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Rocklin High Thunder
By: Andrew Hazard Placer Herald Sports Correspondent
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BOYS BASKETBALL The Rocklin High School varsity boys basketball team’s difficult season is coming down the final stretch. The Thunder (1-5 Sierra Foothill League, 4-19 overall) has one game this upcoming week. Rocklin hosts Granite Bay (4-2 SFL, 12-11 overall) on Feb. 15. The Thunder is currently averaging 40.7 points per game. Junior guard Devin Moss (10.9 points per game) is the team’s leading scorer. Moss must have a great game if Rocklin is going to pull off the win. Rocklin lost by nine points in their first meeting in the Grizzly’s den. The Thunder might be struggling, but they can still end the season strong. GIRLS BASKETBALL After finishing last week with a couple of wins and a loss, the Rocklin High School varsity girls basketball team hopes to keep its winning ways going. The Thunder (3-3 Sierra Foothill League, 12-11 overall) will host league-leading Nevada Union (6-0 SFL, 12-10 overall) tonight. Nevada Union is currently on a five-game winning streak and sits atop the SFL. Senior guard Joie Camalo (13.1 ppg, 3.8 rebounds pg and 3.4 steals pg) must have a big game if Rocklin is going to pull off the upset. That could factor big if the Thunder hope to make the playoffs. Defensively, junior guard Lydia Summers has had a great year (5.3 rpg, 2.5 spg). Rocklin must stop sophomore guard Sydney Porter (14.2 ppg) if the Thunder is going to win. Granite Bay _ The Thunder finishes off its home schedule against the Grizzlies (0-6 SFL, 5-16 overall) on Feb. 14. Rocklin could end the regular season home schedule with a big victory. Granite Bay does have a nice combination of sophomore point guard Jennifer Manduca (14.3 ppg) and junior Katrina Reeves (9.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg). The Thunder must stop them to get the win. Rocklin might not make it to the postseason, but the Thunder can end the season on a positive note. The girls-in-blue are rated 18th in the Sac-Joaquin Section Power Ratings and would have to move up two notches to make the playoffs.