Kerman drops Dos Palos girls from playoffs

Basketball season is over in Dos Palos after the ninth-seeded Kerman girls team knocked No. 8 Dos Palos out of the Central Section Division 4 playoffs with a 47-43 victory Wednesday in Dos Palos.

“I think we came out expecting to win, and we definitely tried to warn them before hand that that was not the case,” Dos Palos coach Brandy Weaver said. “It’s the playoffs, and Kerman came hungry. As a team, I think they were so focused on the next game and this game kind of fell apart.”

Dos Palos trailed most of the game but went on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter. Kerman pulled away, but the Broncos took a 33-32 lead with 4:47 remaining in the fourth quarter on a Lyric Anderson floater off an offensive rebound. Anderson had the boards nailed down, tallying 23 rebounds to help Dos Palos to a 46-28 rebound advantage.

After a few lead changes, the score leveled again at 36-36 and stayed that way until a Dos Palos timeout with 1:24 remaining. A pair of free throws and a layup by Penelope Kastsaridis put Kerman on top for good.

Throughout the game, the Kerman defense locked down on the paint, causing 13 turnovers in the first half, most of them coming from passes to the post.

“We scouted them before and saw they weren’t really a dominant 3-point shooting team,” Kerman coach Christie O’Daniels said. “And we knew they were dominant in the post and all their guards liked to shoot in the paint also, so we just packed it three high and two low, and just packed it in so tight that they would have to shoot the 3.

“We kind of dared them to shoot it, and they didn’t. That was the game plan, and it worked.”

Dos Palos guard Kayla Hall got to work in the second half, scoring 19 of her 24 points to lead all scorers. Kerman (14-13) had three players in double digits – Kastsaridis with 14, Tyra Marquez Cunningham with 12 and Arshpreet Kaur with 11 (many of hers coming in the form of free throws down the stretch).

The Broncos (17-4) ran afoul of the Central Section referees’ quick whistles and quickly found themselves in foul trouble. Abagale Croninger sat with her second early in the first quarter, and left the game with her fifth with two minutes remaining.