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Woodcreek girls likely will hit the road in first round

By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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ROCKLIN – Woodcreek High School doesn’t know who it will play next week in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II girls basketball playoffs. Nor do the Timberwolves know where they’ll play.

But they’re pretty sure now of where they won’t play: at home.

Seeded fifth in the section power rankings when the week began, the Timberwolves lost to Sierra Foothill League champion Del Oro 56-32 on Tuesday night and finished the regular season with a 41-34 setback at Rocklin on Thursday night. In winning its last two league games, the 10th-seeded Thunder (17-10, 7-3 SFL) finished in sole possession of second place in the SFL and likely earned a home game in the first round.

“That would have been our third year in a row hosting a playoff game in the first round,” Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said. “That was a goal we had. You want that for your program. Like I told the girls afterward, that should sting. That should be a little frustrating. But Rocklin came out and took care of business, so they deserve it.”

The Timberwolves (17-10, 6-4) shot 13 for 57 overall from the field and 6 for 14 from the free-throw line. A 1-for-10 second quarter helped put them in a 24-11 hole.

Trailing 32-19, Woodcreek scored the last five points of the third period and capped a 12-2 run when Fia Hoskinson made a three-pointer to close the deficit to 34-31 with 5:11 remaining in the game. The Timberwolves missed two shots and grabbed two offensive rebounds, including a save by Joleen Chanco to keep the ball from going out of bounds, before Hoskinson’s bucket.

“We went with a small lineup I haven’t gone with all year, and that’s what got us back in the game,” Beck said.

But Rocklin sophomore Lydia Summers scored six of the next seven points to help the Thunder rebuild its lead to 41-31 with 2:27 left.

“We didn’t finish, and we didn’t hit free throws,” Beck said.

Chanco led Woodcreek with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Destiny Standifer also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Contact Bill Poindexter at billp@goldcountrymedia.com.