Diablo Valley defeats Contra Costa in overtime


Julianna Cardinale, Sports editor

Diablo Valley College women’s basketball showed their toughness in the two point overtime defeat of Contra Costa College Friday night.

DVC would start off the game strong with a three pointer from guard Raeona Ford. But they would get into foul trouble toward the end of the quarter, putting CCC in the bonus with four minutes left, allowing them to take the lead.

DVC trailed CCC 19-17 and the end of the first.

With guard Safiyyah Yasin also getting in to some foul trouble, the game would be taken over by Ford. Ford slowed the tempo, allowing DVC to make a comeback  in the second quarter.

DVC would go up 33-30 at the half.

DVC got off to a quick start in the second half, but CCC would not go away quietly, continuing to trade buckets with DVC cutting the lead to just one point.

At the end of the third quarter, DVC lead 51-50.

In the third quarter DVC started off strong, scoring a majority of the point in the beginning minutes, allowing them to go up by seven.

But CCC continued to fight, trading buckets once again with DVC in the last three minutes of the game. With two key three pointers from Cecila Cueno, DVC got a six point cushion with two minutes to play.

Yet, again CCC made a come back, bringing DVC’s lead with in reach, but DVC’s Ford once again came in the clutch, draining another three pointer. But missed free throws would go on to hurt DVC.

In the last ten seconds of the game, CCC tied the game at 77 with a three pointer, which brought the game into overtime.

In the over time period, DVC got another one of Ford’s signature threes to put DVC up 82-78. CCC went on to score once more, but it wouldn’t be enough this time.

DVC took home the win with a score of 82-80.

“We struggled a little bit,” said forward Jojuan Carrington, “but I’m glad we got it done in the end.”

Carrington wasn’t the only one who saw the team struggle throughout the game.

“It was two very competitive teams,” said head coach Ramaundo Vaughn, “we were very fortunate to come away with that victory.”

With such a close victory, DVC still has some things they’d like to work on for the next game.

“We need to work on free throws and boxing out,” said Ford, “because when is came down to the wire tonight those are the things that made the difference.”

Now DVC will move on to the next round of the playoffs to host the winner of Chabot- Sacramento City on March 2.