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High school girls basketball

Woodcreek comes up one short against Rocklin

Oakmont rolls in CVC; Valley Christian clinches SMAL title
By: Robbie Enos
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ROSEVILLE — Things are getting tight in the Sierra Foothill League as the girls basketball season winds down, and there was no better representation than Woodcreek’s 40-39 loss to Rocklin on Tuesday night.

Woodcreek (12-13 overall, 4-4 SFL) trailed by three with less than 30 seconds to go and had possession. The fighting Timberwolves grabbed two offensive rebounds on missed three-pointers, and in a final Hail Mary attempt, Shannon Cunningham threw up a miss and absorbed a foul. Woodcreek’s hopes of winning were squashed with a miss on the first attempt before Cunningham nailed the next two.

Cunningham and Samantha Turner scored 10 points each for Woodcreek, which lost to Rocklin 46-37 in their first meeting but showcased an improved game the second time around.

“We just maximized our possessions,” coach Raymond Beck said. “Part of it was that we just handled the ball better, got ourselves some looks and attacked.”

After a slow start, the Timberwolves kept pace with Rocklin (17-8, 5-3) the rest of the way. Woodcreek took its first lead in the third quarter on layups by Samantha Turner, created by the cunning passes of Aliya Davis.

But Rocklin answered immediately with three-pointers from Jordan Purvis and Lydia Summers.

“Summers killed us with her rebounding,” Beck said of the senior, who had 15 points and 13 rebounds. “She had two rebounds on missed free throws, and that’s just inexcusable. She made great plays.”

An Ashley Breshears layup made it a two-point game with a little less than five minutes left. Cunningham hit two free throws at the 2:50 mark to narrow Woodcreek’s deficit to 38-37.

With 58.2 seconds left, Summers made a key play, grabbing an offensive rebound and getting fouled while going back up. She made two free throws to make it a three-point game.

A shot at the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs is in the hands of Woodcreek, which plays huge games at Granite Bay on Thursday and at Del Oro on Tuesday.

“Granite Bay is a talented team that can play with anyone, so we have to come out and compete,” Beck said. “That’s all that matters right now.”

Nevada Union 86, Granite Bay 32 — The Grizzlies (11-14, 2-6) trailed the league-leading Miners (19-4, 7-1) 54-19 at halftime. Gia France and Jennifer Manduca scored 10 points each for Granite Bay. Daeja Black had five assists, and Katrina Reeves had four steals.

Del Oro 52, Roseville 26 — Junior Lindsay Anderson led the Tigers (3-21, 0-8) with 13 points and 10 rebounds in their loss to the second-place Golden Eagles (16-9, 6-2).

Oakmont 63, Casa Roble 40 — Brittany Martin scored 17 points, and the Vikings (18-7, 4-4 Capital Valley Conference) used a 35-15 run in the middle two periods to pull away from the Rams (0-25, 0-8). Kelsey Caudill and Olivia Francis scored 10 points each for Oakmont, and Sydney Sattelberg scored nine.

Valley Christian Academy 71, Elk Grove-Lutheran 39 — Sophomores Jenny Frank and Lily Hagerty scored 23 and 16 points as the Lady Lions (12-9, 10-0 Sacramento Metro Athletic League) clinched the SMAL title. Junior Grace Magni scored 14 points.