Forest Lake routs Encina for repeat of CVCL title

By: Erik LeTendre
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After winning the Central Valley California League last year, the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team (19-5, 13-0) came to Encina Prep (2-19, 0-14) Tuesday night needing a victory in order to win the title for the second year in a row.


The game proved to be much of a mismatch on both ends of the ball, as the Falcons commandingly dismantled the Bulldogs by a score of 74-36.


The Falcons controlled the game right from tip-off. They scored the first eight points of the game and sprung out to a 46-21 lead by halftime.


For Forest Lake, their offense relied on an extremely balanced attack and a bundle of opportunities created from Encina Prep miscues.


Senior Lily Sween led the scoring with 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting for the Falcons and added six rebounds. Junior Amber Jackson contributed 19 points of her own on 8 of 13 shots. Junior Ali McDaniel had the most individually balanced game, chipping in eight points, six rebounds and eight assists.


“We put the ball in the basket,” Falcons’ coach John McDaniel said. “However, I think we played just okay on defense...  Overall, the way we swung the ball around was balanced and efficient.”


The last game of the regular season for Forest Lake comes Friday night against Sacramento Waldorf (15-9, 9-3), whom the Lady Falcons previously beat 61-40 on Jan. 15.


The Forest Lake boys team took on Encina Prep following the girls’ game but fell behind in the second half due to an abundance of miscues and ultimately lost, 64-50.


The Falcons were able to make several runs where they stretched the court and garnered some momentum, but the sheer athleticism of the Bulldogs (9-14, 5-8) proved to be too much to handle.


The Falcons (13-12, 7-5) also play Sacramento Waldorf (19-6, 8-4) Friday night, where their chances of playoffs run much slimmer due to Tuesday’s loss.