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Del Oro girls get 'revenge' vs. Granite Bay

Geyer leads Lady Eagles to victory over Grizzlies
By: Trevor Horn/Special to Gold Country News Service
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GRANITE BAY - This one was for their basketball brethren.

A night after the Del Oro High School boys basketball team was blown out by Granite Bay, the girls team reversed the outcome Wednesday in a 56-33 rout of the Grizzlies in a Sierra Foothill League matchup.

“It was a little revenge,” Del Oro senior Stephanie Geyer said. “I was pretty motivated. To have the guys to have a close score at halftime, we needed to do them proud."

Geyer came off the bench to record game highs with 15 points and 14 rebounds in what the coaching staff said was just mixing it up a little bit with the three post players in Geyer, fellow senior Natalie Sohn and sophomore Lauren Heyn. All are more than 6 feet tall and combined for 27 points and 30 rebounds.

Their height and physicality are a big advantage," Granite Bay coach Angel Delgadillo said. “Their tall players are very athletic and go to the basket well. They are an athletic team. It doesn’t get much better than this in the SFL.”

Even with the size advantage, it was the play of sophomore guard McKenna Mitchell that cooled off a comeback by Granite Bay after the Grizzlies trailed by 14 in the first half.

Leading 32-25 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter, Mitchell scored the final six points for Del Oro in the quarter on a steal, a hard-fought rebound and all-around gritty play.

“She gave us a lot of energy, and she is a fabulous athlete,” Del Oro coach Mike Takayama said. “She got into the lanes and got some easy baskets.”

The teams combined for just three field goals in the third quarter before Mitchell stepped up.

“Baskets weren’t coming in bunches for us, so it was nice for her to come in and us to extend the lead,” Takayama said.

Del Oro outscored Granite Bay 26-12 in the second half.

Mia Magalinte scored 13 points for Del Oro, and Sohn had six points and 11 rebounds.

Freshman Daeja Black led Granite Bay with 13 points. She also had five rebounds and three steals. Senior Katrina Reeves had 12 rebounds, seven assists and five steals for the Grizzlies. After on-an-off night for his team, Delgadillo knows there are brighter days ahead.

“On a good day, we could hang,” Delgadillo said. “But today wasn’t one of those games.”