Sciascia scores 26 as Grizzlies top Thunder

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Granite Bay High’s varsity girls basketball team topped visiting Rocklin 64-53 on Thursday night. The Grizzlies led for most of the game but Rocklin pulled to within 55-52 when junior Katie Summers hit two free throws with 2:18 left. Then Granite Bay junior Sarah Sciascia, who scored a game high 26 points, put the game away. She converted two free throws at 2:14, sunk a 3-pointer at 1:36 and drove to the basket for a bucket with 50 seconds left to put her team up 62-53. The Grizzlies are now 18-7 overall and 9-1 in the Sierra Foothill League while Rocklin is 13-12 and 3-8. Granite Bay also beat Rocklin, 65-45, when the teams met in the first round of league play. Summers led the Thunder with 18 points while senior point guard Emily Shields had 10 points. Madison Smith had seven points and Tori Johnson scored six for Rocklin. Alexis Knudtson (19 points) and Carlie McKeon (13) helped Sciascia carry the offensive load for the Grizzlies. McKeon scored Granite Bay’s first seven points of the fourth quarter. Granite Bay led 15-12 after one quarter, 29-22 at the half and 48-38 entering the fourth quarter. “We’ve got a pretty balanced team and different kids step up on different nights,” Granite Bay coach Ron Woodhouse said. “You have to win the ones you are supposed to and to me that’s the close games . . . (Rocklin) is every bit as strong as we are and it’s a battle. I’m proud of the way the kids played tonight.” Rocklin coach Frank Shields was very fired up in the first half, hollering at his players more than usual. “I saw a couple of players – body language telling me that they had given up and we don’t come out here to give up,” Shields said. “We will not roll over for anybody.” Shields was pleased with how Rocklin battled back after trailing 14-4 six minutes into the game. “We did a good job defensively but we struggled offensively,” Shields said. Johnson, a junior guard, came off the bench to spark Rocklin. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the third quarter to keep the Thunder close. “Tori’s been doing a great job,” Shields said. “Really good coming off the bench and she’s a large guard in that off guard spot that can rebound and play good defense.” Rocklin senior Sasha Brown blew out her ACL in Wednesday’s practice and sat on the team’s bench with crutches Thursday night. Rocklin will host Del Oro at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 19 in its final game of the league season. Granite Bay will play at Del Oro on Tuesday and close the regular season at Woodcreek on Feb. 19. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.