In November it was a battle of political parties going at it for supremacy.
On Thursday night, it was a battle of the classes for the Del Oro girls basketball team.
Taking a commanding 12-0 lead early in the first quarter, head coach Mike Takayama instilled a mass substitution that soon became seniors vs. underclassmen in a 77-8 blowout over Casa Roble (0-8) in the Lady Eagles Invitational at Del Oro.
“Tonight was one of those nights where you are able to get a team bonding-type experience where everyone got to be a part of it,” Takayama said.
All 15 players available played for Del Oro (7-2) in almost equal minutes throughout the entire game. All 15 players scored, led in double figures by Mia Maglinte (13 points) and senior Stephanie Geyer (12).
For a rare instance, all five seniors were able to play together for extended periods of time during the game. The seniors scored a combined 30 points and did not play the fourth quarter.
“It was so fun. I got to play with all of the seniors,” Geyer said. “We usually we all don’t get a chance to play together. It was a great way to start our last tournament together.”
The five seniors started the game together, leading to a 12-0 start before the first mass substitution before giving up the first two points of the game after an 18-0 run with two minutes, 33 seconds left in the first quarter. The same three groups of five players played together throughout the entire game, giving way to the class battle that was more fun than anything else for the Lady Eagles.
“We got to play with our classes, we got to have that class battle of the juniors vs. the seniors and see who can score and get more steals,” Geyer said. “It is just exciting to play in a game like this when we can focus more on playing together.”
As impressive as the scoring was, Del Oro held Casa Roble scoreless in the entire second half. Del Oro will play El Camino, the defending tournament champions Friday at 7 p.m. The winner of will play in the championship at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Bishop Manogue 57 Colfax 43 – The Miners, the 3rd rated school in Northern Nevada, blistered the hoop with some uncanny floor shooting to hand the Lady Falcons the first-round loss. Hitting five treys, Manogue shot out to a 22-6 lead after a quarter and then held off the Lady Falcons the rest of the way.
“They shot the lights out in the first quarter,” said Colfax coach Dave Campbell, whose team fell to 6-4 on the season. “We won the last three quarters but we dug ourselves too big of a hole.
Colfax, which was led by Raegan Lillie and Amber Tobiasz each with 14 points, will play Whitney at 4 p.m. in a consolation bracket game. Kaila Tremoureux added nine more points for Colfax.
Other scores: El Camino beat Woodcreek 71-41; Pleasant Valley of Chico beat Whitney 64-24