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Eagles SFL streak reaches 54

By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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LOOMIS — The Del Oro girls basketball team showed Woodcreek the legend isn’t a myth, with a 61-32 victory Wednesday night. The golden eagles are on a 54-game winning streak in the Sierra Foothill League and are battling St. Mary’s of Stockton for the top spot in Divison 2 power ratings, which will be released Monday. Coach Mike Takayama said while the streak is exciting, it is actually a by-product of their ultimate objective. “We are going on our fourth year in a row now, I am proud of the girls,” Takayama said, “But we try to keep focused not on getting another win to add to that record, but ultimately we want to make sections.” With that intention in mind Del Oro started things off right, earning a 25-7 lead over Woodcreek in the first quarter. Sophomore Brianna Ruiz set the ladies on track with seven of those points, eventually stacking up a total of 19, making her the game’s leading scorer. Ruiz also contributed five rebounds and four steals. Senior Belle Obert, who made 13 points also acted as a catalyst early in the game. “Belle Obert started us off with many low basket points,” Takayama said. Obert also led in rebounds, with a total of eight and had four blocks. Sophomore Stephanie Geyer had 10 points and six rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Six of those points were in the third quarter, giving Del Oro a sizable 55-21 lead over the Timberwolves. Del Oro also saw the anticipated return of senior Crystal Sewell, cheering her on to the court. Sewell, who injured a ligament in her thumb just before Christmas, seemed to be back in the groove, even shooting two 3-pointers. Takayama said the team not only missed her skills, but also the energy she brings to them. Senior Madeline Campbell was also a force to be reckoned with, adding 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to the final score. Takayama said that his team is well rounded and commended other versatile players. “Becky Duncan has always added so much with her defensive skills,” Takayama said. “No. 20 Taylor Donnot has just been an energizer bunny.” Woodcreek Coach Raymond Beck said part of his team’s strategy was to be the point-grabbers early on. “I compelled them to try to be aggressive and get points early on, but it didn’t happen that way.” Beck said, “We allowed them to play easy because we weren’t aggressive enough, though we have the athleticism.” Beck said that the Timberwolves went in with the mentality that they were playing a team, not a record, though Del Oro did prove to live up to its record. “They have a great coach,” Beck said. “They are a good team.” Going into Friday’s game against Nevada Union, the Golden Eagles are looking to claim another victory to propel them to their section-championship goals. “Nevada Union is always a tough game for us, partly because of the travel too.” Takayama said. But if one thing is clear it’s that the Golden Eagles have what it takes to rise to a challenge. Reach Sara Seyydin at saras@goldcountrymedia.com