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Wildfires’ late run falls short at Ripon Christian

By: Journal Sports Staff
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The Foresthill High girls went down at Ripon Christian Thursday night, but not without a serious fight. Junior Sadie Stroup poured in 25 points and the Wildfires battled back from a 20-point deficit to make it a six-point game late in the fourth quarter before Ripon Christian held on for a 72-64 win. Foresthill finished the season 18-8 after falling to the fourth-seeded Knights. Stroup added nine rebounds and six steals to cap a sensational junior year. She hit on 5 of 8 three-point attempts. Fellow junior Bella Engbretson was terrific, finishing with 18 points and five assists and junior Cherish Miles added 15 points for the Wildfires. “All in all I’m really happy with the effort,” Foresthill coach Sean Namanny said. “Their coach was glowing about our girls. I’m really proud of them. We only had one senior playing tonight. They have a lot going for them next year, for sure.” Foresthill missed the inside presence of senior Rylee Hackley, who was on a family vacation and missed the Wildfires’ two playoff games. Ripon Christian took advantage by going to the basket and drawing fouls. The home team hit 22 of 39 free throws to help lock up the win.