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Wildfires heat up, drop Delta

By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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FORESTHILL — Every time the Foresthill High girls needed a big basket Friday night, Sadie Stroup ran to her favorite spot on the floor and delivered a swish.
The junior nailed six 3-pointers, including two back-to-back early in the fourth quarter as the Wildfires burned Delta 56-43. Foresthill improved to 3-1 in the Central Valley Christian League, but it wasn’t easy.
Foresthill trailed 40-39 after three quarters as Delta (0-3) threatened to knock off the defending league champions. But the Wildfires’ defense came up big, holding the Saints without a field goal over the final eight minutes.
“The key in the fourth was our communication and our defensive energy,” first-year coach Sean Namanny said. “We executed our offense and we were able to hit some open shots.”
Stroup finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Cherish Miles had a big night with 19 points and Emily Perez provided a spark off the bench with six points.
Foresthill threatened to break the game open early. The hosts led 21-14 in the second quarter before the Saints roared back and trailed just 26-24 at the half. Stroup hit a pair of treys to start the third quarter and Miles added another as the Wildfires again built a seven-point lead, only to see Delta rally and take the lead.
Foresthill will face Woodland Christian on the road Tuesday.

Placer 56, Golden Sierra 28 — The Lady Hillmen tuned up for a pivotal week of Pioneer Valley League play with a romp over the Grizzlies at Earl Crabbe Gym.
Senior Nicole Parrish scored 14 points and sophomore Elena Daniel added 12 to pace Placer (10-8). Junior Kerry McCullough tossed in nine as Placer built a 29-10 lead by halftime and cruised from there.
The Lady Hillmen will face Colfax on the road Tuesday before a matchup at Bear River on Thursday.

Del Oro 47, Rocklin 45 at Rocklin — The Golden Eagles stretched their Sierra Foothill League winning streak to 60 games, but not without a major test from the Thunder in the SFL opener for both teams.
Del Oro led 35-24 at halftime, but scored just 12 second-half points as Rocklin rallied.

Victory Christian 55, Forest Lake 35 at Lake of the Pines — The Falcons fell to 1-2 in the CVCL as they fell to the league-leading Vikings.