Lady Eagles looking to maintain playoff seeding

By: Mike Ray
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With one eye warily casting a glance towards the start of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls basketball playoffs next week, the Del Oro Lady Eagles braced for two season-ending Sierra Foothill League games that could affect their seeding for the upcoming D-II bracket.

Del Oro, just 3-5 in SFL games but a hearty 20-6 overall, was looking to use last Friday’s 49-30 drubbing of Rocklin as a stepping stone towards this week’s big games with Folsom and Granite Bay.

Friday’s game with the Grizzlies is a girls-boys doubleheader at Granite Bay with respective tip-off times set for 5:30 p.m. for the girls and 7:30 p.m. for the boys.

For Del Oro, despite being under .500 in SFL tests, still sits in lofty company in the Sac-Joaquin Section rankings. In the latest SJS D-II poll, Del Oro trailed just No. 1-ranked Antelope and No. 2 Sacramento High.

“I think the toughness of the Sierra Foothill League competition we see should have us prepared for the playoffs,” said Del Oro coach Shawn Huckaby. “I know the girls are excited and looking forward to it.”

If the Lady Eagles can maintain their third spot, Del Oro would likely be in line for two home playoff games – if the team stays on the win track – next Tuesday, Feb. 12, and Thursday, Feb. 14.

Likely first-round opponents in the opening round next Tuesday for Del Oro could come from a field consisting of either Grant (16-8), Modesto Christian (13-12) or Lincoln (18-8).

In last week’s action, Del Oro built a 26-16 halftime advantage over Rocklin before limiting the Thunder to just 14 second-half points and coasting home to the win.

On Senior Night for Del Oro, senior Delaney Davenport stepped up with a productive night as she grabbed eight rebounds, came up with two steals and contributed an assist.

Del Oro’s winning effort was led by Madison Parry’s 19-point, nine-rebound evening. Natalie Moulos checked in with 14 more points for the Black and Gold while freshman Madison Butcher also played well netting seven points.

Earlier last week, in an old-school defensive grinder at El Dorado Hills, Oak Ridge clipped the Lady Eagles, 38-33.

The first half was close with the Trojans leading 9-8 after a quarter and 19-15 at intermission. However, the game was probably lost for Del Oro when the Lady Eagles hit a third-quarter cold spell that resulted in a four-point stanza. Del Oro then mounted a fourth-quarter rally which came up short.

Parry’s inside prowess shined brightly in the defeat as she scored 16 points and also snared 16 rebounds. Jenna Duley followed with eight points and Moulos added six.