Girls basketball: Fivay secures first region quarterfinal berth

Published February 7

HOLIDAY — The last time Fivay lost a game was back on Dec. 1. Since then the Falcons had won 20 consecutive games, including exacting revenge on district rival River Ridge in the second matchup between the teams.

Get ready for a third go-round between Fivay and River Ridge, as the Falcons cruised by host Anclote 64-34, and the Royal Knights defeated Gulf 68-51 in the Class 6A, District 8 girls basketball semifinals. Fivay and River Ridge will play for the district championship on Friday night at 7 p.m.

"I expect it to be really tough," Fivay coach Scott Love said of a third matchup against River Ridge. "They've got good players, a good coach and they play really hard. I expect it to be a tough game."

Fivay (23-2) was able to make easy work of No. 3 seed Anclote (12-11) in the second semifinal of the night, as the Falcons went into halftime with a comfortable 33-12 lead. India Lewis led Fivay with a game-high 24 points in the victory.

To go along with securing a rematch with River Ridge, Fivay was able to clinch the school's first postseason berth for girls basketball. The Falcons will look to extend their win streak to 22 games against a Royal Knights group that edged out a tough Gulf team.

River Ridge (21-5) kept its foot on the gas pedal and made sure to nab a postseason berth in the return season for head coach Joeyn Dearsman. The Royal Knights got contributions from Jayde Doucette (33 points), Ices Utegg (11 points) and Felicia Paul (10 points).

"Our defensive execution against (Fivay) the first time around was amazing," Dearsman said. "The second time we played them we shot 16 for 76. No matter who you play, you're going to have a tough time beating anyone shooting like that."

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