Woodcreek pulls away from Roseville in SFL opener

By: Robbie Enos/Roseville Press Tribune Correspondent
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Woodcreek High School pulled away in the fourth quarter to defeat host Roseville 43-26 in a Sierra Foothill League girls basketball opener Friday night at Moeller Gym.

The Timberwolves’ 16-point outburst in the fourth period ran through forward Destiny Standifer, who dealt three assists to different teammates. Standifer, Fia Hoskinson and Samantha Gonzalez each scored nine points to lead the Timberwolves. Gonzalez made three three-pointers.

“We rushed offensively in the first half,” Woodcreek coach Raymond Beck said. “We were playing so hard defensively that we couldn’t change gears and execute on offense. But in the second half, we calmed down. We switched to a four-corner look and got some easy ones that way, and once they switched back into man, we were much calmer.”

What really caught Beck’s eye was Woodcreek’s defense. The Timberwolves (12-6) were dominant in the first quarter, allowing only three points. They gave up double digits only in the second quarter.

“I was most pleased with the defensive intensity – just communication defensively,” Beck said. “We didn’t give up a lot of easy ones. I was very proud of that. We have gotten progressively better. It’s going to be a big key for us.”

Interior play was another strength for Woodcreek. Joleen Chanco had eight points and nine rebounds with her aggressive play inside, and Woodcreek outrebounded the Tigers 34-18. Standifer also grabbed nine rebounds.

Roseville suffered a big loss when second-leading scorer Kayla Granucci injured a shoulder on a collision in the post. She returned in the fourth period but was limited to four points.

Tigers coach Ron Volk felt Roseville’s record (4-13) misrepresents the team’s talent.

“We need to improve our concentration,” Volk said. “We need to focus for four quarters instead of two at a time. They’re working very hard. We are a much better team than our record shows. We just can’t keep the consistency up.”
Lolly Fitzpatrick led Roseville with nine points, Jamie Nurenberg grabbed six rebounds, and Allison Campbell had five steals.