Del Oro boys, girls find tough sledding at Woodcreek

Golden Eagle Boys host Granite Bay Friday night
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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It was not a night to be a Del Oro Golden Eagles boys or girls basketball fan last Friday evening at Woodcreek High in Roseville.


In an evening where the Sierra Foothill League paired boys and girls varsity teams in featured doubleheaders, both the Golden Eagle boys and Lady Eagles girls took it on the chin from their Woodcreek counterparts.


In boys action, the host Timber Wolves grabbed a lead near the end of the first half and proceeded to hold it the rest of the way in a 54-53 stunner over the Golden Eagles who had came into the game as the 15th ranked team in the Sacramento area.


But has big as the Woodcreek boys win was, it didn’t match the upset the Woodcreek girls pulled in the opener, a 50-45 win over the Lady Eagles who were undefeated in SFL play and were ranked No. 8 in the Sacramento area.


Both Del Oro teams will try and get back on the win trail this week when the girls host Granite Bay tonight at 7 p.m. and the boys follow suit against the Grizzlies Friday night at 7 p.m.


Woodcreek Boys 54 Del Oro 53


After the Golden Eagles and Timber Wolves battled to a 17-17 standoff after one quarter of action, the contest turned into an uphill battle for Del Oro. First, the hosts led 30-29 at the halftime break and then behind the stellar shooting of Tyler Milani and sophomore Noah Blackwell, broke open the game to lead 44-35 at the end of three stanzas.


Del Oro made a late run in the fourth quarter when they out-pointed Woodcreek 18-10 but the comeback wasn’t enough as the Timber Wolves held on for the victory.


Milani’s 20 markers and 16 by Blackwell led Woodcreek while Del Oro was sparked by Connor Drake and Collin Mitchell with 10 points apiece, Trevor Pistochini with nine and Keenan Finney with six.


Woodcreek Girls 50 Del Oro 45


After posting a big win over undefeated Nevada Union on Wednesday, the Lady Eagles looked primed to close out the first half undefeated by handling a Woodcrek squad that entered the game with only a record of 10-11 overall.


But Woodcreek came out of the gates firing and caught the Lady Eagles napping to the tune of the Roseville cagers holding leads of 16-12 after one quarter of action and 29-21 at halftime.


Doing most of the damage for the Timber Wolves was the senior guard combination of Aliya Davis and Liz Gehweiler who scored 12 and 11 points respectively.


Del Oro made a run at the hosts in the third quarter with a comeback that saw the Lady Eagles retake the lead at 37-34 but fould trouble combined with misfires on offense allowed the Timber Wolves to outscore the Black and Gold 18-8 in the pivotal fourth stanza.


Del Oro was paced on offense by Lauren Heyn and Stephanie Geyer who both tallied 10 points. Emma Stokes added seven points and freshman A.J. Baylon scored six.


The loss left Del Oro tied with Nevada Union both with 4-1 records as the second round of SFL was set to begin this week.