BOARDMAN — There is no stopping the Riverside girls basketball team as the Pirates wrapped up the brunt of their nonleague schedule Tuesday.
In the first of two games at Riverside High, the Pirates hosted the Pilot Rock Rockets — who won three of their last five games.
The Rockets, however, were no match for the streaking Pirates as Riverside handed Pilot Rock a 45-35 loss.
Led by junior Alondra Caldera, who scored a game-high 16 points, the Pirates (10-2) claimed their sixth consecutive victory.
The Rockets (8-4) made things interesting to start, and held their own to give Riverside a narrow 15-11 lead after the first quarter.
Both teams were held to single digits in the second quarter, but the Pirates were able to bounce back after the break and outscored Pilot Rock 22-14 in the second half.
Along with Caldera’s game best performance, she notched five assists and five rebounds.
For the Rockets, junior Kaitelyn Evans was the top scorer with 12 points.
Riverside will brave what should be a stormy Friday and travel to Nyssa to open league play. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Pilot Rock will host two nonleague games before it opens league play. First up on the schedule is a 6 p.m. matchup with Imbler on Friday.
PR 11 8 7 7 — 35
RHS 15 9 10 11 — 45
PILOT ROCK — K. Evans 12, S. Weinke 8, G. Austin 6, K. Deist 5, R. Oates 3, L. Brewer 1.
RIVERSIDE — A. Caldera 16, F. Rosen 8, Br. Avalos 6, E. Daltoso 6, S. Wightman 4, A. Hernandez 3, C. Garcia 2.
3-pointers — PR 1, RHS 2. Free throws — PR 10-22, RHS 13-29. Fouls — PR 20, RHS 19.
RIVERSIDE 69, PILOT ROCK 55 — With league play days away, Riverside was looking at entering the Columbia Basin Conference on a potential four-game skid but a 69-55 win Tuesday against Pilot Rock snapped the three-game losing streak and gave the Pirates much needed momentum.
“It was a good win for them,” head coach Clair Costello said.
Junior Mario Madrigal led the charge with a team-high 17 points. He also knocked down 5 of Riverside’s 13 3-pointers.
The Pirates (6-6) had a tall task going against the Rockets (7-5). They had to somehow contain Pilot Rock’s star forward senior Bryson Pierce.
Pierce ended the night with a game-high 25 points but his efforts weren’t enough to carry his team. Only four other Rockets would score, two of whom finished in double digits — fellow seniors Chris Weinke (16) and Levi Thieme (10).
Meanwhile, seven Pirates notched points in their first win in nearly three weeks.
Behind Madrigal, seniors Felix Aparicio (11) and Mason Hegar (10) and sophomore Johan Pena (11) aided Riverside in its highest scoring game of the season.
Hegar was also good for 13 rebounds, and sophomore Cristian Rea finished with a team-best 10 assists to go along with five points.
Riverside will join the girls team in Nyssa on Friday.
Pilot Rock will also enjoy another doubleheader and welcome Imbler on Friday.
PR 19 14 11 11 — 55
RHS 20 19 16 14 — 45
PILOT ROCK — B. Pierce 25, C. Weinke 16, L. Thieme 10, L. Weinke 2, B. Key 2.
RIVERSIDE — M. Madrigal 17, F. Barajas 12, J. Pena 11, F. Aparicio 11, M. Hegar 10, C. Rea 5, F. Chavez 3.
3-pointers — PR 2, RHS 13. Free throws — PR 9-9, RHS 8-17. Fouls — PR 14, RHS 13.
KENNEWICK (WA) 57, UMATILLA 43 — The Umatilla Vikings were hoping to enter the new year on a better note, but a 57-43 loss against Kennewick (WA) on Tuesday would squander their chance.
The Vikings (11-3) were coming off a 2-1 outing at the Salem Academy Christian Holiday Tournament, and had the home-court advantage. But the Lion (4-5) crossed the Washington-Oregon border hungry for a win, and that’s just what they got.
Umatilla will have a chance to bounce back before league play begins next and will continue its homestand by hosting Stanfield on Thursday. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.