A furious second half rally helped Redwood Valley escape with a 44-36 win over visiting LQPV Saturday night in Section 3AA-North quarterfinal action.
Led by senior Liz Smith, the fourth-seeded Cardinals (15-10)  erased a 25-15 second half deficit thanks to solid defense and the play of seniors Smith and Sam Felt who basically willed the Cardinals to a victory and a second round match-up with top-seed Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial (23-4).
The Cardinals couldn’t have had a worse first half if they tried, shooting 5-for-26 from the floor on the way to a 23-15 halftime deficit.
Down 30-23 with 12:15 to play in regulation, the Cards made a run as Steph Jensen scored her first two points of the game on a short jumper, and Felt hit 1-of-2 from the line to cut the lead to 30-26 with 9:10 to go.
The Eagles (13-12) would stop the bleeding with a deuce but Jensen would add 1-of-2 from the line and Smith would score five straight - including a three-point play - to tie the score at 32 with 6:42 to play.
Poor free throw shooting killed the Eagles but they would still maintain a 36-35 lead with under three minutes left on the clock.
A pair of Cardinal free throws followed by a Jensen steal and Felt lay-in gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish as they outscored the Eagles 9-0 in the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Smith would finish with 22 points, six rebounds and two assists.
Felt added 10 points and four rebounds and Julia Busiahn finished with six points and seven boards.
Jensen scored all six of her points in the second half to go along with two rebounds and two assists.
The Cards won despite shooting just 27 percent from the floor. They would counter that by hitting 15-of-21 free throws in the second half (20-of-30 for the game).
LQPV meanwhile doomed themselves by hitting just 8-of-19 from the charity stripe, shooting 5-for-26 in the second half and turning it over 18 times.

Section 3AA-North Quarterfinals
Redwood Valley        44
LQPV                         36
Cardinal scoring - Smith 22, Felt 10, Busiahn 6, Jensen 6