In what may be the highest single-game scoring performance for any local player this season, Richland senior Tanner Riddle poured in a school-record 58 points earlier this week.
Riddle’s historic game came on Jan. 17 in the Iberia Tournament against Vienna, with Richland winning 83-47.
He went 23-for-30 from the field overall, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He was 9-for-10 from the free throw line and added eight steals, two assists and three rebounds.
Riddle started off hot and never slowed down. He scored the game’s first nine points, had 20 points in the first quarter and 11 more points in the second quarter.
“He worked his tail off the whole game for what he got,” Bears coach Anthony Caruso said in an email. “In the second half we were really able to get after them defensively and his teammates had a good idea that he was already at 31 in the first half, so those guys kept feeding him the ball, finding him for easy layups.”
For the season, Riddle leads the Bears with 19 points per game along with six rebounds. Fellow senior Dillon Zeigenbein, a 6’8” forward, is averaging 14 points and close to seven rebounds. Freshman Ethan Fagre is averaging 11.5 points per game.
Richland (6-5 overall) faces Iberia in the Iberia Tournament championship game tonight.
RICHLAND SCORING BOOK VS. VIENNA