Del Oro rolls in pair of league matchups

Girls Basketball
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Putting it mildly, if their performances last week were any indication, the Del Oro Lady Eagles appear they won’t be taking any prisoners this season in Sierra Foothill League girls basketball play. The Lady Eagles, clicking on all cylinders, made it look easy last week by making a shambles of a pair of would-be SFL contenders. Friday, at Grass Valley, in what was expected to be a tough SFL road encounter with Nevada Union, the Lady Eagles came out firing with a 25-point first quarter and never looked back on their way to an 81-42 shelling of the stunned Miners. Showing some uncanny accuracy from three-point range where they canned nine treys on the evening, the Miners built a commanding 45-23 advantage at halftime and stretched it to 73-34 after scoring 28 points in a huge third quarter. Hot-shooting Madeline Campbell helped Del Oro get off on the right foot as she scored 10 of her 17 points in the second half and started an impressive barrage of 3-pointers that NU had a difficult time answering. The 5-foot, 11-inch guard drained a trey to start the half and Brianna Ruiz followed it up with another 3-pointer. That was followed by leading scorer Belle Obert draining a two-point bucket before Campbell hit another 3-pointer and then Obert got in with a three of her own. Obert topped the Golden Eagles scoring with 22. She also had nine rebounds and four blocks. Brianna Ruiz had 18 points. Crystal Sewell, playing her first game since being injured in December, had 10 points. Earlier in the week the Lady Eagles used the same game plan to put away Woodcreek’s Timberwolves, 61-32. Del Oro set a blistering pace in the first quarter against the Timberwolves (13-8, 2-2), scoring 25 points in a relentless offensive barrage. Woodcreek was held to seven points in the first quarter and five in the third period. Joleen Chanco led the Timberwolves with seven points, and Kayla Gardner had six points and five rebounds. The Golden Eagles are now 17-3 overall and 5-0 in the SFL. Their first three league wins came without star Crystal Sewell, who injured a thumb over the winter break. Sewell, a first-team All-SFL selection last season, entered the game to welcoming cheers from the home crowd with two minutes left in the opening quarter. “She just couldn’t wait to get back,” Del Oro coach Mike Takayama said. “Tuesday’s practice was great because all the girls couldn’t wait for her to be out there with us. She just adds another weapon in our arsenal, so welcome back Crystal.” Sewell had four points and three rebounds in limited playing time. Brianna Ruiz made two three-pointers and led Del Oro with 19 points. Belle Obert scored 13 and Madeline Campbell 10. Campbell also hit two three-pointers. Del Oro has now won 55 straight SFL games. The Lady Eagles will play at Rocklin tonight at 7 p.m. and then host Kennedy in a non-league game at 5 p.m. Saturday. ~ Staff report