Granite Bay learns during Foundation loss to area power SheldonBy: Bill Poindexter, Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
Foundation Games in high school basketball don’t count, yet they count greatly.
While not recorded as an official contact (read: game) and affecting a team’s record, these games are real, all right. It’s 48 minutes, in uniform, at home or on the road, in front of loud, cheering and booing fans eager to work off their own rust and give a referee — or three or four, since two two-person teams alternate quarters — the what-for.
Granite Bay coach Jason Sitterud saw plenty of good in his Grizzlies’ 88-64 loss at Sheldon on Monday night. Sheldon is one of the most successful programs in the greater Sacramento area, and this season’s roster again is heavy in talent, height and athleticism.
“It served its purpose,” Sitterud said. “They’re about as good as you’re going to see anywhere.”
The Grizzlies (officially still 0-0) had a cold first quarter, making just three baskets and committing several turnovers while Sheldon’s Antonio Lewis scored 10 of his game-high 32 points as the Huskies jetted to a 24-10 lead.
Trailing 46-26 at halftime, Granite Bay shot 11 of 17 in the third quarter, stepped in front of Sheldon passes, pounced on defense, rebounded and outscored the Huskies 24-17 to cut its deficit to 12 at one point.
Aiden Naughton and Daniel Romero were a combined 7 of 8 from the floor for 15 points in the period, and each totaled 12 to lead Granite Bay, which learned then and there its keys to success this season will be to attack and be aggressive on offense and defense.
“We made a game of it,” Sitterud said. “We just started to execute better.”
Jacob King scored 10 points for the Grizzlies, and Anthony Pedersen, Sherron Bradford and sophomore Kendrick Jackson scored eight apiece. Pedersen made three free throws in four attempts as the result of technical fouls in the fourth period of this game that didn’t count.
Sheldon big man Ryan Manning had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and freshmen Devin Greene (5 feet 9) and Ian Miller (6-6) scored 16 and 11 points on a combined five three-pointers for the reloading Huskies.
Sheldon 70, Granite Bay 42 — Senior Katrina Reeves led the Grizzlies with 12 points. Freshman Daeja Black scored eight points and senior Gia France seven for Granite Bay, which will be without two starters into December.