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Casa girls battle for playoff spot tonight

The season is on the line for the Casa Grande girls basketball team when it finishes its regular season tonight at Montgomery.

Both the Gauchos and Vikings go into the game with 6-7 North Bay League records. The winner lands the fourth and final spot in the NBL's post-season tournament. The season ends for the loser.

Montgomery is 13-12 overall, while Casa Grande is 14-11. Casa Grande won an earlier meeting between the two, 45-38.

Tuesday, Casa Grande came the closest anyone in the NBL has come all season to knocking off league unbeaten Santa Rosa, playing the Panthers into overtime before losing, 64-57.

Behind the inspired play of Angela Llaverias, the Gauchos played Santa Rosa even through regulation, 48-48.

Santa Rosa outscored Casa, 16-9, in overtime to record its 11th straight league win.

Llaverias had a season-high 20 points to lead the Gauchos, with Brooke Santander adding 11 and Megan Burke nine. Morgan Bertsch led Santa Rosa with 23 with Emily Codding adding 16.


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