Woodcreek alone in second place in SFL

Timberwolves get back at Nevada Union, then bounce Granite Bay
By: Staff reports
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Woodcreek High School moved into sole possession of second place in the Sierra Foothill League with two victories this week, including a 54-24 win Thursday night at Granite Bay.

The Timberwolves (17-8 overall, 6-2 SFL) held the Grizzlies (2-22, 1-7) scoreless in the second quarter with what Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck described as “excellent” perimeter defense. The defense also led to easy baskets for Fia Hoskinson, who led the Timberwolves with 16 points.

“We played excellent defense throughout the first half,” Beck said of Woodcreek, which built a 26-5 lead.

Hoskinson made three three-pointers in the second half, and Samantha Gonzalez made two to help the Timberwolves overcome eight quick points by Granite Bay’s Lindsay Nelson.

Woodcreek sophomore Liz Gehweiler played extended minutes in the absence of Joleen Chanco and scored six points.

On Tuesday night, Woodcreek avenged a loss to Nevada Union (14-11, 4-3) with a 73-48 blowout at home. The Timberwolves took leads of 10-1 and 15-3 and, in taking a 36-18 halftime advantage, surpassed their 29-point outing in a 17-point loss to Nevada Union on Jan. 19.

“We learned a lot that game and knew we could play better,” Beck said. “This was a good team effort.”

Lauren Cho made two 15-footers and Hoskinson hit two three-pointers to lead the Timberwolves in the first quarter. Destiny Standifer and Christina Mandich combined for 14 points in the second period.

Woodcreek extended its lead to 32 late in the third quarter, as Chanco scored eight of her 15 points, including two three-point plays, and Kayla Gardner scored six points.

“No letdown to start the half, and I’m proud of the girls for that,” Beck said.

Hoskinson made four three-pointers and led the Timberwolves with 16 points. Standifer scored 12 points and Mandich 10.

Del Oro 59, Roseville 37 – The Golden Eagles (20-4, 8-0 SFL) used an 18-8 second quarter to take a 36-21 halftime lead over the host Tigers (4-20, 0-8).

Lolly Fitzpatrick again led Roseville with 12 points. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in Roseville’s 62-52 loss at Rocklin on Tuesday night. Kayla Granucci and Jamie Nurenberg scored nine points each against Rocklin, and Nurenberg had 10 rebounds.

Bella Vista 72, Oakmont 35 – Sabrina Ali scored nine points for the Vikings (13-12, 0-8 Capital Valley Conference), who trailed the league-leading Broncos (19-5, 8-0) 42-12 at halftime.

Roseville 34, Rocklin 29
– Natalia Espino scored 13 points, and Mariah Patchett scored all six of her points in the fourth quarter to help the Tigers (9-10, 2-5) defeat the Thunder. Summer Muir scored nine points and led Roseville defensively, and Baylee Spencer scored six points.