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Gervais girls prepare for league playoffs

by: PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais senior Maria Kirk scored a team-high seven points on senior night in the Lady Cats 50-20 loss Friday to the No. 3 Willamina Bulldogs. Gervais was scheduled to travel to Westside Christian Tuesday to open the league playoffs.The Gervais girls basketball team concluded the regular season Friday with a 50-20 loss to the visiting Willamina Bulldogs Friday night.

The Lady Cats had a difficult time cracking the defense of the No. 3 team in the state, falling behind 23-1 mid-way through the second quarter before going on a 6-2 run to end the half trailing 25-7.

The second half proved to be a much closer contest, as Gervais was able to double its scoring output over the final two quarters.

The team was led by Cassidy Rush’s three blocks, two steals and four rebounds to go along with two points.

In the final home game for Gervais’ seniors, it was Maria Kirk who led the team in scoring, tallying seven points on 3-of-7 shooting.

The Lady Cats (4-18, 4-10 West Valley) finished the season in sixth place in the West Valley Conference and qualified for the league playoffs, where they were scheduled to face fifth-place Westside Christian (10-12, 8-6) Tuesday night.

The two teams played twice during the regular season, with Gervais losing both contests to the Eagles. Westside Christian won the first match 40-15 on Jan. 15 and took the second game by a 55-34 margin earlier this month.

The winning team will advance to the next round of the league playoffs where it will face the fourth-place Dayton Pirates (12-10, 8-6). The top three teams in the West Valley Conference will advance to the 16-team state playoff next week.



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