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5A region basketball: Riverview 66, Durant 57

RIVERVIEW — In just its second region semifinal in school history, Riverview had to beat Durant for a fourth time.

No problem for the Sharks, who accomplished that feat with a 66-57 win in Tuesday night's 5A-2 matchup. That earned Riverview a spot in its first region final.

"It's, no question, the best team we've ever had at Riverview High School, and with a lot of upside," Sharks coach Lelani Gordon said.

Two of those players with upside Gordon alluded to have led the team all season, and Tuesday night was no different. Sophomores Monet Williams and Faith Woodard had 14 and 13 points, respectively, to go along with 14 from senior Ashley Favors.

"They're almost fearless," Gordon said of the underclassmen. "They're just young enough not to know how important this is."

Durant (19-6) got a game-high 28 points from Taylor Broadnax but not much from anyone else.

Riverview (27-2), which lost to Orlando Boone in 2006 in its only other region semifinal, dominated from the outset. The Sharks took an 18-5 lead in the first quarter and built that into a 34-13 halftime lead.

The Cougars, who lost the district final to Riverview, fought back with a 10-1 run from the start of the third quarter, but the final score was as close as they could make it.

"I just thought we came out with a lot of energy and we finished," Gordon said. "I thought we wanted it very badly."

Now, that need turns into a quest for a state final four berth in what has been a season of several firsts. That includes Gordon's 400th career win.

5A region basketball: Riverview 66, Durant 57 02/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 11:42pm]
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