By Joe Davidson
STOCKTON - Size and power doomed River City High School on Tuesday night in the biggest playoff game and setting in the program's 35-year history.
Though the effort was there, the Raiders were undone by the long arms and bodies of McNair of Stockton, who prevailed 58-43 in a Sac-Joaquin Section Division II semifinal at the University of the Pacific.
Both teams advance to the NorCal Regional tournament that starts next week, a milestone in itself for the Raiders of West Sacramento. But make no mistake. River City coach Jamie King wanted to reach a section final for the first time for a school he graduated from more than 20 years ago and has coached the past eight seasons. All section semifinalists advance, but the road will be steep with a road game at the likely No. 1 seed of a Bay Area section.
Carmen Garcia led River City with 11 points against McNair, with team leaders Jordan Ligons and Katie King going for nine each. King hit two late free throws to beat longtime section power El Camino last week, the program's greatest win to date. Before this season, the Raiders had never won or shared a league title or won a playoff game.
The Raiders do not boast of size but they do compete, and every loose ball calls for an all-out scramble and scrum.
McNair, with three starters 6-foot-2, outrebounded the plucky Raiders 58-43. Asiana Scott had 14 points and 13 rebounds for McNair, and Mandy Coleman had 11 and 12 and four blocked shots.
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