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Saturday May 28th, 2016 8:13AM

Girls playoffs: River Ridge pulls away late to end Chestatee's run

By staff
WOODSTOCK -- When Erin Clifford banked in her fourth 3-pointer of the night with just seconds to play in the third quarter, it seemed as though the state quarterfinals were beckoning the Chestatee girls basketball team.

Jordan Livesay wasn't listening, however.

The River Ridge senior responded with six of her game-high 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Lady Knights fend off a determined Lady War Eagles 44-34 in Woodstock.

The guard's burst helped River Ridge close the contest on a 12-0 run, as she hit one field goal and two free throws to knock Chestatee from the state playoffs.

The Lady War Eagles (23-6) did their best to unseat the Region 7-AAAA champs, battling from the outset and going basket-for-basket with the Lady Knights (22-8) in a contest that featured 21 lead changes.

Chestatee opened with Clifford's first 3-pointer of the night -- the senior would sink three more to finish with 12 points, including her second just before halftime. The long-distance effort pushed the Lady War Eagles ahead 20-19 at the interval, capping a 12-point second quarter.

Chestatee stayed warm from behind the arc in the third quarter, as Sam Brown sank one trey while Clifford drilled two more to stay in step with River Ridge.

Yet the Lady Knights found an answer just before the start of the fourth quarter, as post Parker Nayman converted a three-point play to edge ahead 32-31.

Maegan Kenimer snatched the advantage back for the visitors at the start of the final period, scoring inside for a 34-32 lead -- it was the final lead the Lady War Eagles would hold and was also their sole field goal of the final eight minutes.

River Ridge's Livesay and Ilana Hamilton scored back-to-back baskets, before Livesay added another and two free throws to claim a 42-34 lead -- the largest of the night for either team -- as the Lady Knights pulled away for the victory.

Brown finished with nine points for Chestatee, while Kenimer added seven. The duo, along with fellow starters Clifford and Katie Arthur, each played their final contest for the Lady War Eagles.

Nayman scored seven for River Ridge, while Jessica Baker added eight.
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