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Chanco helps Woodcreek take control against Roseville

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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The cross-town girls basketball game between Roseville and Woodcreek high schools Thursday night started as a harsh defensive battle, the scoreboard reading 7-5 after the first quarter.

But sloppy play transformed into efficient offense, and the host Timberwolves (15-8, 4-2 Sierra Foothill League) pulled away to a 54-39 victory.

“We just moved the ball and tried to get the defense shifting,” Woodcreek senior Joleen Chanco said. “That’s how we got the diagonal passes and a whole bunch of open looks. We just attacked the basket and got them to foul us so we could go to the line.”

Chanco was the driving force behind Woodcreek’s attack, scoring 18 points, and was the anchor on defense. Her stingy man-on-man play landed her seven steals, including four in the third quarter, when the Timberwolves took control.

Neither offense clicked in the beginning. The offenses were unable to penetrate, and shooters weren’t hitting good looks. Each defense racked up four steals, all of Roseville’s at the hands of Allison Campbell.

But Woodcreek got rolling in the second quarter, when Chanco handed out two assists to go with three points and Fia Hoskinson scored five points and drained her first of five three-pointers. Hoskinson led all scorers with 20 points.

“Our mentality changed,” Chanco said. “We knew we had to get out and pick it up on defense. We got better communication and then brought it to the floor, giving it all we got.”

The Timberwolves led 21-14 at the half and broke away to a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Roseville battled back with an aggressive offense that netted 12 free-throw attempts in the final period. However, the Tigers hit only five.

Woodcreek is tied for second place with Nevada Union (13-10, 4-2) in the SFL, and they meet Tuesday at Woodcreek. The Timberwolves visit Granite Bay (2-20, 1-5) on Thursday before a rematch with first-place Del Oro (18-3, 6-0) at home Feb. 15. Nevada Union defeated Granite Bay 53-38 on Thursday night in Grass Valley.

“If we want to get where we want to get to, we need to take it one game at a time,” Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said. “That’s an old cliché, but it’s true, every game one at a time. Winning in the SFL is always a good win because it’s one more win getting toward where we want to go.”

Jamie Nurenberg led the Tigers (4-18, 0-6) with 12 points, and Campbell scored 11. Nurenberg grabbed seven rebounds, and Campbell had six steals.

Rio Linda 74, Oakmont 32 – Jennifer Gong and Emilee Gavia each scored 10 points for the Vikings (13-10, 0-6 Capital Valley Conference), who were outscored by the Knights 61-21 over the last three periods.