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Late 3-pointers carry Eich seventh-grade girls to win

Wildcats record second consecutive win to open season
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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A pair of huge three-point lasers in the final minute by Emilee Gavia delivered an exciting 38-35 win for the W.T. Eich seventh-grade girls basketball team Thursday against a talented Granite Oaks squad from Rocklin. After jumping out to an early lead in the opening stanza, the Wildcats watched their lead dwindle and then disappear before outstanding defense down the stretch opened the door for Gavia’s heroics. Early points from Mimi Anderson allowed Eich to open an initial 7-2 advantage before the Falcons narrowed the margin to 11-9 by the end of the first period. Behind a balanced scoring attack, led by Rachel Agarpo, Kelsey Woodell and Bykema Mobley, Granite Oaks forced turnovers to create scoring opportunities as it bounced back to lead by four, 27-23, after three quarters, but Eich scored 15 points in the final seven minutes to capture the win. Gavia drained a long-range 3-pointer at the one-minute mark to tie the game at 35-35, and then turned a Wildcat offensive rebound into the game-winning trey with just 12 seconds left on the clock. The two shots capped a 16-point performance for Gavia, who also nabbed six steals to lead Eich in that category. Olivia Francis scored 10 points for the Wildcats, and also grabbed six rebounds and added five steals to the winning effort, while Anderson scored eight points and Kendra Barnhard led the squad with seven boards. Eich (2-0) is in Granite Bay to take on Cavitt next Tuesday. Eich’s eighth graders struggled to find points against Granite Oaks, as the Wildcats dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 44-17 loss to the Falcons. Michelle Lawrence was very active for Eich, and led all players with 13 rebounds in the game, and Kelsey Caudill led the Wildcats with six points.