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PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

Rio Americano hands Whitney second league loss

Turnovers play big role
By: Joshua Gutierrez/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Rio Americano (3-0) solidified its standing in the Capital Athletic League, defeating the Whitney varsity girls basketball team 61-34 last Thursday.

Two days after ending a five-game losing streak with a 59-41 win over Mira Loma, the Wildcats had no such luck in defending their home court against the Raiders.

Coming into the game, Whitney head coach Andy Carter stressed the importance of guarding Daizy Wilson. Wilson’s double-digit scoring average the past 10 games helped the Raiders compile an eight-game win streak.

The Wildcats’ defense forced the junior guard to go left and slowed her attack. But early Whitney turnovers gave Wilson additional attempts to score 10 by the half.

With attention on Wilson, the Raiders’ Elizabeth Moulton drained three shots beyond the arc in the second period alone.

“We lost their shooter (Moulton) a couple of times,” said Carter. “She takes a lot of attempts and usually makes a couple.”

Whitney’s Molly McConnell led a surge in the third period with an assist to Molly Miles and a 3-pointer for Alana Scott.    With the period drawing down, McConnell put up two field goals to finish the night with a team-leading nine points.

On a night where the Wildcats shot 25 percent from the floor, Scott and Sara Rosales shot back-to-back 3-pointers in the final possessions of the game, a bright ending to an otherwise tough defeat.

“I think there was a lot of positives to take out of tonight’s game,” said Carter. “Our biggest issue is consistency. We’re not consistently making the big plays and that leads to the kind of score we had tonight.”

Though the Wildcats opened their home stand with a loss, they have four more to improve their 1-2 CAL record.

With upcoming games against Antelope (2-1) and El Camino (2-1), the Wildcats hope to build momentum and topple the Raiders at Rio Americano Feb. 6.

BOYS

In a non-league contest, the Whitney boys basketball team defeated Center 54-47 Saturday.

The visiting Wildcats outscored the Cougars in every quarter except the last when Center went on a 24-14 run.

RIO AMERICANO 61, WHITNEY 34

Raiders           13        23        16        9 – 61

Wildcats         2          8          11        13 – 34

 

TEAM STATISTICS

Rio Americano – 22-75, 11-15,  61, 3Pt 5-14. Whitney – 13-48, 5-15, 34, 3Pt 3-11.

Turnovers – Raiders 6, Whitney 28.

 

TEAM LEADERS

Whitney – McConnell 4-10, 1-2, 9, 3Pt 0-1, Scott 2-10, 0-0, 8, 3Pt 1-6, Meyer 2-8, 3-8, 7.

 

HOME SCHEDULE

Jan. 24 – Cordova, 7:30 pm

Jan. 30 – Antelope, 7:30 pm

Feb. 1 – Mira Loma, 7:30 pm