Roseville, Valley Christian fall in tournaments

Woodcreek girls take second in Whitney Invitational
By: John Parker/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Roseville High School’s shooters needed time to warm up Saturday night, but by the time they did, it was too late as the Tigers lost to Oak Ridge 53-43 for third place in the Jack Scott Invitational at Rio Americano.

“We were stagnant with the ball in the first half,” coach Greg Granucci said. “When we started to get their defense to move side to side, we found some openings.”

The Trojans (3-1) came out in a full-court press that fell into a 2-3 trapping zone and took away senior center Andrew Schmidt for most of the night, putting the onus on the Tigers’ perimeter shooters. Senior guards Latrelle Swayne and Matsu Mori canned three-pointers in the first quarter, but that was all the scoring Roseville would muster while Oak Ridge got several easy transition buckets and put up 15.

“We played scared in the first,” Swayne said. “We weren’t playing hard enough.”

But when Oak Ridge guard Bryce Scott, the reigning tournament MVP, went cold and missed all six of his shots in the second, so did the Trojans, and Roseville pulled within 20-14 at halftime. Scott came out guns blazing in the third quarter and hit 4 of 5 shots, his only miss a three-quarters-of-the-court heave at the buzzer.

The Tigers clamped down on defense midway through the third quarter and into the fourth and trimmed a 15-point deficit to six, but another cold stretch coupled with an Oak Ridge run put the game out of reach.

“Our defense stepped up for a bit there in the second half,” Granucci said. “We got some offense out of the defense.”

Roseville lost to Casa Roble 69-61 on Monday night. Marcus Garcia and Cole Jacobs scored 14 points each. Schmidt scored 13 and Swayne 11.

Branson 73, Valley Christian 50 — The Lions couldn’t hit their shots and missed 12 free throws in a loss to powerful Branson in the Redwood Classic.
Jason Gish made four three-pointers and scored 12 points for Valley Christian. Nick Dillman scored seven points.

“We proved that the system gets us shots against a quality team,” coach Brad Gunter Jr. said. “We just need to hit those shots.”

Girls basketball

Woodcreek 70, Whitney 58 — Big quarters by Kayla Gardner, Fia Hoskinson and Destiny Standifer led the Timberwolves (2-1) over the host Wildcats on Friday and into the championship game of the Whitney Winter Invitational, where Woodcreek lost to Florin 74-21.

Gardner scored 11 of her 17 points in the second quarter to help the Timberwolves lead 27-24 at halftime. Hoskinson got hot in the third period, when Woodcreek built its lead to 45-36, and then made two of her four three-pointers in the final quarter to finish with 22 points. Standifer had 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, working inside and earning free throws.