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Woodcreek girls pull away from Placer in second half

Judge scores 33 in the win
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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Using its pressure defense to disrupt Placer’s timing, the Woodcreek High girls basketball team pulled away in the second half Thursday night in Rocklin. The Timberwolves rode the hot shooting of forward Jennifer Judge all night long, but it was not until the third period that Woodcreek was able to shake the talented Hillgals. The senior scored 19 points before intermission, but Placer was able to hang around and trailed by just two at the break. With the win, Woodcreek moves on to the semifinal round at the Whitney Wildcat Invitational Friday night. A crucial and potentially decisive moment came with about four minutes to play in that third stanza. With Woodcreek leading by eight at 36-28, Judge was fouled in the act of taking a three-point shot. An outburst from the Placer bench brought a technical foul, sending the 5-foot-11 Judge to the line for five shots. She made four of them and the lead was expanded to 12. The Hillgals were never able to get back into the contest, despite a strong 20-point scoring night from Kayla Reeves and a huge evening on the glass from Malissa Manning (eight points, 14 rebounds) and Bethany Feis (12 points, 11 boards). The Timberwolves turned up the defense in the third period, with Joleen Chanco, Cara Jones, Maya Cabiness and Judge applying most of the pressure. While Judge was busy banging away from the perimeter (she hit five 3-pointers in the game), Jones was outstanding at finishing at the basket. The 5-10 senior scored 10 points, almost all of them while slashing to the rim, and pulled down nine rebounds to share the team lead in that category with Judge. Judge scored 33 points in the game to lead all scorers. Chanco moved the ball well and also did a nice job attacking, but she was unable to finish a number of shot opportunities. Cabiness also filled up the stat sheet for the Timberwolves as she tallied eight points, pulled seven boards, nabbed three steals and blocked a pair of shots. The Timberwolves face the host team Friday night in the Whitney gym, with an 8:15 p.m. scheduled starting time.