CARMICHAEL– Both Forest Lake Christian boys and girls basketball teams left Friday night at Victory Christian, well, victorious.
In the opening varsity game, the Lady Falcons were down 13-7 at the end of one, but between the second and third quarters, Forest Lake went on a 30-8 run that enabled them to move to 4-0 in the Central Valley California League with a 42-33 win over the Lady Vikings.
“The girls were a little slow to start, for sure,” said Forest Lake girls head coach John McDaniel. “But they had a good eight-to-nine minute stretch that we need to do more of.”
Forest Lake (9-4) began the second quarter scoring 18 straight points while holding Victory Christian to just two.
Junior Amber Jackson set the tone defensively for the Lady Falcons. She had six steals to go along with her game-high 17 points.
Lily Sween had eight points and 11 rebounds, Ali McDaniel had 10 points and seven boards while Bella O’Neill grabbed 12 rebounds for the Lady Falcons.
Coach McDaniel said that his team needs to take care of the basketball better in order to be a serious threat for the CVCL title.
“We don’t have that ‘cherish the ball’ mentality right now,” he said. “If you want to compete for a league title or anything, you can’t give the ball away.”
The win kept the Lady Falcons at paced with Woodland Christian, who disposed of Encina 93-20 Friday night to remain unbeaten in league.
The Forest Lake boys got a hot second-half shooting performance from Luke Gilliland, who scored 15 of his game-high 22 in last 16 minutes, in the boys’ 68-58 victory over the Vikings.
Junior point guard Simon Blackburn also had a solid night for the Falcons, dumping in 19 points and dishing out nine assists.
“Luke found a rhythm tonight and Simon was incredible handling the ball and making solid decisions,” said Forest Lake boys head coach LaRon Gordon. “This was a big win for us.”
Junior forward JR Molloy, who was fresh off of a career performance Wednesday night against Futures, where the junior exploded on 16 of 23 shots for 41 points in the 73-68 victory, didn’t have the same firepower Friday night, scoring just eight points, but his teammates picked him up.
“Simon is a natural 2-guard, but he just wants the ball at the end of the game. When the game is on the line, he goes and gets the ball and puts us in the right position for everyone else to be successful,” said Gordon. “Luke – if he can continue to shoot like that, we’re going to be tough to deal with coming down the stretch.”
Gordon said if his team can remain consistent, the Falcons should contend for the league championship.
“Every team has a star that we have to watch out for,” he said. “Sometimes with those stars, there’s not going to be a whole lot we can do, but if we can neutralize everyone else, I think our conditioning is bar none with anybody that we play. So if we rely on our fundamentals and easy choices, I think that’s going to carry us through.”
The Falcon boys improve to 9-7 with a 3-1 showing in the CVCL, which was deadbolted in a five-way tie for first place entering Friday.
The next league opponent for Forest Lake a road contest at Woodland Christian Tuesday.
Friday's scores around the area...
Spanish Springs 55, Lincoln 34
Rio Linda 58, Lindhurst 35
Folsom 70, Rocklin 51
Granite Bay 69, Oak Ridge 68
Roseville 71, River Valley 65
Bear Creek 75, Ponderosa 65
Inderkum 64, Woodcreek 56
Rio Americano 57, Vista del Lago 43
Whitney 71, Del Oro 42
Yuba City 82, Marysville 73
Folsom 63, Rocklin 34
Whitney 65, Del Oro 61
Oak Ridge 57, Granite Bay 40
Foresthill 42, Delta 25
Vista del Lago 50, Rio Americano 40
Woodcreek 53, Inderkum 40
Antelope 81, Bella Vista 16
Lincoln 61, Center 43
Roseville 69, River Valley 62
Cordova 46, Ponderosa 37
Colfax 65, Corning 30