Woodcreek’s Peska scores school-record 44 points

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It was apparent in the first quarter Wednesday night, Woodcreek High School boys basketball coach Paul Hayes said of John Peska.

“You could just tell he had the hot hand,” Hayes said.

The senior scored a school-record 44 points in the Timberwolves’ 85-65 Sierra Foothill League victory over Nevada Union. The old record was 39 points by Dunhill Verceles in the 2001-02 season against Granite Bay.

Peska made six three-pointers and 11 two-point baskets. Strangely, Peska was just 4 for 8 from the free-throw line. He’s shooting 68 percent from the line this season.

Peska scored 17 points in the first period, when he made three three-pointers, as Woodcreek took a 28-8 lead.

“He just started on fire,” Hayes said. “Yeah, it was fun.”

Peska scored nine points in the second quarter to help the Timberwolves take a 52-20 halftime advantage. He scored 11 more in the third quarter and seven in the fourth.

“We were getting out in the lane. John has a real knack for knowing when to go, and he runs the floor real well,” Hayes said. “He’s real strong with the ball, which helps.”

And Woodcreek has several unselfish players who just love to distribute the ball – notably, senior guard Devin Murphy, sophomore Tyler Milani and senior Sam Anderson.

“Murphy and Milani will get the ball in the lane and look up the floor, and Anderson has that water polo arm,” Hayes said of the 6-foot-7 center, who will grab a rebound and fire long passes up the court.

Woodcreek, seeded No. 1 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II power rankings, finished the regular season at home against Roseville on Friday night. The playoff brackets are scheduled to be released Sunday afternoon, according to the section website at

Del Oro 70, Roseville 45 – The Tigers were outscored 43-21 in the second half of their loss in Loomis. Andrew Schmidt led Roseville with 10 points.

Bella Vista 53, Oakmont 41 – John Adenrele scored 20 points for the Vikings, who trailed the Broncos 37-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Varsity girls
Roseville 43, Granite Bay 39
– The Tigers came back from a 17-3 deficit after the first quarter to beat the Grizzlies and finish the season with a two-game winning streak.

Lolly Fitzpatrick scored 15 points for Roseville (6-20, 2-8), and Ada Ukaegbu had eight points and 12 rebounds.

Cayley McDowell scored 14 points for Granite Bay (2-24, 1-9).

On Tuesday, Fitzpatrick scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift Roseville to a 64-52 victory at Nevada Union. Ukaegbu had a double double with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds. Gabby Gonzalez had eight points and four assists against Nevada Union, and Allison Campbell combined for eight steals in the two wins.

Oakmont 48, Del Campo 44 – Freshmen Olivia Francis and Emilee Gavia helped their senior teammates go out with a victory, and the Vikings finished over .500 at 14-13 and avoided going winless in the Capital Valley Conference at 1-9.

Francis made a free throw in the final seconds, and Gavia contributed a steal, a defensive rebound and two free throws to clinch the win on Senior Night.

Seniors Jennifer Gong, Sabrina Ali and Shelby Kelch did all the scoring in the first half, and seniors Haylee Finnerty and Lauren Eyster did “the dirty work,” according to coach Al Voigt, as Oakmont led 23-22.

Kelch hit three three-pointers and scored 15 in the first half. She finished her high school career with a 19-point game, a turned ankle and an elbow to the mouth before fouling out. Ali and Gong scored 10 points each.

“It was a good way to finish the year,” Voigt said. “Our seniors led the way, and our freshmen made crucial plays at crunch time. We got an entire team effort at the right time.”

JV boys
Granite Bay 59, Roseville 46
– Sherron Bradford and Jacob King each scored 13 points as the Grizzlies (22-2, 9-0 SFL) beat the Tigers and pulled within one game of a perfect SFL season. Daniel Romero grabbed 11 rebounds for Granite Bay, which pulled away from a 25-21 halftime lead.

Freshman girls
Roseville splits last two
– The Tigers lost to Nevada Union 52-24 and defeated Granite Bay 35-23 to finish with records of 10-12 overall and 3-7 in the SFL.

Summer Muir combined for 19 points in the two games, including 10 against Granite Bay, and Sierra Alejandrez totaled 10 points. Natalia Espino also scored 10 points against Granite Bay, which the Tigers held to two points in the second period.