By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
The Rincon Valley Christian boys opened the game with an 18-2 run and went on to defeat visiting California School for the Deaf, 66-44, in an NCS Division 6 quarterfinal Saturday night.
Next up for the top-seeded Eagles is a semifinal match-up with No. 4 Laytonville. The Warriors moved on with a 72-55 victory over Mendocino.
Cavin Hawkins led the rout over No. 6 CSD with 22 points. Garrett Robert scored 16 and had eight assists while Paul Meihaus contributed 11 points.
“That run to open the game seemed to put the CSD players back on their heels,” winning coach Darren Nelson said. “They never recovered.”
The Eagles led 25-6 after one quarter and increased the margin to 35-13 at halftime.
Nelson’s pre-game message was succinct.
“I told the guys to come out focused and play as a team,” he said. “I knew if they did that, we’d come out just fine.
“After the big first quarter, we got a little stagnant on offense in the second but began moving the ball well and attacking in the third quarter.
“Overall, it wasn’t a great game for us but certainly a good one.”
The Eagles, the champs of North Central League II, improved to 25-4 overall and are 12-0 at home. They were the only team in the Redwood Empire to receive a No. 1 seed.
CSD finished the season with an 18-10 record.
TOMALES 48, POINT ARENA 33
Raelynne Talafili played her best game of the year while leading the host Tomales girls to victory in an NCS Division 6 quarterfinal Saturday night.
The Braves, the No. 4 seed, will travel to No. 1 Ferndale on Wednesday. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals with a 56-26 win over Anderson Valley.
Talafili scored 14, which is double her average. The 5-foot-6 senior also had six rebounds and three steals
“It was by far her best game of the year,” coach Chris Kenyon said. “I’ve been telling her all season to be aggressive on offense and if she drove to the basket good things would happen.
“She did that against Point Arena, taking the ball to hole and splitting the defense.”
Tomales never trailed and led 15-8 after one quarter and 29-15 at halftime.
“We shot the ball well in the first half and our defense was strong the entire game,” Kenyon said. “We made it difficult for them to score.”
Taylor Dilks scored a majority of Point Arena’s points, finishing with 21.
Tomales’ Janelle Kehoe led all rebounders with 14. She came in averaging five boards per game.
Kayla Furlong also had a solid game for the winners as she pulled down eight rebounds and was credited with four steals.
Tomales plays on with a 19-10 record while Point Arena’s season is complete with a 21-6 mark.
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