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Del Oro girls snap skid, drop Granite Bay

By: Trevor Horn / Special to the Journal
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LOOMIS - Lurking around uncharted territories this week, the Del Oro girls basketball team got back into the win column with a 65-43 Sierra Foothill League victory over Granite Bay in Loomis Thursday night.
Coming off back-to-back losses to Woodcreek and Rocklin the past two games, the Golden Eagles looked sluggish coming out as Granite Bay took an early 7-2 lead.
But the deep bench and athleticism of Del Oro became too much for the Grizzlies as the Golden Eagles outscored Granite Bay 19-9 in the second quarter behind a nine-point performance in the quarter by Mia Maglinte to take a double-digit lead into halftime.
“We were determined to come back and play our best,” Del Oro sophomore forward Lauren Heyn said. “We had the energy and excitement we should have had the last couple of games. But it doesn’t matter anymore because we are ready for the next games coming.”
Heyn came off the bench to score six points and grab four rebounds. Along with McKenna Mitchell, Libby Runte, Hanna Jordan and Cecelia Campbell, the five Del Oro reserves combined for 23 points.
“I think it is a great thing that whoever wants to come off the bench or even is on the bench can just come out as great as we can,” Heyn said. “It’s a great team that we have and we all work hard to do our best.”
Maglinte scored 15 points for Del Oro and Stephanie Geyer chipped in with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Freshman Daeja Black led Granite Bay (11-13, 2-5 SFL) with 15 points, including all nine of the Grizzlies' points in the fourth quarter.
Head coach Angel Delgadillo sees the rest of the season as a building block to continue to get better and build for the future. Granite Bay has six of nine players as underclassmen, including three starters.
“We are still in teaching mode,” Delgadillo said. “We’ve got a lot of players coming back. But we aren’t throwing in the towel by any means.”
Del Oro (15-9, 5-2) still has a shot at the league title. Nevada Union is currently one game ahead and in first place with a 6-1 league record after the Miners beat Rocklin 63-58 Thursday night.
This is the first time Del Oro has two league losses since the 2004-05 season and coach Mike Takayama hopes the win will start a new winning streak.
“We were kind of down after losing two straight,” Takayama said. “That doesn’t happen to us too often. Tonight was one of those games where you want to regain some momentum.”
 Del Oro will play at Nevada Union on Thursday, Feb. 7.