DO girls basketball holds on over Rocklin

By: Staff Report
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The Del Oro girls basketball team knows how to put its fans and followers on the edge of their seats. Keeping in tune with recent close games, the Lady Eagles returned home last Thursday and played their third consecutive 2-point or less game in a defensive-minded 29-28 win over Rocklin. The slim Sierra Foothill League win comes on the heels of a 44-42 loss to Nevada Union on Jan. 27, and a 1-point defeat the following day at Lincoln of Stockton. “I guess we got to start a new streak tonight, although that wasn’t the most artistic game at all,” said Del Oro coach Mike Takayama. “We lost two really heart-breaking games Friday-Saturday and three would have been kind of a jump off the plank type game.” The win moved the Lady Eagles’ SFL record to 5-1 and their overall season slate to 13-10. Now rated No. 7 in this week’s CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Div. II power ratings, Del Oro will play at Roseville tonight before they face two key season-ending games next week. On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles will host Woodcreek at 7 p.m., before they venture to Grass Valley on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a showdown with the Miners that could decide the SFL title. In their win last week over Rocklin, the Lady Eagles were in control of the game the whole way, but never led by more than five points. A key moment in the contest came late in the fourth quarter when Del Oro guard Jessica Hinsken drew an offensive charge on Rocklin’s Lydia Summers that prevented what would have been a momentum-changing basket with the Lady Eagles holding just a 26-22 lead. Minutes later, Eagles guard Brianna Ruiz blocked Joie Camalo twice on the same possession with a 26-23 lead. The Thunder went on a quick 5-0 run to go ahead 28-26, but Hinsken stepped up with an 8-foot jumper from the left side on an assist from Ruiz, who was double teamed at the top of the key. Mia Maglinte, who provided the only consistent offense for the Eagles all night, hit one of two free throws with one minute, 26 seconds remaining to regain the lead. After the two teams exchanged last-second heaves before the shot clock went off, Rocklin grabbed a loose ball with 15.2 seconds left and called timeout to set up what it thought would be the last play. The Thunder tried to set up a play to Summers in the corner, but Hinsken cut her off and tied up the ball with the possession arrow going Del Oro’s way. The Eagles couldn’t hit the front end of a one-and-one opportunity with 3.6 seconds left and gave Rocklin one last chance to win the game. The Thunder had three chances to fire up a shot but the defense closed in on each try, which ended when Ruiz swung into position at the last second to block Alison Willie’s shot at the buzzer. Maglinte, who led Del Oro with 13 points, and Hinsken combined to score all of the Eagles’ seven fourth-quarter points. Maglinte led Del Oro with 13 points, while Hinsken had seven. Summers led the Thunder with nine points. SFL Girls Basketball W L N. Union 6 0 Del Oro 5 1 Woodcreek 3 3 Rocklin 3 3 Roseville 1 5 G. Bay 0 6 Thursday’s Games Roseville at Del Oro Nevada Union at Rocklin Granite Bay at Woodcreek