Woodside Priory ended the first quarter with an 11-0 run and then went on to defeat Cloverdale 58-42 in the quarterfinals of the girls Division 5 CIF basketball playoffs Saturday night in Portola Valley.
Taking a 17-5 lead after one quarter, the Panthers maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way. Cloverdale narrowed the gap to 38-25 with 2:20 remaining in the third, but could get no closer.
Priory enjoyed a huge height advantage and used that edge to dominate the boards. On more than a handful of occasions, the home team got put-back baskets.
The Eagles’ tallest player is 5-foot-6 while the Panthers have a 6-foot-3 center in Ila Lane. Priory’s other front-court players were just under 6 feet.
“They were too big for us,” Cloverdale coach Rick Berry said. “They were just a better team. They shot well, rebounded well and just did everything well.”
The outcome might’ve been closer, but Cloverdale’s Carsyn Stewart suffered concussion symptoms early in the second quarter and didn’t return.
“She’s our best defensive player, but that’s no excuse,” Berry said.
Teanne Edens led the Cloverdale offense with 15 points. Angel Bernardi contributed 12.
For Priory, guard Kara Reiss had 19 points, while 5-foot-9 Gabby Ruiz added 16 and Lane finished with 14. All three are freshmen.
Priory, the No. 3 seed, will carry a 19-6 record into the next round. The Panthers have won 14-of-15.
Cloverdale, the No. 6 seed, finishes 25-8.
The highlight of the season came last Wednesday when the Eagles defeated Mariposa County 52-33 in the opening round of the state tournament. It was the first time since 1984 that a Cloverdale girls team won a CIF game.
“We had a great year,” Berry said. “The girls played every game to the final whistle and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”