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Riverview's Bree Patsey (00) gets tangled up with Springdale's Sydney Smajda on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.
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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 12:28 a.m.

Riverview's girls basketball team did the right thing earlier this season when it removed two games from its schedule because it was over the PIAA maximum of 22 regular-season contests.

The scheduling issue occurred when the junior varsity team played two games in Riverview's holiday tournament because Valley's varsity could not field a team.

Now, the self-called foul could have the playoff-bound Raiders twiddling their thumbs for up to 10 days.

Riverview capped the regular season with a 58-37 victory over rival Springdale on Wednesday night to secure third place in Section 3-AA and avenge a 37-33 loss to Springdale.

Springdale (11-11, 6-6), also headed for the WPIAL postseason, finished fourth in the section.

Riverview (13-7, 7-5) was supposed to play one more game — on Monday against Class A playoff team Serra Catholic — but that was one of the games erased. The WPIAL playoff pairings meeting is Tuesday, and the tournaments likely won't begin until next Friday and Saturday.

“We may be out of action for a while, so we'll have to see how we respond,” Riverview coach Keith Stitt said. “We'll have to get a scrimmage set up next week. We're going to try to stay busy. Hopefully, we get enough work in.”

Riverview started fast Wednesday, taking an 18-5 lead after the first quarter on its Senior Night. Senior Ashley Bruni scored 11 of her 15 points in the opening frame, including three 3-pointers. Rising freshman Sadie Buchser had seven of her 15 points in the first period.

Sophomore forward Bree Patsey, who continues to show promise after missing most of last season with a knee injury, added 12 points for Riverview, including eight in the second quarter.

“I thought we played really well in the first half,” Stitt said. “We could have been more patient in the second half.”

Springdale played shorthanded in what also was its final regular-season game. Starting junior point guard Amanda Koprivnikar and top reserve Sarah Udanis were suspended for violating team rules, according to Dynamos coach Dan Ross. There was an undisclosed incident that occurred in the postgame locker room Tuesday at Springdale after a 69-55 win over South Allegheny.

Koprivnikar scored 27 points in that win.

“It was tough with those girls out, especially after the way we played last night,” Ross said. “We had some girls out of position. (The incident) was a big surprise to me. I heard about it (Wednesday) afternoon and had to do something.”

Juniors Alex Gradwell and Keely Mager had 11 points apiece to lead Springdale, which trailed, 34-11, at halftime and could only cut the deficit to 16 the rest of the way.

The first time the teams played, Springdale rallied from a 26-22 halftime deficit to post the win.

Riverview had eight players find the scoring column.

“Riverview has a nice, up-and-coming team,” Ross said. “They could be good for the next couple years.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is the Local Sports Editor for the Valley News Dispatch. He can be reached at

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