South Charleston was sharp in many areas, shooting 52 percent for the game (the starters shot 59 percent), outrebounding the taller Warriors 30-23 and suffering a mere five turnovers.
"If we're making our 3-pointers, we're pretty hard to beat,'' Herbert said. "What it does to people is they've got to come out on us. The theory [defending] us is to back it up in there and see if we can shoot. If everything's clogged up inside, it takes the driving lanes away, which is what we're best at. If we can hit our 3s, then they've got to come out, and it opens things for our drives.''
It marked the 12th time this season that the Black Eagles won by at least 20 points.
Chad Metten, Riverside's interim coach, marveled at SC's intensity.
"Their press is amazing,'' Metten said. "They play hard, and they know what to do with it. You get a couple turnovers in a row and they score, and it's big momentum.
"They straight outplayed us tonight. They played way harder than we did, and got every loose ball. Honestly, they wanted it more than we did. We settled down a little bit, but couldn't get over the hump. Great teams like that know how to put it away, and they put us away.''
Riverside (9-15), meanwhile, is not eliminated from the postseason, but hits the road to Beckley to face Woodrow on Tuesday. The Flying Eagles (20-4) have won 16 in a row, including an 88-45 rout of Riverside on Feb. 7.
On Friday, the Warriors received 16 points from senior low post Nick Light and 13 from senior guard Marcus Reed.
Riverside's players had several hand-written inspirational messages scrawled on their warmup shirts worn during the pregame shootaround. Among the messages was "Free Dusty.''
Dusty Herscher, the Warriors' second-year coach, and most of his staff were suspended indefinitely about a month ago for unspecified reasons. Principal Valery Harper has turned mum on the subject, not returning repeated calls from the Gazette on the team's coaching situation.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.