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Tuesday, Jan 07 2014 10:17 PM

Ridgeview girls finally end drought against Mustangs

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Jalah Boston advances the ball toward the front court while Ridgeview defenders Kameron Taylor (left) and Alexia Cooper (right) guard her during Tuesday night's game at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Lexy Girado and Ridgeview's Dana Degraffenreid battle for a rebound during action at Ridgeview Tuesday night.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ridgeview's Zarreah Brown keeps up with Stockdale's Lexy Girado who's driving to the basket during action Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale forward Lexy Girado brings the ball up court while Ridgeview guard Mikaela Gonzalez defends during the first half Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Jalah Boston tries to pass to a teammate while Ridgeview defenders Ashley Brown (right) and Zarreah Brown (center) reach for the ball Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ridgeview guard goes to the basket while Stockdale forward Lexy Girado defends Tuesday night at Ridgeview High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Jennifer Leon gets a rebound and dribbles while Ridgeview's Dana Degraffenreid guards her in the first half Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale forward Lexy Girado dribbles to the basket while Ridgeview forward Aubrey Stone defends during Tuesday night's game at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ridgeview guard Kameron Taylor looks to set up a play against Stockdale Tuesday night.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Referee Arley Hill winces as the Stockdale and Ridgeview centers tap the tip-off of Tuesday night's game at Ridgeview High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ridgeview's Dana Degraffenreid drives to the basket while Stockdale's Jennifer Leon defends during first half action Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Ridgeview's Dana Degraffenreid sturggles for a rebound while Stockdale's Destiny Greenwood reaches for the ball Tuesday night at Ridgeview High.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Jalah Boston gets a rebound and dribbles as Ridgeview's Dana Degraffenreid defends during the first half Tuesday night at Ridgeview.

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    By Nick Ellis / Special to The Californian

    Stockdale's Lexy Girado fouls Ridgeview's Zarreah Brown while shooting in the first half at Ridgeview Tuesday night.

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BY STEPHEN LYNCH Special to The Californian

After years of falling short, the Ridgeview girls basketball team finally beat its greatest nemesis.

Spurred on by an aggressive pressure defense, the Wolf Pack downed visiting Stockdale 64-38 in non-league action on Tuesday night.

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Stockdale (2-7) came into the game with a record of 15-0 against Ridgeview since the 2004-05 season, the farthest back the history of the rivalry is documented. Wolf Pack coach Michael Martin said he believes Tuesday night's victory is the first-ever for Ridgeview over Stockdale in girls basketball.

"I talked to the girls today about making history tonight by beating Stockdale," Martin said. "This is huge for us."

Mikaela Gonzalez had 17 points, including three 3-pointers, and Dana Degraffenreid added 8 points and 8 rebounds for Ridgeview, which jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead and never trailed.

"We've been wanting Stockdale for a while since we lost to them last year in their tournament championship," Gonzalez said. "And we finally got them."

Ridgeview (5-7) harassed a young Mustangs team, featuring just one returning starter from last year, into 41 turnovers.

Stockdale went more than 17 minutes, starting early in the second quarter, without making a single field goal.

"The same pressure they used on us over the years, we used it back on them tonight," Martin said.

"Made them play full-court, handle the ball. We just fouled too much tonight."

The Mustangs made only five shots from the field. Ridgeview had that many or more in every quarter.

"I feel that we got out-hustled, out-toughed," Stockdale first-year coach Davion Bruce said.

"Ridgeview is a real physical, aggressive team and we didn't fight back. We pretty much got bullied tonight."

Destiny Greenwood led Stockdale with 13 points, including 10 on free throws.

Free throws were the only thing that kept the Mustangs reasonably close.

Stockdale finished 27 of 37 (73-percent) from the foul line.

Thanks to a huge rebounding advantage and 15 fewer turnovers, Ridgeview took more than double the number of shots from the field than Stockdale did.

The Wolf Pack finished 25 of 69 (36-percent) from the floor while Stockdale was 5 of 30 (17-percent).

Jackie Tofoya tallied 10 points and five steals and Aubrey Stone chipped in 10 points for Ridgeview.

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