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Timberwolves hold off Casa Roble in Foundation Game

Oakmont, Woodcreek girls, Roseville boys also post victories
By: Staff reports
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It took awhile to get going, but once the Woodcreek High School boys basketball team got that all-important first shot to fall, it led nearly wire to wire in a 58-54 win over Casa Roble in a Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Game on Monday night in Orangevale.

The Timberwolves hoisted five shots in the first three minutes before one fell, but a stifling defense held Casa Roble to one bucket. Guard Chris Stapleton scored seven of his team-high 14 points in the third quarter, when Casa Roble outscored Woodcreek 17-10 to erase an eight-point halftime deficit, but Woodcreek held its lead into the fourth quarter.

Casa Roble took a 51-50 lead with three minutes to play, but a bucket and one by Woodcreek senior forward Noah Bishop erased the Rams’ second and last lead. Up four with 34 seconds left, junior returning forward Tyler Milani put on a series of shifty moves to shake two Rams trying to foul him and made a slick scoop pass to take more than 10 seconds off the clock and help preserve the win.

Woodcreek freshman guard Noah Blackwell led all players with 21 points, including four 3-pointers.

Woodcreek girls 54, Casa Roble 41 – The Timberwolves survived what coach Raymond Beck characterized as “momentary lapses” in focus to power through the host Rams.

The Timberwolves’ quick, athletic defense held Casa Roble without a field goal for the first six minutes, during which Woodcreek built a lead it never relinquished. Even though the Timberwolves went scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half — and were outscored 17-10 in the third quarter — they held a healthy lead throughout.

The only area Woodcreek didn’t completely dominate was rebounding, as Casa Roble consistently cleaned the defensive glass and got many second and third looks on the offensive end.

Timberwolves senior point guard Sammy Gonzalez led all players with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and senior forward Fia Hoskinson scored 10.

- John Parker

Roseville 77, Placer 49 — The Tigers showed they can play defense and score in bunches in their blowout of the Hillmen at Moeller Gym.

Roseville took a 14-5 lead before being hit by a technical foul with 3:28 left in the first quarter. The foul helped Placer close to 19-13, but the Hillmen never got closer. Matsu Mori helped the Tigers pull away by scoring seven of their first 12 points in the fourth quarter. He led the Tigers with 20 points, while Andrew Schmidt and Marcus Garcia scored 11 each.

Placer girls 49, Roseville 38 — Neither the Tigers nor Placer could will in a basket until the 3:40 mark in the first quarter. The shots finally started to fall — just not for Roseville. Lollie Fitzpatrick and Summer Muir led the Tigers with nine points each.

- Justin Lawson

Center 76, Oakmont 56 — Trailing by seven at halftime, the visiting Vikings got into foul trouble in the second half and the host Cougars pulled away. Center shot 26 free throws in the second half and 34 total.

Seniors Hunter Ford and Mitchell Padilla led Oakmont with 16 and 14 points. Ford made four three-pointers, and Padilla made two.

Oakmont girls 48, Center 34 — The Vikings were outscored 9-0 to start the game and trailed 23-13 at halftime, then sophomore Olivia Francis keyed a 23-4 third-quarter run with 13 of her 15 points.

“We started boxing out, and we were aggressive on the press,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said.

Sophomore Sydney Sattelberg scored 13 points for the Vikings. Junior Kelsey Caudill and sophomore Emilee Gavia scored six each.

- Bill Poindexter

Kennedy 73, Granite Bay 54 — The Grizzlies trailed by three at halftime, but the host Cougars slowly pulled away in the second half.

Senior guard Carter Beatty said Granite Bay couldn’t keep up with Kennedy’s runs as the game progressed.

“We’re a young team, and we just have to learn to be more consistent throughout the entire game,” he said. “We’ll get better, though, and I can’t wait for the next game.”

Kennedy girls 63, Granite Bay 14 — The Grizzlies committed several turnovers, struggled to keep up with Kennedy’s fast breaks and scored only one point in the second and third quarters.

New coach Angel Delgadillo said Granite Bay is taking baby steps to start this season.

“We’re going to have our work cut out, and we’re shooting for everybody to improve and play together and give it our best shot,” Delgadillo said. “We have talent, but it’s young talent and we’re still working to put our team together. It’s evident that we haven’t had a lot of court time together, and we’ve had our struggles against a good (Kennedy) team to run our offense and defense.”

- Nick Hunte

Highlands 98, Valley Christian 85 — The athletic Scots threw down three earth-shattering dunks and ran up and down the court against an aggressive Lions full-court press, often finding open layups in transition.

Valley Christian answered with an aggressive attack and nailed nine three-pointers and recorded 19 assists with its hyper-speed offense.

“We expected against a very athletic Highlands team to give up 100 points,” Lions coach Brad Gunter Jr. said. “Our goal was to score 101. So I know it’s against all tradition of basketball, but where we fell short was the 101, not the 98 we gave up.”

Ten Valley Christian players scored at least four points, and three players scored more than 10. Senior Jake Sween led with 16. Senior Jason Gish, who led the Lions in scoring last season, had nine points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Highlands girls 83, Valley Christian 47 — Several weaknesses were exploited in the Lions’ loss to the Scots. The interior defense struggled against Highlands players Joneisha Smith and Natalya Stepanchuk, who combined for 44 points and 24 rebounds. Valley Christian also displayed sloppy passing, as Highlands made 17 steals.

Heather Frank, the Lions’ only senior, had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Freshman Jenny Frank also scored 10 points.

- Robbie Enos