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Woodcreek wins, Roseville falls in opening round of Whitney girls tournament

By: Bill Poindexter
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Ron Volk is coaching a young, inexperienced girls basketball team at Roseville High School, but it’s a team that also has talent.

The Tigers opened the Whitney Winter Invitational on Thursday night with a 43-40 loss to the host Wildcats in a game that showcased their sharp points and frayed ends.

Roseville made several crisp passes in succession at various points throughout the game and took a 38-36 lead on two free throws by senior center Jamie Nurenberg with 3:47 remaining. Five players had at least one assist, and Roseville forced 33 turnovers.

But the Tigers also committed 32 turnovers and shot 13 for 43 from the field and 13 for 26 from the free throw line. It was a late string of turnovers that allowed Whitney to take the lead for good.

“Like I just told them, ‘If you keep doing the same things, you’re going to get the same results,’” he said. “We told them it wasn’t that the passes were bad, they were lazy. You got a quick team, you have to ball fake to make them jump the passing lane, or you have to make the pass crisp, and we laid too many out there floating-wise.”

Junior Lolly Fitzpatrick led the Tigers with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Nurenberg also had eight rebounds for Roseville, which will play at either 1 p.m. or 2:30 today, depending on the outcome of its game against Placer on Friday.

Woodcreek 47, El Dorado 38 – Fia Hoskinson scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter, as the Timberwolves used an 18-6 run to advance to the semifinals. Woodcreek will either play for the championship at 5:45 p.m. today or for third place at 4:15. Kayla Gardner scored 11 points for the Timberwolves.

 

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

Seventh place, 1 p.m.; fifth place, 2:30; third place, 4:15; championship, 5:45.