Woodcreek girls get hot, hammer Granite Bay

By: Robbie Enos
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Woodcreek High School’s girls basketball team pulled back to a .500 record in Sierra Foothill League play thanks to a great offensive performance against Granite Bay on Wednesday night.

Point guard Aliya Davis orchestrated the Timberwolves’ 57-38 victory with nine assists, and Mackenzie Kohler scored 16 points.

“The ball started to move a little bit,” Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said. “When we move the ball around from one side to the other, we’re going to make some good attacking moves to the basket.”

Kohler was the difference maker at the start of the third quarter, when she hit three consecutive three-pointers to give Woodcreek (10-11 overall, 2-2 SFL) a 14-point lead.

“When she knocks down shots, we’re really good,” Beck said of Kohler. “It opens up the inside game.”

The Timberwolves didn’t surrender the lead again, anchored by a 17-point final period.

“We were down by five at half,” Granite Bay coach Angel Delgadillo said. “When they hit three three-pointers in a row, that really decided the game right there. They got hot and beat us on the outside shot.”

The score was tied after one quarter, but the Grizzlies (10-11, 1-3) went cold and never recovered. They hit just three three-pointers despite working inside-out most of the night. Key sophomore Annie Wright had early foul trouble and played reduced minutes.

“We need to stay out of foul trouble,” Delgadillo said. “We need to put the ball in the bucket. We had a very poor shooting percentage. Some of it was good defense, but others we’re uncontested, and we just weren’t making shots.”

Davis also scored 10 points for Woodcreek. She had good chemistry with post player Ashley Breshears, who notched 12 points, thanks to crisp bounce passes, and grabbed eight rebounds.

“We just need to talk and communicate,” Beck said. “That really helps.”

Jennifer Manduca led Granite Bay with 15 points.

Woodcreek also won the JV game 57-25.

Rocklin 69, Roseville 50 — The Tigers (3-17, 0-4) trailed 25-8 after the first quarter and couldn’t come back against the Thunder (14-7, 2-2). Junior Lindsay Anderson led Roseville with 27 points (on 13-of-26 shooting) and 20 rebounds, and junior Summer Muir scored 10 points. Senior Marrisa Dumford had five points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots, and junior Natalia Espino had seven assists.

Del Oro 58, Nevada Union 53 — The host Golden Eagles (14-7, 4-0) led 37-27 at halftime and held on in the fourth quarter to beat the Miners (15-4, 3-1) and take sole possession of first place in the SFL. Stephanie Geyer led Del Oro with 25 points.