Granite Oaks eighth-grade girls run away from Eich

By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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Led by a 16-point, eight-rebound performance from Lydia Summers, the Granite Oaks Middle School eighth-grade basketball team ran over W.T. Eich of Roseville 44-17 Thursday in Eich’s gym. Summers took control for the game with eight in the opening stanza as the Falcons took a 17-6 first-quarter lead. Eich managed to keep the game interesting through intermission, with Michelle Lawrence turning in some athletic play in the paint while grabbing 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, but her team was not able to find the basket after the break. Granite Oaks turned up the pressure defense in the second 14-minute session, and it outscored Eich 20-4 after the squads returned the court. Summers scored her other eight points all in the third period as the Wildcats struggled for answers against her defensively. Jessica Miller scored seven of her nine points in the second period for Granite Oaks, and Taylor Clark also tallied nine points in the contest. Granite Oaks (1-1) hosts Antelope Crossing in its next game next Tuesday. In the seventh-grade game, Granite Oaks was stunned late by a pair of 3-pointers by Eich’s Emilee Gavia as the Wildcats captured an exciting 38-35 win. Behind a balanced scoring attack, led by Rachel Agarpo, Kelsey Woodell and Bykema Mobley, Granite Oaks forced turnovers to create scoring opportunities as it bounced back from an early 7-2 deficit to lead by four, 27-23, after three quarters, but Eich scored 15 points in the final seven minutes to capture the win. Gavia drained a long-range 3-pointer at the one-minute mark to tie the game at 35-35, and then turned a Wildcat offensive rebound into the game-winning trey with just 12 seconds left on the clock. The two shots capped a 16-point performance for Gavia, who also nabbed six steals to lead Eich in that category.