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Riverdale gets region sweep

By Anthony Rhoads

The last time the Riverdale and Lithonia girls basketball teams met, Riverdale cruised to a 61-point victory.

When the teams met Tuesday night for a re-match, Riverdale (13-3) again cruised to victory, beating Lithonia 77-35 at home.

"We just used tonight to work on some things," Riverdale head coach Derick Powell said. "We beat them pretty handily earlier in the season and we knew tonight was a good night to work on some things and get some girls into the game who normally don't play much."

Lithonia led 5-4 three minutes into the game but Riverdale went on a 19-0 run to close the first quarter. Riverdale led 23-5 at the end of the first quarter, 36-14 at the half and 59-21 going into the fourth quarter.

Antoinette Williams paced Riverdale with 22 points while Shalondan Hollingshed scored 12 and Sasha Simmons scored 11. Anquaneice Lewis chipped in nine points.

"We're getting better the season goes along," Riverdale head coach Derick Powell said. "We want to be playing our best when the region tournament comes around. That's when it really counts."

With the regular season winding down, Powell wants his team to turn it up a notch against quality teams in the region.

"The keys down the stretch will be for us to play well against Morrow and handle the pressure of Stephenson and Redan," Powell said. "Those are going to be very, very tough games. With those three teams, it's going to come down to who is who is going to play best that given night."

Riverdale 70, Lithonia 69 (boys): While the Riverdale girls had little trouble Tuesday night, the Riverdale boys had to fight off a determined Lithonia team.

Riverdale led 17-15 at the end of the first quarter but pulled away in the second. Riverdale outscored Lithonia 26-11 in the second quarter to take a 43-26 half-time advantage.

Lithonia fought back, getting to within five at the end of the third quarter (55-50).

Lithonia outscored Riverdale 19-15 in the fourth quarter, but Riverdale was able to hold on for the victory.

Gani Lawal led Riverdale with 20 points and Quentin Bracey added 15. Riverdale head coach David Boyd was out because of the flu.

Rankings: The Lady Cardinals stayed at No. 1 in the Class AAAA gasports.net state coaches poll this week. Last Friday, the Lady Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season North Atlanta. Other ranked teams from the area include the Stockbridge boys at No. 6 in Class AAAA, the North Clayton boys at No. 7 in Class AAAA and the Riverdale girls at No. 9 in Class AAAAA.