No. 1 Panthers thrive in transition early, top No. 8 Lions

Collinsville’s Brittany Rivera (14) shoots against Crossville’s Riley Jones during the second half in the quarterfinal round of the DeKalb County Tournament at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville on Monday night.

Brittany Rivera finished with a game-high 20 points to lead three Collinsville girls in double-figure scoring, as the DeKalb County Tournament’s No. 1-ranked Panthers beat No. 8 Crossville 76-35 on Monday night.

Collinsville (16-2) won the rebounding battle early and used outlet passes to score in transition and sprint to a 25-6 advantage at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville.

Tyla Tatum finished with 13 points for the Panthers and Caroline Brannon chipped in 11 points.

Tatum had a put-back score and made a jump shot off a stolen pass after assisting Rivera with a layup during a 7-1 run from the game’s opening tip-off.

Rivera found Hadley Hamilton for a 3-point basket, Hamilton assisted Brannon with a fast-break layup and Rivera assisted Hamilton with another 3-pointer to close the first period with Collinsville holding a 19-point advantage.

Kinsley Henderson paced the Lions (5-12) with 12 points.

Keyston Henderson made a layup and Kinsley Henderson scored on a fast break early in the second period, but the Panthers’ defense continued creating transition chances for the offense.

Rivera stole a pass and scored after assisting Tatum with a fast-break layup, and Kayla Beene added a transition layup to extend the lead to 34-12 with 3 minutes left in the half.

Collinsville faces No. 5 Sylvania in the semifinal round, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at DeKalb County Schools Coliseum.

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