"It's been a tough week,'' said Warriors coach Dusty Herscher, whose squad has dropped four straight and five of six. "[Nitro] played hard. Our guys haven't given effort for a week. I don't know what's going on.
"I know last week we can blame it on sickness, we had three people with the flu, but if you don't go out there and play hard you're going to lose a lot of games. We played tough against South Charleston [a 48-42 loss in the first meeting] and had senior leadership. Right now we have no leadership. I'm going to have to start looking around to see who is going to step up.''
Riverside began the season with three straight wins and was 4-1 heading into the Christmas break.
"We went down to the Civic Center and beat Capital by 25 [a 73-48 win], then we got shelled by South Charleston [an 80-48 loss] the second go-around and haven't played well since,'' Herscher said. "I don't have any answers.
"I've tried being nice, I've tried screaming and yelling and I've tried my other coaches getting on them. I'm looking for answers right now. I talked to [Winfield] Coach [Pat] McGinnis after our game [a 67-55 loss Friday] and he gave me some good words to try and get [our players] back. To see an effort like [Tuesday night against Nitro], it's tough.''
Riverside senior Nick Light led the way with 13 points and senior Marcus Reed dropped in 10, which was 5.6 points below his team-leading average.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.