Five area basketball teams advance in tournaments

By: Staff reports
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Area high school basketball teams were a collective 5-3 on Thursday night as the latest round of nonleague tournaments opened throughout the Sacramento area.

After Roseville nipped Highlands 49-48 in overtime in the Titan Holiday Hoop Classic at Antelope, Granite Bay used a 27-point second quarter to beat Stockton-Bear Creek 65-52 in the Mark Macres Tournament at Monterey Trail in Elk Grove. Oakmont blew out Mira Loma 66-36 in a Del Oro Invitational matinee, and Woodcreek fell to Center 57-50 in the Folsom-Vista Varsity Invitational at Vista del Lago.

In girls games, Oakmont topped Mesa Verde 54-18 in the 38th annual Oakmont Roseville Rotary Tournament, and Roseville fell to Elk Grove-Franklin 56-34. Woodcreek defeated Winters 55-27 in the Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament in Davis, and Valley Christian opened its Coach T Memorial with a 58-44 loss to Sacramento Waldorf.

Tournament action continues Friday and concludes Saturday with seventh-place, consolation, third-place and championship games.


Oakmont 66, Mira Loma 36 — Hunter Ford scored 18 points, and the Vikings (2-3) pulled away to leads of 37-20 at the half and 56-26 after three quarters.

Roseville 49, Highlands 48 (OT) — Andrew Schmidt scored 17 points to help the Tigers (2-5) beat the Scots.

Schmidt scored 23 in a 65-47 loss to Yuba City earlier this week. Cole Jacobs scored nine. Roseville got into foul trouble and lost an early nine-point lead.

Center 57, Woodcreek 50 —Freshman Noah Blackwell scored a game-high 20 points, and Tyler Milani had 12 for the Timberwolves (1-6) in their loss to the Cougars.

Florin 81, Valley Christian 72 — Senior Jason Gish scored 18 points for the Lions (1-3), who let a 32-30 halftime lead get away in their loss to the Panthers. Wright Hagerty scored 12 points, Josh Flanagan 11 and Daniel Lazaresku nine.

Valley Christian was 11 for 56 on three-point tries and 10 for 28 from the free throw line.

“If we can ever just make shots, I think we will be a handful to stop,” coach Brad Gunter Jr. said. “We had open shots all evening long and just didn’t convert.”

Before facing Florin, Valley Christian lost to Marin Academy 90-72 in the Redwood Classic. The Lions were 7 for 39 on three-point attempts and 16 for 32 from the free throw line. Valley Christian led 42-39 at halftime.

Gish scored 15 points, Kris Kobzeff 13, Josh Bowden 10 and Lazaresku and Jimmy Shaw eight apiece.


Oakmont 54, Mesa Verde 18 — Playing for the first time since their Foundation Game on Nov. 28, the Vikings led 6-1 after one quarter and rebounded their way to more shots and a 22-5 halftime lead.

“We didn’t shoot that great in the second quarter but did a great job on the boards,” coach Al Voigt said, noting Mesa Verde didn’t collect an offensive rebound in the first half.

Sydney Sattelberg scored 13 points, Emilee Gavia 10 and Ashley Rominger and Kelsey Caudill eight each. Bianca Aibuedefe and Kendra Barnhard each grabbed nine rebounds, and Caudill had six rebounds. Aibuedefe, Caudill, Gavia and Brittany Martin each had three assists.

Franklin 56, Roseville 34 — Lollie Fitzpatrick had a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the Tigers (0-6) committed 25 turnovers in their loss to the Wildcats. Fitzpatrick was 7 for 9 from the field and had Roseville’s only two assists.

Noelle Turner had seven points, six rebounds and three steals for Roseville, and Summer Muir had five steals.

Woodcreek 55, Winters 27 — Fia Hoskinson scored a game-high 16 points as the Timberwolves rolled over Winters. Destiny Standifer scored nine points and Sammi Gonzalez eight for Woodcreek.

Woodcreek (4-1) weathered a late three-point storm by Vacaville to win 69-63 earlier this week. The Timberwolves trailed 8-2, but Gonzalez led the comeback by making three three-pointers on her way to 20 points.

Kayla Gardner scored 17 points, Standifer 12 and Hoskinson 11, and Kylie Henry made a crucial free throw with 30 seconds left after Vacaville cut the lead to three.

Sacramento Waldorf 58, Valley Christian 44 — Sophomore Grace Magni scored 15 points and freshman Jenny Frank 11 for the Lions (0-4), who trailed by two at halftime.

JV boys

Florin 64, Valley Christian 48 — The Lions trailed 29-19 at halftime and 47-26 after three quarters in their season opener. Sophomore Zach Sween scored 16 points and freshman Forest Ryan nine for Valley Christian, which was 8 for 22 from the free throw line.