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Granite Bay’s second win is full of emotion

Late free throw shooting helps Grizzlies girls defeat Roseville
By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Granite Bay High School’s girls basketball players couldn’t have been in a better mood. Coach Melissa Triebwassser was all smiles, and Katrina Reeves was high-fiving teammates on the bench after every late free throw that helped clinch their 56-49 Sierra Foothill League victory over visiting Roseville on Friday night.

“It’s been a lot of emotion, period,” Triebwasser said. “We’ve had a rough season. We had a fairly significant losing streak coming into this, so for the girls to come together, and the way they battled down the stretch, I was really, really proud of them.”

Senior captain Laura Preston was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the final period and hit four in the final two minutes. Roseville’s Allison Campbell hit a three-pointer to cut the Grizzlies’ lead to five, but Preston hit her final two free throws to cap the victory.

Granite Bay (2-19, 1-4 SFL) had a six-point lead with 2:01 left. Campbell came up with a steal and converted it into a fast-break layup. The Grizzlies answered with a basket, but Amanda Susbilla found Jamie Nurenberg in the post with a bounce pass to keep the Tigers in the game with 55 seconds left.

Roseville (4-17, 0-5) was forced to foul, and Preston put the game out of reach.

One key for Granite Bay was consistent three-point shooting. The Grizzlies moved the ball well from side to side to create open looks and hit nine from beyond the arc – five by Cayley McDowell, three by Preston and one by Reeves. McDowell led the Grizzlies with 16 points and Preston scored 15.

“We become a completely different team when we start hitting some shots,” Triebwasser said. “Our offense gets up. Cayley made a couple early and Laura knocked one down, and as soon as that started happening we started moving the ball real well. When we play unselfishly like that, getting the ball across the court on skips and reversals, we make open shots.”

Preston led Granite Bay with nine rebounds, and Maria Dela Cruz had three assists.

Nurenberg posted a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Roseville. Lolly Fitzpatrick scored 13 points, and Campbell had six assists for the Tigers.