Over early - Del Oro girls dominate Woodcreek in final

Golden Eagles win own tournament
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With its starting five limited to just six points Saturday night, the Woodcreek High girls basketball team fell 54-19 to Del Oro in the Lady Eagles Invitational title game. The Timberwolves were completely off their game from the outset as they got nothing going at the offensive end. Missed shots, even a significant number of lay-ups right at the rim, did in a Woodcreek team that looked very uncomfortable against the Sierra Foothill League’s powerhouse program. The contest was supposed to be a non-league game battle between two of the SFL’s top teams, but it disintegrated quickly as the Golden Eagles raced to a 19-1 lead after the initial stanza. Belle Obert scored eight points and Brianna Ruiz added five in the period for Del Oro. Woodcreek hit just 1-of-4 from the free throw line, and missed three more charity tosses in the second as it fell behind too far to get back into the contest. Obert’s 13 points, combined with seven from Ruiz and six from Crystal Sewell carried the Lady Eagles to a 31-8 lead at intermission. “What we needed to do is knock down a couple of shots and then be able to really make them work to score, but we were turning the ball over and we couldn't find the basket including the 6 missed free throws early,” said Woodcreek coach Ray Beck. The lack of execution continued after the break for Woodcreek as the Timberwolves managed just 13 points through three full periods. Fia Hoskinson scored five points off the Woodcreek bench to lead the Timberwolves in scoring. The team was hurt by the absence of guard Joleen Chanco, who still awaits the results of an MRI after a Tuesday injury sidelined her for this entire tournament. “If you told me we'd win two games after losing Joleen on Tuesday I'd take it in a heartbeat,” Beck said. “We had one day of practice to start making adjustments team-wise and with our rotation, so coming off the two tough games against Bear River and Pleasant Valley where we had to battle and scrape every last second for wins, we didn't want to come out and try to press and overextend ourselves.” Beck elected to stay away from the heavy dose of full-court pressure that is his team’s calling card. Chanco is a key piece of the team’s pressure defense. “We actually struggled in our full court press the night before and I felt that we'd get run out of the gym with that approach,” Beck said. “We do have the ability to get by them to the basket a little bit, but we have to knock down some shots when we do so and then we have to simply defend better no matter what style we need to utilize which could be multiple styles in the future with them.” The best news for Woodcreek Saturday was that the game did not count in the league standings, and the Timberwolves will get two more shots at Del Oro. “The next time we play we'll just need to adjust to the speed of the game and the length they bring to the table,” Beck said. “We don't see that in practice (particularly the team length).” Obert scored 17 points to lead the Del Oro offense, as Sewell added eight and Ruiz and Madeline Campbell each tossed in seven points. The Golden Eagles play in the West Coast Jamboree Tournament beginning next Monday, opening with a game against Lincoln of San Francisco. The Timberwolves are in the Bully’s Winter Classic at McQueen High in Reno next week. Woodcreek opens against the host team at 7:45 p.m. Monday night.