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Playoff Roundup: Riverdale rolls past Dos Palos

DOS PALOS -- Porsha Rivers knocked Riverdale's Aimee Brooks to the ground, turned to her coach and raised both palms into the air in frustration.

The Dos Palos senior had done everything possible to extend her basketball team's record-breaking 23-win season.

After a moment or two of reflection, Rivers clapped her hands together in acceptance and headed to the bench with her fifth foul -- receiving an ovation from the Dos Palos and Riverdale faithful alike.

Everyone in attendance was appreciative of the effort, but Wednesday's Central Section

Division IV playoff game belonged to Brooks and Riverdale.

Brooks drained her two free throws -- putting a cap on her triple-double evening -- and handing Riverdale a 55-48 victory.

"The first time we played Dos Palos, Brooks didn't play the whole game," Riverdale coach Ricky White said. "So a lot of people didn't get a chance to see what she could do.

"It was an intense, outstanding basketball game. And I think it was a result of the two guards leading their teams."

Brooks turned in a team-high 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for Riverdale (19-13).

Rivers countered with a game-high 16 points, six rebounds, two steals and four assists for DP (23-5).

More impressively, the bulk of those numbers came with one draped all over the other defensively.

"I looked up and saw what (Brooks) was doing to us in the third quarter," Dos Palos coach Doug Hendricks said of the senior's eight points. "She was going right through us, so I figured we'll put our best against theirs.

"I think it was a wash."

Unfortunately for Hendricks, Brooks received more help from her supporting cast.

Five Riverdale players finished with at least eight points.

Brittany Miner and Beth Bledsoe caused particular problems for DP, each chipping in 10 points to help Riverdale take a 42-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Irene Barrantes (8 points), Ashley Borba (8) and Chessa Defrancessco (6 points and 11 rebounds) helped Dos Palos remain close, but DP couldn't get shots to fall when it needed them.

It was a theme all evening.

Dos Palos held a 52-36 rebounding edge -- with the bulk coming on the offensive glass -- but it made little difference.

DP had three separate offensive sequences where it pulled down at least three offensive rebounds, but came away with no points.

"The ball just wouldn't fall tonight," Hendricks said. "We had a bunch of short shots that usually go down for us.

"Unfortunately when you're around basketball this long, on some nights that's how it goes."

Riverdale made 11 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

"They wanted it as badly as we did," Defrancessco said. "Obviously it would have been nice to win, but this was a good end.

"We left it all out on the court and lost to a good team."




SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento jumped out to a 30-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff rout of Livingston.

Ariel Hernandez led Livingston with eight points.



MARIPOSA -- Mariposa ran into a struggle in Summerville's Dalton Lyons in the Division IV opening round.

Lyons scored 30 points as Summerville (20-8) held Mariposa (23-5) to 18 first-half points in the upset.

Tim Oswald led Mariposa with 18 in the loss.