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Lady Eagles will be challenged in hoops race

By: Staff report
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The Del Oro Lady Eagles have had a stranglehold on the Sierra Foothill League girls basketball championship. After all, seven consecutive SFL title flags hang in the Del Oro gymnasium as a visible reminder. But this year there are rumblings in SFL camps that this could be the season that the Lady Eagles may finally be jolted from their roost as SFL queens. Using non-league games as an indication, four of the six SFL teams showed that they were capable of winning the SFL this season, including the Lady Eagles who were 8-6 at the start of this week. Here’s a preview look at this year’s SFL girls hoop race: Del Oro (8-6) — It’s true the Lady Eagles lost plenty of firepower from last season’s team, which went 27-5 and advanced to the Nor Cal Div. II Regional championship game. But coach Mike Takayama’s squad looks to still have enough in the cupboard to mesh into yet another SFL title team. Leading Del Oro’s charge will be 5-11 swing-players Brianna Ruiz; 6-1 pivot Stephanie Geyer; senior guard Paige McKim; and sophomore sparkplug Mia Maglinte. Woodcreek (9-5) — Woodcreek enjoyed a winning pre-season, which included pushing Del Oro in a 52-42 loss at the Lady Eagle Invitational and two other close defeats to Sacramento powers Kennedy and El Camino. Leading the way for Coach Raymond Beck’s T-Wolves are Samantha Gonzalez, Destiny Standifer and guard Fia Hoskinsen. Rocklin (8-7) — The Thunder showed plenty of spark in the pre-season that they may be able to hang with the upper echelon of the SFL this season. Top performers for the Rocklin squad include Joie Camalo, who averages 12.5 points a game; Lydia Summers, Jamie Curtis and Shannon Garvella. In a non-league match up of SFL teams, Rocklin fell 51-49 to Nevada Union. Nevada Union (6-6) — The Miners have one of the better balanced scoring attacks among SFL squads this season. Lindsay DeMatteis leads the Miners scoring 12 points a game, but she gets plenty of help from Nicokle Lierly, Sydney Porter and Lauren Mickel. Roseville (2-12) — Only four seniors dot the Tigers’ roster. The team’s scoring leader is 5-10 forward Lollie Fitzpatrick, who is averaging a shade under 13 points an outing. Granite Bay (1-8) — Sophomore Jennifer Manducca and junior Katrina Reeves have been the Grizzlies’ top two scorers this season. ~