VALLEJO -- Jason Boesch couldn't have been more pleased with his team's reaction to its first playoff experience.
Showing no trepidation on the road against No. 3 Vallejo, Boesch's kids traded baskets, trailing just 12-10 about halfway through the first quarter.
Sensing Atwater wasn't just going to yield willingly, Vallejo kicked its pressure into high gear.
With senior guard Patience Madayag lost to a knee injury in the final game of the regular season, Atwater stumbled a bit in the face of the pressure.
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The veteran Vallejo squad took advantage, breaking the game open to 38-20 at the end of the first quarter.
Vallejo cruised from there to a 98-53 victory in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
"They brought a bit of pressure and we panicked a little," Boesch said. "Once they pushed the lead to 18 it was an uphill battle the rest of the way.
"Without Patience, we just didn't have that extra ball handler. With what we had, and it being the girls' first playoff game, I couldn't have asked for them to play any harder."
Amber Gutierrez led Atwater (14-13) with 15 points and Melanie Valentine chipped in 11.