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Valley Christian widens its lead in SMAL

By: Staff reports
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Valley Christian Academy took a 2½-game lead in the Sacramento Metro Athletic League into its game against Buckingham Charter on Friday night after defeating Sacramento Country Day 76-37 on Tuesday.

“Sac Country Day has played very well in league play of late, and for us to go to their home court and win in this fashion says a lot of the progression of our team,” Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. said.

Joey Parker scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half, including 10 in the first quarter, as Valley Christian (18-3, 7-0 SMAL) took a 45-21 halftime lead over the Cavaliers (8-7, 4-4). Parker made four three-pointers. He also had eight assists and four steals.

Jason Gish scored a game-high 29 points and had six assists and four steals. He also made four three-pointers and was 7 for 8 from the free-throw line.

Jesse Peters and Greg Ellis held Country Day’s big men to 17 total points. Peters had eight points and eight rebounds. Six players had more than five rebounds, and the Lions totaled 56 rebounds, 17 assists, 14 steals and four blocked shots.

Freshman girls
Roseville 36, Granite Bay 35 (OT)
– Summer Muir made the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime to help the Tigers (8-10, 1-5 SFL) beat the Grizzlies for their first league victory. Hannah Houts scored four points in overtime for Roseville.

Roseville lost to Del Oro 33-11 and Nevada Union 52-29 in its previous two games. Baylee Spencer led the Tigers with 10 points against Del Oro, and Muir scored seven. Houts and Natalia Espino scored six each. Muir scored 10 points against Nevada Union and Sierra Alejandrez six.

Roseville lost to Woodcreek 41-23 on Thursday. Espino led the Tigers with nine points.