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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Christian Brothers hand Rocklin girls second loss 74-54

Thunder playing in spurts
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald
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The Rocklin High varsity girls basketball team came out on the short end of Tuesday night’s non-league game against visiting Christian Brothers 74-54.

The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a 15-0 run sparked by Ariana Hilden offensive burst going 3-for-4 from the floor. Unfortunately for Rocklin fans, the Falcons came into the final period with a 30-point advantage.

The Rocklin coaching staff challenged their players to play with pride and finish on a strong note. In return, the Thunder responded by outscoring the Falcons by 10 points to close out the game.

The girls in blue went 9-for-15 from the floor in the final period, compared to 9-for-30 in the previous three quarters combined.

Early in the second quarter, the Thunder got within two points of tying the game before the Falcons used a 15-7 run to take a 10-point lead at halftime.

At the half, Christian Brothers head coach Ron Gully spoke on his team’s behalf, praising his team’s effort as opposed to making any change to the game plan.

After intermission, the Falcons continued to pour on the points led by Kira McKechnie’s 14-point quarter. The sophomore guard only attempted four shots before the third quarter and finished the night with 18.

Rocklin did little to answer the challenge committing double-digit turnovers and shooting 3-for-9 from the floor. The Falcons shot 13-for-22 from the floor.

After the game, Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro referred to the game as a, “tale of a couple different games.” Ferraro said the spurts of energy his team showed at times he hoped would become common for an entire 32 minutes in the future.

Ferraro cited as an example, a late-game effort on the part of a Christian Brothers’ player who dove for a loose ball in spite the large lead her team already had.

“That’s a great job of playing from the opening tip to the final whistle,” said Ferraro. “For us to get to that next level, we got to match that intensity. We did that in spurts, but we weren’t able to sustain it.”

Team captain Lydia Summers, who led the Thunder with 17 points, echoed her coach’s sentiments.

“We weren’t doing the small things,” she said. “We matched up well but they got the win.”

The Thunder was scheduled to go on the road to play Bella Vista Monday. The Broncos defeated Roseville 66-47 Tuesday. Rocklin’s coaches planned to stress mental toughness and technique in practice.

“The other team is going to make some runs, we talked about that in pregame,” said Ferraro. “If we’re mentally stronger, the other things will happen.”

Christian Brothers 74, Rocklin 54

Falcons           10        22        29        13 – 74

Thunder         9          13        9          23 – 54

 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Rocklin – Lydia Summers 4-2, 8-13 17, Shannon Garvella 3-6, 1-3, 8, Kaitlyn Soloman 2-3, 3-4, 7, Ariana Hildan 3-5,0-2, 5, Kelsey Summers 2-3, 1-2 5, Arin Muhic 1-1, 1-3, 3, Jade Casey 1-2, 0-2, 2, Tori Adame 1-1, 0-0, 2, Micaela Martinez 1-2, 0-1, 2, Jordan Purvis 0-6, 2-3, 2, Sabrina Ferraro 0-0, 1-2, 1.

 

Christian Brothers – 32-71, 4-9, 6-19.

Rocklin – 18-43, 17-35, 3Pt 2-9.