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March 11, 2009 > CSD's Cinderella run ends

CSD's Cinderella run ends

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

California School for the Deaf (CSD) girls basketball team saw its North Coast Section (NCS) Division VI tournament run take them all the way to the championship game, but the clock struck midnight and weren't able to take home the title.

After the 11th-seeded Lady Eagles were able to send the number-six El Sobrante and third-seeded Tomales packing, CSD went into their semifinals matchup against number two Potter Valley on Wednesday, March 4, with nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

And just like the first two rounds played out for CSD, their contest with Potter Valley saw the higher seed leaving the court with their heads hung low.

Three quarters of play went by with neither team taking an edge (Potter Valley held the lead by five). In the fourth and final period, the Lady Eagles came out soaring. In the offensive half, CSD was able to put up 18 points - their highest-scoring quarter of the game - while on the defensive end, they shut down the Potter Valley attack to the tune of six points (their lowest-scoring quarter).

CSD advanced to the finals of the Division VI NCS tournament with the 47-40 victory. CSD senior forward, Arica Jones, carried her team to victory with 29 points, 18 boards, 11 blocks and five steals.

In the finals, CSD traveled to Sonoma Academy to take on the top-seeded Lady Coyotes. After keeping the game tight through the first quarter of play, Sonoma Academy jumped out to a sizeable advantage when Jones left the court with a bloody nose. At the half, Sonoma was up by 12.

Jones returned to the floor in the third and willed the Lady Eagles back into the game. However, the lead was too much of a hurdle for the 11-seeded CSD to overcome against the cream of the crop in the DVI tourney. Sonoma regained its 12-point edge and held onto it, winning the title match, 46-34.

CSD's season came to an end with the loss to Sonoma Academy on Saturday, March 7, but they look to take the post-season momentum into next season, as they return eight players to their NCS Division VI runner-up squad.

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