Woodcreek is latest victim of Del Oro girls

Roseville, Granite Bay, Oakmont all lose
By: Kayla Nix/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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LOOMIS – The Sierra Foothill League needs to watch out.

It looks like Del Oro High School’s girls basketball team is to be feared by one and all again this season following a 61-32 victory over Woodcreek on Wednesday night.

Del Oro set a blistering pace in the first quarter against the Timberwolves (13-8, 2-2), scoring 25 points in a relentless offensive barrage.

Woodcreek was held to seven points in the first quarter and five in the third period. Joleen Chanco led the Timberwolves with seven points, and Kayla Gardner had six points and five rebounds.

“We didn’t come out as aggressive as we needed to early on,” Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said. “We kind of let the game get ahead of us because we didn’t come out with that aggressive attacking look. We were kind of apprehensive on offense.”

The Golden Eagles are 16-3 overall and 4-0 in the SFL. Their first three league wins came without star Crystal Sewell, who injured a thumb over the winter break.

Sewell, a first-team All-SFL selection last season, entered the game to welcoming cheers from the home crowd with two minutes left in the opening quarter.

“She just couldn’t wait to get back,” Del Oro coach Mike Takayama said. “Tuesday’s practice was great because all the girls couldn’t wait for her to be out there with us. She just adds another weapon in our arsenal, so welcome back Crystal.”

Sewell had four points and three rebounds in limited playing time.

“She was a little apprehensive out there,” Beck said. “She was, you could tell, a little nervous catching the ball. She double dribbled once, and there was another time she probably did, too. Just a little apprehension that she had.”

Brianna Ruiz made two three-pointers and led Del Oro with 19 points. Belle Obert scored 13 and Madeline Campbell 10. Campbell also hit two three-pointers.

Woodcreek will be host to Del Oro on Feb. 15. Del Oro’s SFL winning streak is 54. The Golden Eagles haven’t lost a league game since Feb. 9, 2006, when they fell to Placer 34-23.

“I think next time we play them we’re going to compete and play with them,” Beck said. “We have the capability to do so if we come out from the start.”

Next, Woodcreek will play host to Rocklin (13-8, 3-1) on Friday night.
“If we can take down Rocklin, we’re in a three-way tie for second place,” Beck said. “They’re playing well right now. They’re going to play an aggressive, pressing kind of style. We have to be ready to attack it.”

Nevada Union 52, Roseville 46 – Ada Ukaegbu scored 10 points and Jamie Nurenberg eight for the Tigers (4-16, 0-4 SFL) in their loss to the visiting Miners (13-9, 3-1).

Rocklin 71, Granite Bay 38 – The Grizzlies (1-19, 0-4 SFL) were outscored 40-10 in the middle two quarters by the host Thunder (13-8, 3-1). Cayley McDowell led Granite Bay with 14 points, and Maria Dela Cruz scored eight.

Casa Roble 47, Oakmont 40 – The Vikings (13-8, 0-4 CVC) faded after being tied with the Rams (10-9, 3-1) at halftime. Olivia Francis scored nine points and Shelby Kelch eight for Oakmont.

Del Oro 61, Woodcreek 32
Woodcreek (32)

Hoskinson 2 0-0 5, Mandich 1 0-0 2, Chanco 3 1-4 7, Cho 1 0-0 2, Gonzalez 1 0-0 3, Standifer 0 3-4 3, Edwards 0 2-4 2, Gardner 3 0-0 6, Henry 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 6-12 32.
Del Oro (61)
Campbell 4 0-1 10, Obert 6 1-1 13, Geyer 4 2-3 10, Ruiz 8 1-2 19, Donnot 1 0-2 2, Sewell 2 0-0 4, Bernauer 1 0-0 3. Totals 26 4-9 61.

Woodcreek    7     9     5   11 – 32
Del Oro        25   15   15    6 – 61

Three-point goals – Woodcreek 2 (Hoskinson 1, Gonzalez 1), Del Oro 5 (Campbell 2, Ruiz 2, Bernauer 1). Rebounds – Woodcreek 13 (Gardner 5), Del Oro 26 (Campbell 5, Ruiz 5, Obert 5).