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Roseville, Placer split Foundation Games

Lady Tigers top Hillgals in close battle
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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After falling behind on a Placer third-period run, the Roseville High girls basketball team recovered to knock off the Hillgals 49-45 Monday at Moeller Gym. Kathleen Mulligan scored 16 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Tigers, who led most of the way before stumbling briefly in the third period. The game was one of Monday night’s Foundation Games. Katie Simon did most of her scoring from the charity stripe, but still filled the stat sheet with 13 points and 10 boards. Kayla Granucci scored eight points and ripped seven rebounds for Roseville. Roseville rode the scoring of Simon and Mulligan to a five-point lead in the initial stanza, but other than a Allison Campbell trey, the Tigers did all of their scoring in the second from the free throw line. That was good enough to send them to the break up 22-21, but Kayla Reeves scored nine points for Placer in the third to lead her team out to a 39-35 lead heading into the closing eight minutes. Reeves scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds for Placer, and Nikki Johnson was hot from beyond the three-point arc for 13 points. Bethany Feis snagged six rebounds to lead the Hillgals on the glass. Mulligan dropped in eight in the third to keep her team close and then the Tigers turned up the defense down the stretch to put the game away. Roseville allowed just six points in the final stanza. With Roseville leading by three and 10 seconds left on the clock, Simon blocked a Placer shot and grabbed the rebound to allow the Tigers to ice the game away. The eighth annual Foundation Games were played at 76 sites throughout the section with as doubleheaders with a girls game followed by a boys game. These varsity-only contests do not count against the school’s contact limit of 27, and half of the proceeds go directly into the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship program, which last year saw 50 students receive $34,000 in scholarships. The nightcap was all Hillmen, as the Placer High boys team buried Roseville 59-30. While they struggle to find their game, the Tigers played well enough at times on the defensive end, and moved the ball reasonably well on offense, but could not put the ball in the basket. Missed shots proved a big problem for Roseville all night long. The Hillmen got 13 points and seven boards from Michael Jensen and 10 points from James Taber as they pulled away to a 31-13 advantage by intermission. The Tigers were led by eight points from Josh Pulver, while Tony Costa scored seven and Trey Rosenberg added six.