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Woodcreek survives poor shooting, wins in overtime

By: Staff Report
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A 13-0 deficit from the opening tip put the Woodcreek High girls basketball team in a big hole Friday night, but the Timberwolves managed to fight their way through. A 49-47 overtime win over Pleasant Valley of Chico earned Woodcreek a spot in the championship game at the Lady Eagles Invitational at Del Oro. That title tilt will give the Timberwolves an early non-league look at perennial Sierra Foothill League frontrunner Del Oro. After falling behind, the Timberwolves managed to post eight points to close out the first period to get within five points after one quarter, but it was not until they outscored Pleasant Valley 14-5 in the fourth that Woodcreek caught up. That final surge forced overtime, when a pair of Jennifer Judge free throws finished off Pleasant Valley with just five seconds remaining. Woodcreek shot the ball poorly most of the night, as it was down by as many as 15 points in the first half and trailed 27-16 at the break. Fia Hoskinson came off the bench and hit 2-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc for 10 critical points. Judge took over the game late, delivering the big plays down the stretch to seal the victory. The senior forward hit 7-of-9 free throws in the contest and grabbed 16 rebounds to go with a 22-point night. Cara Jones added eight points to the Woodcreek effort and Theresa Barrow was solid at the defensive end for the Timberwolves.