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5A-8 district basketball: Riverview 77, Durant 56

Durant’s Kay Cee Nelson reaches in as Riverview’s Monet Williams tries to maintain possession.


Durant’s Kay Cee Nelson reaches in as Riverview’s Monet Williams tries to maintain possession.

PLANT CITY — Having knocked off second-seeded Tampa Bay Tech in the Class 5A, District 8 semifinals, tournament host Durant went gunning for No. 1 Riverview in Friday night's district final.

The Cougars stayed close — for three quarters.

Then the Sharks pulled away, scoring the first 11 points of the fourth quarter en route to a lopsided 30-11 scoring advantage for that frame. It added up to a 77-56 Riverview win of historic proportions.

"That's the first district championship we've ever had at Riverview and I couldn't be happier," said Riverview coach Lelani Gordon, who last month notched her 400th career win.

Faith Woodard scored a game-high 34 to lead the Sharks, none more important than the six she had in that 11-0 run that helped her team go from a 47-45 lead at the end of the third quarter to 58-45.

"She's one of the best sophomores — one of the best players — I've ever had," Gordon said of Woodard, a forward.

Woodard had plenty of help in the Sharks' fast-break attack. Teammates Monet Williams and Ashley Favors scored 15 and 13 points.

The Cougars did not go down without a fight. They rallied from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to pull within two by the end of that frame.

Pacing Durant's offense was Taylor Broadnax, who finished with 30 points, including three 3-pointers.

Durant did not have another player in double figures.

5A-8 district basketball: Riverview 77, Durant 56 02/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 11:56pm]
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