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Woodcreek girls fourth in Oak Ridge tourney

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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EL DORADO HILLS — In a frustrating loss with many missed opportunities, Woodcreek High School’s girls basketball team fell to El Camino 46-41 on Friday in the third-place game of the Lady Trojan Toss-Up Tournament at Oak Ridge.

Woodcreek (9-5) led in several categories — three-point field goals, rebounds, steals and assists — but missed many easy buckets down low and failed to capitalize on its advantages.

“We just missed layups,” Timberwolves coach Raymond Beck said. “If we don’t miss layups, we win that game.”

El Camino (10-2) rode a powerful full-court press to a 10-1 run to start the game. But after a quick time out, the Timberwolves came back and made it a one-point game at halftime.

“We just started running our press break, and we were good to go there,” Beck said. “Once we settled down and were a little more assertive in that aspect, we were fine. We also got ourselves in line for what we were doing against their zone.”

With all-tournament selection Fia Hoskinson connecting with Destiny Standifer on some pretty passes, Woodcreek took a 37-36 lead with 5:25 remaining in the game. Standifer and Hoskinson scored eight points each.

But towering El Camino center Simone Sheppard took over, hitting several key layups in the post and knocking down her free throws to give El Camino a comfortable lead with two minutes to play. Sheppard scored a game-high 14 points.

Alexis Haffner put the game out of reach with a layup in the final seconds. She also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Courtney Brignac of El Camino scored 13 points and made the all-tournament team.

Samantha Gonzalez led Woodcreek with 12 points. Standifer and Liz Gehweiler each grabbed seven rebounds, and Gehweiler led the field with six assists.

Beck hopes the Timberwolves can clean up their play before Sierra Foothill League games begin in January.

“We need to work on the efficiency in our offense,” he said. “We got put on our heels (Friday night), and we can’t let that happen.”

Santa Cruz-Soquel 63, Oakmont 39 — The Vikings (6-5) overcame a slow start with a solid second quarter, but Soquel pulled away in the second half to win the first-round game in the 14th annual Seaside Sweet 16 Holiday Tournament.

Sophomore Sydney Sattelberg led Oakmont with 14 points, and Emilee Gavia scored 10.

EL CAMINO 46, WOODCREEK 41

El Camino (46)
Brignac 6 0-0 13, Haffner 3 2-4 8, Price 2 1-4 6, Sowell-Hundon 0 0-0 0, Sheppard 4 6-8 14, Bernardo 1 0-0 3, Reyes 1 0-0 2, Hatcher 0 0-0 0, Hawthorne 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 9-16 46.

Woodcreek (41)
Standifer 4 0-0 8, Hoskinson 2 3-4 8, Gonzalez 3 4-4 12, Gehweiler 1 0-0 2, Mandich 1 0-0 2, Gardner 2 0-0 4, Henry 1 0-0 3, Bell 1 0-0 2, Cho 0 0-0 0, Teeter 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-8 41.

El Camino     16    6   12   12 — 46
Woodcreek    9   12   10   10 — 41

Three-point goals — El Camino 3 (Price, Brignac, Bernardo), Woodcreek 4 (Gonzalez 2, Hoskinson, Henry). Rebounds — El Camino 29 (Haffner 9, Sheppard 6, Brignac 6, Hatcher 4, Sowell-Hundon 3, Hawthorne), Woodcreek 33 (Standifer 7, Gehweiler 7, Hoskinson 5, Mandich 5, Gonzalez 3, Gardner 3, Cho 2, Teeter). Assists — El Camino 4 (Price, Brignac, Sowell-Hundon, Hawthorne), Woodcreek 14 (Gehweiler 6, Hoskinson 3, Gonzalez, Standifer, Cho, Mandich, Teeter). Steals — El Camino 9 (Price 3, Sheppard 2, Sowell-Hundon 2, Brignac, Bernardo), Woodcreek 11 (Hoskinson 5, Gonzalez, Henry, Standifer, Cho, Mandich, Teeter).