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Lady Eagles Face Uphill Battle To Retain Title

Del Oro Girls bounce back with win over Granite Bay
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Service
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Coming off their first back-to-back Sierra Foothill League losses in over a decade, the Del Oro Lady Eagles girls basketball squad bounced back on Friday the way good teams have a knack for doing – with a big win.

Hitting over 50 per cent of their shots from the floor both from two and three-point range, the Lady Eagles picked up a much needed win last Thursday by defeating Granite Bay, 65-43.

The victory enabled Del Oro to enter this week with an outside shot of having a bid to earn at least a share of the SFL crown. That will probably be decided Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Lady Eagles travel to Grass Valley to battle Nevada Union.

Del Oro handed the Miners a 58-53 loss back on Jan. 23 but since that game the Lady Eagles stubbed their toe twice. The first loss came at Woodcreek and the second last Tuesday at Rocklin, 43-38.

In the loss to Rocklin, a two-point fourth quarter doomed the Lady Eagles who suffered through an horrendous shooting night. On the evening, Del Oro was just 15 of 57 from the field including only three of 20 from beyond the three-point arc.

Despite their poor shooting night, the Lady Eagles had managed to take a 36-34 lead with them into the final quarter but Rocklin, witgh Lydia Summers’ 19 points and freshman guard Jordan Purvis’ 11 points leading the way, overhauled the Del Oro squad.

Stephanie Geyer’s 17 points topped Del Oro’s attack while Lauren Heyn managed eight.

Some better shooting against Granite Bay saw the lady Eagles score 43 points in the second and third quarters. Mia Maglinte with three treys finished with 15 points to spark the win.

Following for the Lady Eagles were Geyer with 13, Natalie Sohn with nine and Heyn with six.

On Monday, in the latest CIF Sac-Joaquin Section girls Div. II Power Ratings, Del Oro was positioned in the No. 5 position. Overall on the year, the Lady Eagles are now 15-9 on the season.

SFL Girls

Basketball

                 W    L

N. Union   6    1

Del Oro     5    2

Woodcreek 4   3

Rocklin      4    3

G. Bay       2     5

Roseville    0    7