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Del Oro girls bounce back with win over Granite Bay

By: Trevor Horn
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LOOMIS — Lurking around uncharted territory this week, the Del Oro High School girls basketball team returned to the win column with a 65-43 Sierra Foothill League victory over Granite Bay on Thursday night.

Coming off back-to-back losses to Woodcreek and Rocklin, the Golden Eagles (15-9 overall, 5-2 SFL) looked sluggish coming out as Granite Bay took a 7-2 lead. But Del Oro’s deep bench and athleticism became too much, as the Golden Eagles outscored Granite Bay 19-9 in the second quarter. Mia Maglinte scored nine of her 15 points in the quarter, and Del Oro took a double-digit halftime lead.

“We were determined to come back and play our best,” Del Oro sophomore forward Lauren Heyn said. “We had the energy and excitement we should have had the last couple of games. But it doesn’t matter anymore because we are ready for the next games coming.”

Heyn came off the bench to score six points and grab four rebounds. Along with McKenna Mitchell, Libby Runte, Hanna Jordan and Cecelia Campbell, the five Del Oro reserves combined for 23 points.

“It is a great thing that whoever wants to come off the bench or even is on the bench can just come out as great as we can,” Heyn said. “It’s a great team that we have, and we all work hard to do our best.”

Stephanie Geyer had 13 points and eight rebounds for Del Oro.

Freshman Daeja Black led Granite Bay (11-13, 2-5 SFL) with 15 points, including all nine of the Grizzlies’ points in the fourth quarter. She also had five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Sophomore Annie Wright had 11 points and five rebounds, and senior Katrina Reeves had eight points, six rebounds and three steals. Junior Jennifer Manduca had seven points and five assists.

Coach Angel Delgadillo sees the rest of the season as a building block for the future. Six of Granite Bay’s nine players are underclassmen, including three starters.

“We are still in teaching mode,” Delgadillo said. “We’ve got a lot of players coming back, but we aren’t throwing in the towel by any means.”

Del Oro still has a shot at the league title. Nevada Union (18-4, 6-1) maintained a one-game lead after beating Rocklin 63-58 on Thursday night. This is the first time Del Oro has two league losses since the 2004-05 season, and coach Mike Takayama hopes the win will start a new s
treak.

“We were kind of down after losing two straight,” Takayama said. “That doesn’t happen to us too often. Tonight was one of those games where you want to regain some momentum.”