Monday, April 21, 2014

D’back girls upend Cordova


LADY DIAMONDBACK Madi Aliff is assisted by Sonya Watson in the game against Cordova at Union Mine High School on Wednesday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

From page A11 | November 30, 2012 | Leave Comment

EL DORADO — Madi Aliff’s back-to-back buckets doubled Union Mine’s lead late in the fourth quarter Wednesday as the host Lady Diamondbacks held off Cordova 38-30 to win their season opener.

Seeing its advantage shrink in half and facing Lancer pressure, Union Mine beat the Cordova press on consecutive possessions with Aliff the beneficiary. The D’backs also received six points from Kim Mueller in the quarter to stave off the Lancers’ comeback bid.

Aliff and Mueller, each All-Sierra Valley Conference performers last season, are centerpieces of a senior class that returns six to the fold, including point guard Deyanira Ventura, wing Alex Smith and guards Sonya Watson and Brianna Lara. Rounding out the roster for coaches Chris Del Rio and Dave Del Rio are two juniors and three sophomores.

At times Wednesday, play was ragged for both teams — not entirely unexpected for the first game. Both stuck with zone defenses which proved effective. After a decent start on Aliff’s foul-line banker and Smith’s two free throws, the hosts fell victim to turnovers and fouls that switched the lead but Union Mine never trailed after Savannah Scott popped a corner three-pointer to close the first quarter.

The D’backs found a late spark in the second but so did Cordova. Union Mine led 16-13 at the halftime break. Mueller and Ventura, who each picked up three quick fouls, saw very limited playing time in the first 16 minutes.

“We had 11 fouls in the first quarter. We were fortunate they struggled on their free throws,” Dave said.

A quick start let the D’backs extend to open the third. Aliff’s putback, Smith’s wing jumper, a Trisha Tolbert putback and Smith’s two free throws had Union Mine up nine before the pesky Lancers hit the glass to pull within 28-24 heading to the fourth.

After a series of turnovers hit both sides, Mueller’s two free throws with 4:32 left opened the scoring in the final quarter. Aliff found Mueller for two but Cordova rallied to inch back within four. With time winding down, Aliff scored twice underneath to cement the win.

“We spread our zone a little and opened it up. We’re doing different things,” Dave said. “I’m looking forward to this team — it’s a great set of girls and the six seniors really want to make the playoffs.”

Union Mine can reach the postseason, its main goal, with 15 wins according to a new CIF rule. Last year the D’backs won 13.

After the seniors, the junior class is Tolbert and Stephanie Preacher, aggressive rebounders who’ve improved over the summer.

The sophomore trio is Scott, Kinsey Del Rio and Yvonne Taylor; three hardworking players who have stepped up and bring ball handling, shooting and rebounding skills to the mix.

Three players decided not to return to the team this winter including junior Tiffany Nesterenko, the team’s third-leading scorer a year ago, who’s now at Ponderosa.


Discussion | No comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .


    Air quality rating up in the air

    By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

    GDPUD: Budget and GM are top topics

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

    Mountain lion seen in Placerville

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

    CTE a pathway to higher wages, higher-demand jobs

    By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1

    Heard over the back fence: Earth Day at the library

    By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

    New top 10 fugitive could be in area

    By News Release | From Page: A3

    Community Action Council seeks new member

    By Health and Human Services Agency | From Page: A3

    Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinics May 3-4

    By Hangtown Kennel | From Page: A9



    Retain Joe Harn as auditor

    By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 10 Comments

    Belltower: El Niño or el nada?

    By Michael Raffety | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    The balancing act: Save the whales

    By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4



    Tell the truth, don’t confuse voters

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    Local petitions circulating

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 6 Comments

    Chess club

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

    True Christian

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5



    Sports Scene: April 20, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

    All Star team shows competive balance

    By Special to the Democrat | From Page: A6

    Australian rugby team visits Cameron park

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

    Roundup: Cougars drop finale

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

    Red hot Rico Abreu blazes to victory

    By Gary Thomas | From Page: A6

    Schedule: April 21-26, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

    Rains to present at AMA conference

    By David Albee | From Page: A7



    As we were: Supervisors can’t decide

    By Ken Deibert | From Page: B2

    Spend time in River City

    By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Help with healthcare decisions

    By Snowline Hospice Thrift Stores | From Page: B3

    Time to enter El Dorado County Fair

    By El Dorado County Fair | From Page: B3

    Cantare Chorale seeks new director

    By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B3

    Volunteers needed for day of service

    By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B10



    Lake levels 4-17-14

    By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

    DUI Log: Feb. 28-April 3

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2



    Dianne Johnson

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Michael R. Sponsler

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Daniel Bish Sr. funeral notice

    By Contributor | From Page: A2


    Real Estate



    Horoscope, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    Horoscope, Monday, April 21, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    TV Listings

    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    Speed Bump

    By Contributor | From Page: A8


    By Contributor | From Page: A8


    By Contributor | From Page: A8


    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    American Profile Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A8


    By Contributor | From Page: A8

    New York Times Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A8