Woodcreek’s 14 three-pointers overcome Casa Roble’s 6-9 centerBy: Garrett Johnston
Woodcreek High School survived an inside attack from 6-foot-9 center Eric Stuteville to defeat visiting Casa Roble 79-72 in a Foundation Game on Monday night.
Stuteville torched the Timberwolves’ lack of inside size for 20 points in the first half and a game-high 33 overall.
Woodcreek used its impressive three-point shooting and an 11-0 run to turn a 33-23 deficit into a 39-37 halftime lead.
Tyler Milani and Nick Howe led the Timberwolves with 23 points apiece. It was their ability to hit from long distance that helped Woodcreek prevail.
“They moved the basketball, and it was difficult to cover them,” Casa Roble head coach Bel Lange said. “I’ll give them credit; they did it as a team.”
The Timberwolves made 14 three-pointers, but coach Paul Hayes acknowledged his team can’t rely on that type of performance over the long run.
“You need to be able to win games when you’re not shooting the three well,” Hayes said. “We’re still learning and growing.”
The learning continues Tuesday night at Las Plumas.
Woodcreek 54, Casa Roble 24 — The Lady Timberwolves stormed ahead 18-5 after the first quarter and led 35-13 at the half.
Junior Blaire Smith led Woodcreek with 13 points on grit and determination.
“She just hustles,” coach Raymond Beck said. “She competes, which shows once you’re in a game situation.”
Samantha Turner scored 10 points for Woodcreek.
“We’re one of those teams that can be very good or very average,” Beck said. “It’s on how we pick it up on defense and play with a purpose.”