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Tigers top Thunder in overtime

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Roseville High’s varsity girls basketball team beat visiting Rocklin 39-36, in overtime, Thursday night. Rocklin led 15-4 after the first quarter and 22-16 at the half but the offense went cold thereafter. The Thunder made only one basket following a hoop with three minutes left in the third quarter. Rocklin also struggled from the free-throw line, converting 10-of-24, while Roseville made 13-15. “We do foolish things under pressure (offensively),” said Rocklin coach Frank Shields, whose team lost to Roseville by one point earlier this season. “We played D but it’s just the offense. We get nothing that’s easy. Holding a team to 39 points is good but we struggled offensively.” Roseville outscored Rocklin 5-2 in overtime as senior Breanna Warnock converted two inside baskets. Rocklin (13-10 overall) is now 3-6 in the Sierra Foothill League while Roseville (12-11) is 4-5. “This is the SFL and it’s like this every night,” Roseville coach Ron Volk said. “The biggest thing to me was how we hung together when players went down. They kept battling.” Roseville senior shooting guard Alicia Mervau, who had a game-high 12 points, left the game with a hip injury with about one minute remaining in the third quarter and didn’t return. Roseville point guard Raina Loya was fouled hard and landed on her back with about one minute left in the fourth quarter and she was in and out of the game from then on. “(Mervau’s) hip popped but it popped back into place because it’s not sticking out,” Volk said. “She’s going to be sore for a few days.” After being down early, Volk was pleased with how his team responded in the second quarter. “We stepped up the intensity . . . and switched to a man defense,” Volk said. Roseville junior Katie Simon had 11 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks while Mervau collected seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to go with her scoring. Emily Shields (eight points) and Sasha Brown (seven) led Rocklin in scoring. All Brown’s points came from the free-throw line. Despite the loss, Shields is confident that the Thunder will still qualify for the playoffs in Division II. The latest power rankings were released Monday and Rocklin was 14th. Roseville was ranked 11th and 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. “We think we are in,” Shields said. Rocklin will host Nevada Union and Roseville will play at Del Oro on Tuesday, both games at 7:30 p.m.