Saturday Jan 24 2009
Del Oro shreds Granite Bay to grab SFL lead
By: Journal Sports Staff
The anticipated showdown for the lead in the Sierra Foothill League girls basketball race never materialized Friday night in Granite Bay. The Grizzlies’ offense struggled all night while Del Oro scored from everywhere and anywhere in taking a 64-22 win. The two squads entered the game tied for first place at 4-0 in the league standings. The Golden Eagles sent the message early on that this night in Granite Bay’s gym belonged to them. Led by the scoring of senior center Courtney Nolen and senior guard Katie Pulliam, Del Oro opened the contest with a 10-0 run and outscored Granite Bay 25-7 in the first stanza. Granite Bay’s only real moment of excitement came at the 5:14 mark of the first quarter, when junior forward Sarah Sciascia scored five consecutive points on a pair of layups on which she was fouled. Sciascia hit the free throw after the first bucket, but missed the second charity toss, after which Del Oro ran off another seven-point sequence. When the Grizzlies’ shots were off the mark, Del Oro was there to capture the rebounds, and when a rare Eagle shot went astray, they were able to get second and third shots by dominating the offensive glass as well. Del Oro won the battle of the boards 45-17. Granite Bay was never able to mount a run in the game, scoring just four points in the second period and just three in the third when Del Oro extended its advantage to 55-14. Sciascia scored four of her eight points from the free-throw line, and no other Grizzly player scored more than three points. Reserve center Jessica Hamby brought some energy in the second half, but on this night, there was not much Granite Bay could do to stop the Eagles, who were in full flight. Pulliam led all scorers with 18 points, 16 before intermission, and she also snared seven rebounds. Nolen finished the game with 10 points and six boards, while senior point guard Sam Hodge scored eight for Del Oro. A pair of sophomores played a big role for Del Oro on the defensive end as Madeline Campbell led the club in rebounding with eight and Belle Obert grabbed seven boards, blocked two shots and nabbed a pair of steals. Del Oro (5-0 in the SFL, 17-1 overall) hosts Rocklin (1-4, 11-8) Wednesday to close out the first half of the league schedule. Bear River 54, Whitney 37 at Rocklin — Jocelyn Fry scored 16 points with eight rebounds and four steals to lead the Bruins to a big road win in Pioneer Valley League play. Whitney Smith hustled for nine points, five rebounds and three steals as the Bruins improved to 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the PVL. Riley Pearson tossed in eight points, five boards and three steals. El Dorado 65, Placer 44 — An ice-cold start and a red-hot evening from Cora Harms doomed the Lady Hillmen in a battle of undefeated PVL teams.. The Cougars (5-0 PVL, 15-3 overall) led 19-1 after the first quarter, then used a 16-3 run in the third quarter to put the game away. Harms scored a game-high 29 points to pace El Dorado. Shelby Madigan had 16 points and seven rebounds for Placer (6-11, 3-1). Kayla Reeves scored 14 while Bailey Bill added six points and eight boards. Melissa Manning also had eight rebounds. Colfax 42, Lincoln 29 at Lincoln — The Falcons used a 13-2 surge in the third quarter to take command. Cassandra Campbell scored a game-high 15 points to pace Colfax. Audrey Lewis scored nine points. Foresthill 35, Victory Christian 28 at Sacramento — The Wildfires stunned the Vikings as sophomore Trysta Ferguson led the way with 12 points. Foresthill led by five at halftime and held the home team to just six points in the fourth quarter to lock up the win. Golden Sierra 55, Encina 48 at Garden Valley — The Grizzlies improved to 5-0 in the Golden Empire League, setting up a showdown with fellow undefeated GEL squad Capital Christian next week. Jaimey Danielson-McKeague scored 16 points to lead Golden Sierra. Shannon Cummings and Jessica Blair added 14 apiece. Golden Sierra’s junior varsity also improved to 5-0 in the GEL with a victory over Encina.