Wolves finish strong and look strong

Big senior night win
By: Alex Stewart for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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On senior night, the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy girls basketball team continued their dominant play by routing the John Adams Academy Patriots 63-11 last week.

The win improved Western Sierra to a perfect 12-0 in league, in addition to being crowned Northern Pacific Athletic league champions for the fourth year in a row.

With such success, the Wolves have already had a magical year, however, they wanted to make sure that their two graduating seniors, Marissa Garcia and Karisia Cicero, would have a night to remember, as they played their final regular season home game.

“I just wanted us to do well,” Cicero said. “I wanted us to have a good game. I was just excited.”

Garcia echoed that same sentiment.

“I wanted to go out there and finish our senior season with a win and I was really excited for us to do that,” Garcia said.

Although it would not be their last home game, emotions ran high not knowing they would get home-court advantage to open the playoffs. Cicero and Garcia were able to take that emotional energy on the court, as they combined for 18 of Western Sierra’s 63 points.

It wasn’t just the seniors who played big for the Wolves on Tuesday; they had several younger players step up in a big way to make sure the graduating girls went out with a win.

Junior point guard Brenna Mellish led all scorers with 21 points. Not far behind was sophomore shooting guard Lizzie Souza, who totaled 13 on the evening.

Head coach Jason Treanor attributes this kind of selfless play and desire to see their teammates excel as a big reason for the team’s success.

“The girls are really tight knit,” Treanor said. “They love their seniors and they wanted to see their seniors do really well and so they wanted to play hard for them.”

Treanor knows that the Wolves are going to need to keep that style of hard, selfless play if Western Sierra is going to make an impact in the playoffs.

“We are going to have to play really well as a team,” said Treanor. “Defense is going to be huge. We are going to have to relax under pressure, because high school sports are about who can handle the pressure and who can’t.”

The Wolves will try to handle that pressure in the postseason and send their beloved seniors off with the first girls basketball section championship banner in school history.