The Newport girls basketball team awoke its sleeping offense to pull away from the Riverside Lady Rams 57-35 in the regular season finale for both teams.
The Lady Grizzlies, who trailed 19-14 midway through the second quarter, went on an 11-3 run to open the third quarter to break the game open.
Sparking the Newport run was junior guard Courtney Weise, who buried a pair of 3-pointers. Her second long-range shot gave Newport a 36-22 lead.
Weise would later earn an old fashioned 3-point play to extend the Lady Grizzlies’ advantage to 45-24 going into the fourth quarter.
Courtney Davis, the Lady Rams leading scorer, sparked her team’s second quarter run with seven straight points.
Davis finished with a team-high 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Miranda Fredrick led the Lady Grizzlies with 18 points.
Riverside (2-8 in the Northeast A League) opens the District VII tournament on Saturday against Lakeside (5-5).