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Del Oro gets unique test with St. Francis

Common Good Girls Basketball
By: Eric J. Gourley, Gold Country News Service
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Mike Takayama had no trouble joking about Del Oro’s sloppy play, even though it resulted in a rare loss last weekend. “I’ve seen fewer turnovers in a bakery,” the head coach said after perennial Division II power St. Francis handed the Golden Eagles their second defeat of the season, 46-39 at the 7th Annual Common Good Hoops Classic. The two-day event, which once again showcased some of the area’s top basketball talent over the weekend, raised scholarship money for foster youth in the Sacramento County Child Protective Services’ Independent Living Program. The Troubadours (12-3) scored the game’s first five points, but Del Oro closed out the first quarter with an 8-3 run. The Eagles (14-2) took their only lead, 10-9, on a Brianna Ruiz layup early in the second quarter. In a game that featured 37 fouls, St. Francis took advantage of numerous Del Oro miscues to maintain its lead throughout and avenge a one-point loss to the Eagles from a year ago. “That’s why we play these games, because we don’t get a scenario like this in our league,” Takayama said. “It was one of those nights that built on itself, too. We got off to such a defensive start and pretty soon our offense looked like defense. In our league we get to be the aggressors a lot more.” Del Oro trimmed the gap to 28-26 on a Belle Obert layup early in the fourth quarter but St. Francis sank three of its five 3-pointers in a 48-second span to take a double-digit lead with six minutes left. Crystal Sewell led the Eagles with 14 points and earned All-Showcase honors. Madeline Campbell scored seven, Ruiz had six and Obert and Carly Allred finished with four points apiece. Del Oro resumed Sierra Foothill League play this week at Nevada Union. The Eagles host archrival Granite Bay Friday night at 7:30.