Upstart Raiders upset El Camino

With just two seconds left and the game tied on El Camino's home court, River City High School's Katie King stepped to the line for three free throws. She focused, and sank two of them to seal a win in playoff game two. (Photo by DE'ONNA JACK)


After winning their first game of the playoffs Tuesday against Rocklin, River City traveled to El Camino last night.

El Camino boasted a 10-0 league record during regular season, 24-5 overall.

In Thursday’s match, El Camino scored a few quick baskets, as did River City. El Camino would eventually take the lead and by the end of the first quarter, El Camino was ahead 16-13.  At halftime, they were still up, 27-21 .

River City came out halftime pressing and getting a few steals, surging a comeback. By the end of the third quarter,  the game was tied 33-33.

The game would see more lead changes. With just 47.3 seconds left in the game, it was all tied again 48-48. River City kept El Camino from scoring on their next possession and after a time out, River City ran some time off the clock holding the ball. With just two  seconds left in the game, the Raiders’ Katie King was fouled while taking a three-point shot.

Katie went to the line and missed the first shot. Then she made the next two, putting River City ahead 50-48.

With less than a second, El Camino threw the ball  inbounds and took a quick shot — and missed.

River City was still ahead at the buzzer, winning in dramatic fashion. Final score: 50-48.

Katie King finished the game with 26 points.

River City now travels to McNair in Stockton on Tuesday, February 28. McNair finished their regular season at 8-2 in their division and 26-3 overall. The game will be played at University of the Pacific, at a time to be announced later.

Jordan Ligons: 16 points to lead the Raiders in scoring against Rocklin on Tuesday (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

Here’s a quick recap of the first playoff game, against Rocklin at home on Tuesday:

River City pretty much dominated the game and won 57-38. The high scorers for RCHS against Rocklin were Jordan Ligons with 16, Marrissa Tyler with 15 and Katie King with 14.

Junior Katie King (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)


RCHS Junior Marrissa Tyler, in play against Rocklin (photo by DE'ONNA JACK)

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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