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T-wolves jump on Grizzlies early, coast to SFL victory

Valley Christian’s start is delayed, but Lions finish Foresthill quick
By: Staff reports
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Woodcreek High School’s girls basketball team opened with a 12-3 run against Granite Bay and finished the first half with a 13-point run on the way to a 55-31 Sierra Foothill League victory Friday night.

Samantha Gonzalez and Lauren Cho led the charge on defense and running the floor. Gonzalez made three three-pointers and scored 17 points. Kayla Gardner and Destiny Standifer scored eight points apiece for the Timberwolves (14-6 overall, 2-1 SFL).

Woodcreek led by 30 in the second half.

Jen Manduca led the Grizzlies (5-13, 0-3) with 17 points. Julia Bermudez scored six points, and Annie Wright had five rebounds.

Boys

Valley Christian 95, Foresthill 59 — The Lions (12-6) tied a season high with 41 points in the first quarter and cruised to their ninth consecutive victory following a lengthy delay Friday.

A leaky roof brought Foresthill’s afternoon JV girls game against Placer to a halt in the second quarter, and all other scheduled games were moved to a local middle school. With the Valley Christian-Foresthill JV boys and varsity girls games to follow, the varsity boys game didn’t tip off until 9:40 p.m.

“A long night, to say the least,” Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. said.

Jake Sween led Valley Christian with 21 points. Jason Gish scored 13, Josh Flanagan 11, and Kris Kobzeff, Wright Hagerty and Josh Bowden scored nine each. All 11 Lions players in uniform scored.

JV

Valley Christian 83, Foresthill 50 — The Lions, 73-67 winners over the Wildfires (4-7) in a tough game Dec. 17, used 29-point first and second quarters to open a 58-21 halftime lead in a nonleague rematch Friday night.

Nick O’Connor canned three three-pointers and scored all 11 of his points in the first period for Valley Christian (13-6). The Lions made eight of their season-high 11 threes in the first half and built the lead without a press.

“Whoever I put in just made shots,” Lions coach Mike Parker said. “It was a thing of beauty.”

Micah Gunter led Valley Christian with 14 points. Elijah Winters and Zach Sween each scored 13 points and Daniel Milligan 10.

Oakmont 72, Bella Vista 62 — The Broncos drew to within five points in the fourth quarter, but the Vikings held off the late charge for a victory.