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Valley Christian loses to new-look Brookside Christian

Roseville girls win Dixon consolation final; Granite Bay will play for Mesa Verde JV tourney title
By: Staff reports
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Valley Christian Academy traveled to Stockton on Tuesday and ran into a different Brookside Christian team than the one that went 0-3 in the Bradshaw Holiday Jamboree three weeks ago and was blown out in its first six games.

The Knights have welcomed several late arrivals from the football team, which had its season extended into the middle of December because of a berth in the CIF Division IV State Bowl Game.

Valley Christian (10-3) lost to Brookside Christian (1-6) and its 10 three-pointers 78-65.

The Lions missed the front end of four one-and-one opportunities and were 4 for 14 total from the free-throw line. Coach Brad Gunter Jr. said his team missed put-backs and open shots. The Lions also missed defensive assignments throughout the game.

“We had matchup advantages all over the floor and just could not get it done,” Gunter said. “If we were going to lose a game, this might have come at the best time. Wednesday’s practice was the best practice we have had all year.”

Jason Gish and Jesse Peters scored 13 points each for Valley Christian. Kris Kobzeff scored nine points, and Micky DeFiebre and Joey Parker scored eight apiece.

Valley Christian is host to Woodland Christian at 7:30 p.m. tonight in its final tuneup before Sacramento Metro Athletic League play begins Friday, Jan. 7, at home against Sacramento Country Day.

The Lions will enter that game ranked No. 6 in Division V in Northern California by norcalpreps.com.

Varsity girls
Roseville wins consolation final
– The Tigers edged Benicia 41-40 on Wednesday in the consolation final of the Dixon Tournament. Lolly Fitzpatrick and Kayla Granucci each scored nine points, Allison Campbell eight and Ada Ukeagbo seven as Roseville (5-10) registered its second win in a row. Campbell also had six of Roseville’s 13 steals, Granucci grabbed five rebounds, and Ukeagbo blocked two shots.

Roseville opened with a 40-37 loss to Wood of Vacaville and followed with a 47-27 blowout of Cordova on Tuesday. Ukeagbo had 11 points and six rebounds against Wood and 10 points (on 5-of-9 shooting), five rebounds and three of Roseville’s nine blocks against Cordova. Fitzpatrick had 10 points and six rebounds against Wood, and she scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting against Cordova. Amanda Susbilla had eight points and six of Roseville’s 15 steals against Cordova.

Consolation final for Woodcreek – The Timberwolves played in the consolation final Thursday after losing to Chula Vista-Olympian 51-50 in the first round and beating San Francisco-Galileo 60-34 on Wednesday in the Leo LaRocca Sand Dune Classic in San Francisco.

Fia Hoskinson totaled 23 points in two games and Jolene Chanco 21 for Woodcreek. Destiny Standifer had two big games, including 10 points against Olympian, and Kayla Gardner scored 10 against Galileo. Jordan Bostic scored seven points in the fourth period against Galileo.

Woodcreek (8-5) led Olympian by two with 50 seconds remaining, but an Olympian player made a basket, drew a foul and hit the deciding free throw. The Timberwolves had a shot rim out with about 14 seconds left.

Oakmont 55, Fortuna 42 – Shelby Kelch scored a game-high 20 points as the Vikings (9-4) won the seventh-place game in the Jade Division of the West Coast Jamboree in Martinez. Olivia Francis scored 12 points and Sabrina Ali 10 for Oakmont.

JV boys
Granite Bay will play for title
– Granite Bay on Wednesday recorded its second romp in a row to advance to tonight’s championship in the Mesa Verde tournament.

The Grizzlies pounded Lodi 62-37 in the semifinals one day after routing Valley 79-41. Granite Bay will play El Camino at 8 p.m. tonight.