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RVA girls fall in 1A playoff opener

A tough shooting night proved to be costly for the Rogue Valley Adventist girls basketball team, as the Red Tail Hawks fell 31-24 to Prairie City in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs Wednesday night.

Both RVA and Prairie City shot just 23% for the game, but the Red Tail Hawks’ shooting struggles proved to make a 16-10 halftime deficit tough to overcome.

“We played really good defense, I thought,” said RVA head coach Mike Glasgow. “We held them to 31 points and did a decent job there. We just couldn’t score.”

Junior forward Emma Bischoff recorded a double-double with 11 points and 23 rebounds — 17 of which came on the defensive end of the floor — to lead RVA (18-5), which managed just four fourth-quarter points against Prairie City (14-10).

RVA’s Michaela Porter added eight points and six rebounds, while Isabell Zamora finished with five points to round out the scoring. The Red Tail Hawks tied Trinity Lutheran for the Mountain Valley League regular-season title but lost to the Saints in the league’s tournament championship to take the league’s No. 2 seed into the playoffs.

Prairie City, out of the High Desert League, got 15 points from junior guard Betty Ann Wilson.

“We had a great year,” said Glasgow. “We’re young and have everybody back next year. Finishing in second place in the Mountain Valley was good, and we’re optimistic about next year.”