Carlson's 15 points, 17 boards not enough for Mac-Hi against Riverside

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BOARDMAN, Ore. - Mac-Hi's Makia Carlson scored 15 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to lead the Pioneer girls against Riverside Friday night, but it wasn't enough, as Mac-Hi fell to the Pirates, 54-47, after turning the ball over 33 times.

Kaitlin Erm drained three 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the loss.

"We knew it was going to be a battle coming in," Mac-Hi coach Nicole Christian said. "They (Mac-Hi players) were happy, along with the coaching staff, with how the game went. We definitely knew this was a game we could have had, and we get them coming to our place (Jan. 3), so take away those turnovers and we could have had it."

Mac-Hi drops to 0-5 on the season, and is breaking in a new coaching staff after going 0-25 last season.

Riverside improves to 1-7.

The Pioneers kept the game close through the first half, trailing 26-23 at halftime, but Riverside blew the game open with an 18-10 third quarter. The Pioneers outscored the Pirates 14-10 in the fourth, but fell short of making a comeback.

"We're just trying to improve ourselves," Christian said. "We're right where we want to be, just minus the turnover part. We're just working on the little things so that we can get that first W."

Mac-Hi will get a chance for that first win Wednesday when the Pioneers host Touchet at 2:30 p.m.

Riverside 54 Mac-Hi 47,

RIVERSIDE (54) - Lezama 0 1-6 1, Lopez 10 1-6 21, Olvera 2 0-2 4, Hernandez 1 0-0 2, Jimeniz 0 2-6 2, Leon 1 1-2 3, Guerra 2 2-5 7, Domingues 1 0-0 2, Totals 22 8-31 54.

MAC-HI (47) - Fite 1 2-2 3, Korea 1 0-0 3, Kessler 1 2-4 4, Erm 4 3-6 14, Brannan 1 1-4 4, Carlson 3 7-14 15, Vaughan 1 0-0 3, 12 15-35 47.

Riverside 12 14 18 10 - 54

Mac-Hi 10 13 10 14 - 47

3-point goals - Riv 2 (Guerra, Lopez), Mac 6 (Korea, Erm 3, Brannan, Vaughan). Total fouls - Riv 26, Mac 22. Fouled out - Riv 2 (Leon, Gonzales), Mac 1 (Kessler). Technical fouls - Riv 1 (Lopez) Mac (Brannan). Rebounds - Riv not reported, Mac 48 (Carlson 17). Turnovers - Riv not reported, Mac 33. Assists - Riv not reported, Mac 7 (Fite 4).

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