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Lady Eagles go after crown

By: Staff Report
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If the Del Oro Lady Eagles want to extend their streak of Sierra Foothill League championship seasons to eight straight years, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. The Lady Eagles will head up Highway 49 to Grass Valley tonight where they will take on Nevada Union’s Miners at 7 p.m., in what should be a winner-take-all showdown game that will determine this year’s league champion. The Del Oro girls received a pleasant surprise last Thursday night. While the they were disposing of Roseville in a 69-44 road win, Nevada Union saw its previously undefeated SFL record go up in flames via a 63-39 loss absorbed on the road at Rocklin. Thursday’s results left the Lady Eagles and Miners tied atop the league ledger, both with identical 7-1 slates. To set the stage for tonight’s showdown, on Tuesday, Del Oro had to weather a challenge at home from Woodcreek while NU was set to hit the road and take on Roseville. In Del Oro’s win over Roseville, the Lady Eagles and Tigers were touch-and-go after a back-and-forth 18-15 first quarter in Del Oro’s favor. But in the second stanza, Del Oro stepped up its defense, pushed the ball inside and, in the process, raced out to a 42-26 lead by the halftime break. Del Oro’s late second-quarter 15-2 push was the spurt that broke the game open. Danielle Davis hit a lay-up off of a Jessica Hinsken assist to start the run, as the Lady Eagles inside presence helped account for the burst that gave them the 16-point halftime cushion. While Brianna Ruiz bagged four 3-point baskets early on, junior center Stephanie Geyer bagged 10 third-quarter points in one-on-one situations, but got the offense they’ve been looking for in the tune of a 10-point third-quarter from Geyer. The junior center scored four straight baskets to open the quarter and finished with a game-high 24 points. Ruiz followed Geyer with 17 points; while Paige McKim added eight points; and Davis netted six.