If you are a Downriver League girls basketball team the last thing you want to see warming up in the gym across from you is the Riverview basketball team.
Coach Rob Sauter’s club has become something of a Downrivereague-killer in recent years.
It started in districts last year when the Bucs beat three DRL teams, including league champ Allen Park, on the way to the district title. During the regular season this year, the Bucs beat DRL opponents three more times and since the 2020 Michigan High School Athletic Association district tournament has begun, Riverview has clobbered Lincoln Park 68-29 and Wyandotte 78-46.
Those last two victories pushed the Bucs into the district championship against River Rouge in a game that was played March 6.
The district semifinal game against Wyandotte was a scoring festival for the host Pirates as all 14 players on the roster scored, led by Rayah Kolbusz’s 17 points. Riverview had an amazing nine three-point bombs. The win was also Riverview’s fourth in a row as the Pirates continued an end-of-season hot streak.
The Pirates, who finished third in the Huron League this season, opened the playoffs with the crushing win over Lincoln Park, a team that finished one game out of first place in the DRL.
The Rails could not deal with Riverview’s pressure defense and again Riverview’s offense was on fire.
All 14 Riverview girls played again and Elyssa Kincaid led the scoring with 16 points. Shannon McAlinden added 15 points, Kylie Skidmore had 12 points and Kolbusz had 11. The team made seven three-pointers in that game.
Gabriel Richard advances
The Gabriel Richard girls basketball team reached the MHSAA Division 3 district finals at Ecorse with a 36-26 win over archrival Carbini on March 4.
On the other side of the bracket, host Ecorse beat Taylor Prep 67-27 and the two teams met for the district title on March 6.