McNair ends Rocklin’s playoff efforts in round two
STOCKTON _ The Rocklin girls basketball team’s run in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Playoffs came to an end last week 59-49 against McNair.
The No. 2 seeded Eagles got off to a fast start and were able to hold off the No. 7 Thunder for the 10-point victory. Rocklin outscored McNair 42-35 in the last three quarters but couldn’t make up the 17-point deficit it suffered in the first period.
“They were a very athletic and aggressive team,” said Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro of McNair, “and they took it to us from the beginning.”
The Eagles’ defensive pressure forced the Thunder into a number of turnovers giving the host club a distinct advantage. McNair’s aggressive play also led to a lot of fouls where Rocklin was able to make up considerable ground.
Senior Lydia Summers and sophomore Kelsey Summers led the Thunder with 14 points apiece. Lydia Summers also had 12 rebounds, Shannon Garvella seven and Jaimie Curtis and Kaitlyn Solomon each had five.
“We really looked to senior leadership,” Ferraro said of his team’s lack of experience at the beginning of the year. “Lydia (Summers), Shannon (Garvella) really stepped up. Jaimie (Curtis) played phenomenal.”
Ferraro said he looks for good things next year from juniors Ariana Hildan, Rachel Agarpo and Arin Muhic.
ROCKLIN 59, DEL CAMPO 40
In the opening round of the playoffs, Rocklin played up to their seeding defeating No.10 Del Campo 59-40 in round one.
With each team boasting similar 7-3 records and a second-place finish in their respective leagues, Rocklin separated their similarities with a 50-percent shooting performance against Del Campo’s 23 percent.
Lydia Summers led the Thunder with 16 points, which included an eight-point final period.
Jordan Purvis anchored Rocklin’s offense in the first half, connecting on a trio of treys to help expand the Thunder’s lead. The freshman guard was second on the team with 15 points.
“When shooters get on their hot streak,” said Purvis. “Everything seems to flow, and that’s what seemed to happen tonight.”
After trailing at the end of the first period, Rocklin’s offense came alive, shooting 9-11 from the field.
Purvis scored eight points in the second, including a lead-changing trey to open the period. Lydia Summers, Curtis, Hilden, and Garvella each contributed a field goal to outscore the Cougars 20-10 heading into the half.
Kelsey Summers scored six of her seven points in the third period driving into the paint.
Del Campo tried to get back into the game with 22 shots from beyond the arc. But with the Thunder’s continued defensive pressure, the Cougars only hit on two.
“When we came out to start the game, I think we were a bit tentative,” said Ferraro. “In the second quarter we knocked down some shots and picked up the intensity, and we rode that til’ the end.”
MCNAIR 59, ROCKLIN 49
Thunder 7 10 12 20 – 49
Eagles 24 10 9 16 – 59
_Additional reporting by Placer Herald Sports Editor Jim Linsdau