The Wolverines were down 19-10 in the first quarter, but kept the pressure on the Mustangs, eventually gaining a 39-33 advantage. From there, No. 3 seed Deer Valley was able to force turnovers and roll to victory.
“I thought we played one of our best games of the year,” head coach Mark Anger said. “We really just wore them down in the second half.”
Fresno State-bound senior guard Raven Fox scored 23 for the Wolverines. Junior guard Monique Mulder particularly impressed Anger, putting up 19 more – 15 of those points coming from the perimeter.
Deer Valley advances Wednesday to face the No. 2 seed, Carondelet. The Wolverines took a hard defeat earlier this year to the Cougars, losing 67-41 on Jan. 8.
San Ramon Valley 73, Deer Valley 64
Deer Valley’s boys team saw its season come to an end Friday night, losing 73-62 to an athletic San Ramon Valley squad.
The Wolverines, co-champions of the Bay Valley Athletic League, impressed head coach LeChet Phillips, but were unable to hang with the Wolves later in the game.
“We did well, started out strong, but we just had our little strips and let down a bit,” Phillips said. “San Ramon’s a really good team. They got to us.”
Senior forward Andre McPhail led Deer Valley with 18 points. Sophomore forward Marcus Lee added 16 more. Sophomore guard Kendall Smith and junior guard Dylan Williams each put 12 points on the scoreboard.
While McPhail will not be back next year, Phillips said he felt this playoff run was a great experience for his returners – such as Lee, Smith, Williams and junior guard Chris Canady. The Wolverines finished their season 21-7.
“We wound up as a really young team, which bodes well for the future,” Phillips said. “We started something great here now.”
Castro Valley 77, Antioch 53
Antioch had one of its best seasons in history, but it wasn’t enough to overcome top-seeded Castro Valley on Friday night, as the Panthers lost 77-53 in the second round of the NCS playoffs.
Junior guard Drew Cones led Antioch with 10 points. Senior forward Michael Crawley and senior guard Tyvon Walker each scored nine. Senior guard Namuji Madoshi contributed eight points to the effort.
“I thought in the first half, we played well,” head coach John Woolery said. “We could’ve made a few more plays. We played hard and I thought we played pretty good.”
The Panthers were able to hang with the Trojans early on, but it became apparent quickly that Castro Valley was just too much to overcome. The Trojans have only one blemish on their season – a 70-68 loss to Berkeley in December.
Woolery was ecstatic with the way his team performed this season, despite the sour ending.
“I started here four years ago and this is my first class,” Woolery said. “To see those guys win a league championship, it was awesome – very fulfilling.”