Del Oro makes it look easy

Eagles top Colfax, win their tournament for a seventh straight year
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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LOOMIS — The Del Oro High girls basketball team unleashed another offensive weapon at the Lady Eagle Invitational, not that they needed it. Sophomore Brianna Ruiz provided a spark and Del Oro cruised to a seventh straight title at its own tournament with a 58-20 win over Colfax Saturday evening. After a 19-point outburst in a win over Pleasant Valley on Friday, Ruiz scored 12, including several buckets during a long rally in the middle of the game that buried the Falcons. “We’re hopeful she’s turned that corner,” coach Mike Takayama said of Ruiz, a 5-10 forward. “She played her role last year as a freshman and now there are expectations on her. She’s fit in and now she’s really shown she can be a center point in the offense at times.” Del Oro’s seniors did plenty of damage on their own. Crystal Sewell was named the tournament’s most valuable player after scored 12 points in the finale. She had 16 points and eight rebounds in the Eagles’ 72-47 win on Friday in the semifinals. Belle Obert was an all-tournament selection after scoring 15 on Friday. Madeline Campbell scored a game-high 14 points in the championship game to earn all-tourney honors. Campbell said even though Del Oro won its three games relatively easily, the team accomplished a lot in improving to 8-0 on the year. “Early in the tournament we were all kind of doing our own things,” Campbell said. “We came together tonight and we were all on the same page. We played really well as a team.” Colfax kept it close early, but a 15-2 run before halftime put the Eagles up 32-9. Del Oro’s starters started the third quarter and extended the lead to 49-10 before they departed midway through the third quarter. Del Oro’s press stifled the Falcons. Caressa Sharpe scored four points while April Littlejohn and Haley Biles scored three apiece. Littlejohn scored 13 points as Colfax (6-4) rallied past Woodcreek 49-41 in the semifinals. Michelle Walker scored 12 and Erica Heikila added eighth in the win. Seniors Walker and Littlejohn were named to the all-tournament team. Pleasant Valley beat Woodcreek 50-27 to finish third at the tournament.