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High school girls basketball

Second half recovery saves Woodcreek girls

Sophomore Chanco leads way to victory
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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It took the better part of four quarters to get warmed up, but when the Woodcreek High School girls basketball team finally got it going, there was still time as it drew even with Del Campo late in the final stanza and then ran away for a 54-46 overtime win. The Timberwolves, forced to play this home game in the gym at Oakmont due to floor maintenance at Woodcreek, took a while to grow accustomed to the surroundings on Tuesday. It was a solid defensive effort that kept the Lady Timberwolves in the game long enough for the offense to find its footing. Del Campo made life difficult for Woodcreek all night long, even making it tough for the home team to get the ball in bounds. Everything was a struggle for the Timberwolves, who had a hard time in their half-court sets, as Del Campo packed the inside and kept defenders all around junior forward Jennifer Judge. “Playing a team like Del Campo was good for us,” Woodcreek coach Ray Beck said. “Rocklin plays a similar style so this will be nice preparation for league play.” While Woodcreek struggled to hit shots from the perimeter, Del Campo used strong offensive rebounding and a consistent short-range game to build a 26-15 lead by intermission. Judge scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in the first half, and sophomore guard Joleen Chanco added four points. Del Campo senior forward Sarah Standley scored eight of her team-high 11 points in the second period and senior forward Alexa Novak tallied six of her ten before halftime. “That was a rough halftime discussion,” Beck said. “We got it fixed and took care of business in the second half.” The Timberwolves got their running game going after the break, turning steals into easy scoring chances at the other end and preventing the physical Del Campo defense from having an impact. Chanco had a pair of thefts and six points in the third period and Judge scored four more points as Woodcreek pulled inside of single digits at 36-27 after three. A 9-2 run out of the gate in the final regulation period was keyed at the defensive end. Chanco, Judge and senior point guard Casie Tingley lived in the Cougar passing lanes while senior forward Chelsea Green and junior forward Cara Jones each snared four boards. Jones was particularly effective on the offensive glass, keeping Woodcreek possessions alive. Tingley scored eight points in the fourth quarter, and added a pair of free throws in the overtime session in a solid 12-point, four-assist performance. With 16 seconds remaining in regulation, Cougar forward Katie Zavoral hit the front end of a one-and-one, but missed on the back end to leave Del Campo with a two-point lead at 44-42. The Cougars grabbed the offensive rebound, but forced up and ill-advised shot that led to a game-changing turnover. Tingley pulled the ball free and dribbled it to the opposite end of the floor where she leveled the contest with a layup that forced the extra session. After the excitement of the final seconds, the overtime period was somewhat anticlimactic. The Timberwolves used some clutch free-throw shooting from Tingley and a big early bucket from Judge to get off the mark quickly in the four-minute session, but the period belonged to Chanco. The sophomore scored six of her 18 points in overtime, leading Woodcreek to a 10-2 advantage for the period and a big win that takes its record to 8-2. The Lady Timberwolves host Yuba City on Tuesday to close out their non-league schedule.