Granite Bay girls back on track against Rocklin

By: Staff Report
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The Granite Bay High girls basketball team had to withstand a hot-shooting first quarter by the Rocklin Thunder to win 47-38 Friday night in the second round of the Oak Ridge Shootout. Rocklin scored 15 points in the first quarter, including eight from senior Tori Johnson, but were held to just six in the second by a stingy Grizzly defense. Johnson finished with 15 points on the night to lead all scorers. "Rocklin came out with a ton of intensity early, and Tori was unguardable in the first,” said Granite Bay coach Melissa Triebwasser. “But we settled down defensively and got some big buckets from Sarah (Sciascia) heading into the half. Sciascia led the Grizzlies with 11 points, but left the game in the third quarter with an elbow injury and did not return. After outscoring Rocklin 13-6 in the second stanza, Granite Bay took a three-point lead into the break. They continued to expand the lead in the third, connecting for 16 points, led by junior Laura Preston, who scored seven of her nine points in the period. Rocklin got back into striking distance, but Granite Bay was able to hold on late for the victory, despite being outscored 8-7 in the final quarter. "I was really proud of the girls,” Triebwasser said. “Sarah scored nine of our 13 points in the second, and then was hurt in the third, but the young kids really stepped up in her absence. We were able to expand our lead with her on the bench with excellent team defense and Laura's timely scoring. Libby (Jelinek) was an absolute monster on the boards for us as well, and helped us keep our composure down the stretch. Jelinek, a senior, had 13 rebounds, a block and a steal to go along with her eight points. Sciascia pulled down 10 boards and had five steals in basically a half of work, and junior point guard Shelbi Tooley added eight points and five rebounds as well for the Grizzlies. Granite Bay will play the winner of the Burbank/Nevada Union game in the consolation championship Saturday at 1 p.m. They will next travel to Stockton to play in the Lincoln Holiday Tournament next weekend. Notes: Sciascia went down pretty hard on her right elbow in the third and was unlikely to play in Saturday’s game.