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Fall River girls take down CV 60-57 in OT

Central Valley High's McKenzie Cassingham (left) dribbles up the court with Fall River's Marissa Leighton guarding her on the press. (Contributed photo -- Jennifer Leighton)

When you are a smaller division school, sometimes the larger schools hesitate to schedule you, and are even less likely to travel to play you.

But credit Central Valley for choosing to make the trip to Fall River.

The Falcons varsity girls came into the game 5-3 on the season, and for four quarters, the Division IV Falcons and the Division VI Bulldogs played nearly even. But Fall River won 60-57 in overtime.

Fall River held the early advantage, but never by much, and after 3 quarters, it had a 7-point lead. The Bulldogs top scorer, Marissa Leighton had 4 fouls going into the 4th and three other players had 3. When Central Valley started to come back, and things looked dire, Natalie Osborne hit two crucial 3 pointers to keep Fall River in range. Then in the overtime, the Bulldogs finished the job for the three point victory.

Fall River had 9 players score, and with the top scorer getting just 14, balance was the key to this effort. Leighton had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and also 5 assists, despite playing through foul trouble. Rylee Pevehouse had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Ciena Gregory added 9 points and 12 rebounds. Natalie Osborne had a rough shooting night going just 2-9, but she hit 2 crucial 3 pointers when they were needed for 6 points and also dished out 5 assists and had 6 steals.

Zoey Burns scored 17 points to lead CV while Kaylin Boyd scored 12 points. Kylee King pulled down 11 rebounds and scored 9 points and McKenzie Cassingham dished 9 Assists and had 7 steals.

The Bulldogs (4-2) on the season, next will see action in the Burney Jamboree, while Central Valley (5-4) will take on U-Prep in its own tournament.

Wil Keepers is a teacher, coach, and writer, who now teaches Science and coaches Track and Cross-Country at Fall River High School. He has 18 years of experience as a teacher, 12 years experience as a cross-country coach, nine years experience as a track coach, and six years coaching middle school basketball. He began writing four years ago and in August 2018 began writing for Shasta County Sports. He has been married for 21 years, and has three daughters

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