Granite Bay, Woodcreek girls in strong position

Section releases rankings of girls’ basketball teams
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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When the Sac-Joaquin Section released its first set of power ratings Monday, the girls’ teams at Granite Bay and Woodcreek high schools found themselves in a great spot, right near the top. “We did what we needed to do as a league to get to this point, it is now up to Granite Bay and ourselves to take care of business in league every night, which is no easy job,” said Woodcreek coach Ray Beck. “Five games could change you drastically. We were No. 16 last year with four games left and finished No. 8, so winning games is what we need to do.” The section will release a second preliminary set of ratings in a week and then the final rankings will determine playoff seeds for the top 16 teams in each of five divisions. In Division II, Granite Bay is sitting in the No. 2 spot, with Woodcreek right behind at No. 3. The goal for everyone is to reach the top four, with the possibility of two home playoff games that would come with it, but the top eight get to host one postseason contest. “I think for us to be in the second spot at this season is a positive, but I am more happy to see us do it with the highest strength of schedule in Division II,” said Granite Bay coach Melissa Triebwasser. “I really felt we played a very challenging preseason, and that it would pay dividends for us later, in the SFL and into the playoffs.” For now, Oakmont and Roseville are sitting well below the top 16, and both have considerable work to do if they hope to play beyond the end of the regular year. Despite their 10-5 record in non-league games, the Vikings have struggled with some very close losses inside the SFL. “It’s up to us,” said Oakmont coach Al Voigt. “If we are able to do what Woodcreek did last year – win four out of our last five, I am pretty confident the calculations will go in our favor.” The Del Oro Lady Eagles, as expected, are currently rated as the No. 1 team in Division III.