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March 4, 2009 > CSD girls survive week one of NCS tourney

CSD girls survive week one of NCS tourney

Fremont Christian girls, CSD boys bounced

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

For Bay Counties League (BCL) teams, California School for the Deaf (CSD) boys and girls, and Fremont Christian girls, the North Coast Section (NCS) Division VI playoffs tipped off last week, and only CSD girls made it beyond the weekend.

CSD hosted a double header of first-round games on Wednesday, Feb. 25, with the No. 11-seeded girls taking on No. 6 El Sobrante in the first game; No. 8 CSD boys took on No. 9 Point Arena.

In the early game, the CSD girls bounced back from their devastating BCL semifinals loss to Fremont Christian a week earlier, and handed El Sobrante a lopsided defeat, 47-33. With the win, CSD moved on to play the No. 3-seeded Tomales on the road, Saturday night.

After watching the girls team leave the court with an upset victory, the boys looked to keep the momentum in their home contest versus Point Arena. It was close to the end, but CSD used its home court to their advantage, and left with a three-point victory, 46-43. The win assured a Saturday-night contest with No. 1-seeded St. Bernard Catholic.

Meanwhile, Fremont Christian girls, with their No. 4 seed, had a first-round bye. They found out on Wednesday night that they'd be hosting No. 5-seeded St. Bernard Catholic on Saturday night, Feb. 28.

However, the bye did not fare well for Fremont Christian's girls team. St. Bernard Catholic bid them farewell, with a minor upset victory on the Fremont Christian court, 51-47, bouncing them from the tournament.

CSD boys knew going into their contest with the top-seeded St. Bernard Catholic team that they would have to play a near-perfect game to leave with a major upset. It wasn't in the cards for CSD to go to St. Bernard Catholic High and leave with a victory. Top-seeded St. Bernard lived to their ranking, and ousted CSD from the tournament with relative ease, 66-45.

CSD girls, however, managed to pull off their second big upset win in a row. Led by Co-MVP of the BCL, Arica Jones, the Lady Eagles of CSD were able to trounce the No. 3-seeded Tomales High by the slimmest of margins, 41-39.

After defeating the No. 6 and 3 seeds of the Division VI bracket of the NCS tournament, it won't be getting easier for the CSD girls. They will travel to Potter Valley on Wednesday, March 4, to take on the No. 2-seeded Potter Valley High at 7:30 p.m.

For complete coverage of all the divisions of the NCS tournament, log on to www.cifncs.org.

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