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Basketball preview

Rocklin High School
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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Boys Basketball After a tough preseason the Rocklin High School varsity boys basketball team looks to get back on track. This week, the Thunder (0-1 Sierra Foothill League, 3-16 overall) has two winnable games at home against Woodcreek (0-1 SFL, 6-12 overall) on Jan. 19 and at Granite Bay (1-0 SFL, 9-10 overall) on Jan. 24. “I think we could see some really good things in league,” said Rocklin head coach for boys basketball, Mike Lorente, now in his second year at the Thunder helm. “We’re not that far away from turning the corner.” If Rocklin is going to defeat Woodcreek then junior guard Devin Moss must have a good game. Defensively, junior forward Hayden Cook is averaging 2.6 rebounds per game. He has 26 overall this season. He must use some muscle to get more rebounds and give the Thunder needed second-chance points. Rocklin has a tougher opponent in Granite Bay on Jan. 24. Junior forwards Drew Ardissone (8.0 PPG) and Hayden Cook (6.3 PPG) have to give Moss a break by scoring some extra baskets. Sophomore guard Nate Versoza is going to have to step up his game and be the general on the court for the Thunder. He only has six assists this season. “One step at a time; we still have the big picture in mind to make it to the playoffs,” Lorente said. “It’s my job to keep it in perspective and keep the morale high. We’re still in the process of rebuilding.” Rocklin has some tough games ahead but if the Thunder can steal a win here and there then they could get their season back on track. Girls Basketball The Rocklin High School varsity girls basketball team might have a tough week with two road games in five days. The Thunder (0-1 SFL, 9-9 overall) first plays at Nevada Union (1-0 SFL, 7-9 overall) on Jan. 20. Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro has a one-two punch of senior guard Joie Camalo (12.9 PPG) and junior guard Lydia Summers (9.8 PPG). Summers (4.3 RPG), junior Jaimie Curtis (4.8 RPG) and freshman Kaitlyn Solomon (4.7 RPG) must have a big game defensively. The three of them are going to have their hands full against the Miners. Rocklin must stop sophomore guard Sydney Porter (12.4 PPG), Lindsey DeMatteis (10.2 PPG) and junior guard Nicole Lierly (10.1 PPG) if the Thunder is going to win. Rocklin ends the week on Jan. 25 at Granite Bay (0-1 SFL, 5-12 overall). It should be a winnable game for the Thunder but that is why they do not play the game on paper. Rocklin must stop senior Samantha Huhtala (6.7 PPG), Jennifer Manduca (8.3 PPG) if the Thunder is going to win. This week could decide if Rocklin is going to be a contender or pretender in the SFL this season. Additional reporting by Jim Linsdau, Placer Herald Sports Editor