Wildfires race past Futures, 91-70
Foresthill’s Wildfires will have a chance to equal the most wins by a boys basketball team in school history Friday when the Central Valley California League champions close out their regular season by hosting Victory Christian.
The Wildfires, who have already set a school mark for winning percentage in a season, improved to 17-8 Tuesday night with a solid 91-70 win at Futures High in North Highlands.
The 91-point outburst was the fourth time this season the Wildfires have eclipsed the 90-point mark. The most wins by a Wildfires team was established when the 2014–15 squad won 18 games.
“We had a really strong third quarter,” said Foresthill coach James Kuykendall. “It was a good, all-around effort by everyone.”
Foresthill was paced on offense by the one-two backcourt punch of Skyler Tuttle and Nick Lechner.
Tuttle, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, finished the game with 25 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. Meanwhile, Lechner, a 5-9 junior, connected on five treys on his way to netting 23 points and handing out four assists.
Also supplying punch to Foresthill’s attack were Elias Estrada and Jaycie Zapata with 10 points apiece and Casey Baldwin with seven.
The Wildfires are looking to put a lid on their CVCL campaign Friday with a win which could lift the team into a first-round home game when the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs open next Wednesday. The playoff brackets will be released by the section Saturday afternoon.
Placer 55, Ponderosa 36
With a 19-point victory over the Lady Bruins, the Lady Hillmen officially secured the outright Foothill Valley League championship Tuesday night.
Placer (19-7) got 21 points from Anne Lillis and 11 more from Delaney Keddie as the team improves to 9-0 in the FVL.
The first FVL championship is the fourth overall league banner for Placer girls hoops in the last five years. The Lady Hillmen have one game remaining with a Thursday night finale at Earl Crabbe Gym against Lincoln.
Colfax 61, Lindhurst 8
In rather anticlimatic fashion Tuesday night, the Lady Falcons wrapped up the outright Pioneer Valley League girls crown with the lopsided romp over the visitors from Olivehurst.
In a game which went to a running clock, Colfax led 30-6 at halftime. Leading the offense for Colfax were Grace Bliss with 17 points, Jazzy Owens with 15, Aliya McCord 11, Sara Detwiler nine and Natalie Lundberg seven.
Colfax (23-3) hosts Foothill at 7 p.m. Thursday in its regular-season finale. The Lady Falcons are expected to take the No. 1 seed into the section’s D-IV playoffs, which begin next Tuesday.
Center 45, Bear River 33
The host Cougars wrapped up second place in the PVL behind Colfax with the win over the Bruins. Center (14-9, 7-2) built a 24-13 lead by halftime and then kept the Bruins under wraps the rest of the way.
Maylene Hughes and Yanna Sagun led Center with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Bear River (14-12, 5-4) was paced by freshman Jordan Foster’s 17 points. Sarah Aanenson was next with seven points and Gabbi Corralejo added six.
Forest Lake Christian 74, Encina 36
The Falcons improved their CVCL record to 13-0 with the road romp over Encina. Forest Lake, now 19-5 on the season, will complete their regular season Friday at William Jessup University with a 6 p.m. game against Sacramento Waldorf.
Leading Forest Lake’s surge over Encina was Lily Sween with 22 points, Amber Jackson with 19, Sonja Sween with 13 and Ali McDaniel with eight.
Foresthill 36, Futures 33
The Lady Wildfires held on for a narrow three-point win Tuesday at Futures to improve to 6-6 in the CVCL with one to go.
Senior Cassie Ralston flirted with a triple-double in the winning effort, tallying 13 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals. McKayla Lechner added eight points and five rebounds while Holly Brooks had six and five as well.
Foresthill (9-14) wraps up regular-season play Friday at home against Victory Christian. As of the latest MaxPreps playoff rankings, the Lady Wildfires (No. 13 in Division V) appeared to be on the outside looking in.