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Rocklin builds steam with wins over Roseville, Woodcreek

Seniors lead club into playoffs
By: Staff Report
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Although the Rocklin girls basketball team couldn’t claim a piece of the Sierra Foothill League crown with a win in their final home game Tuesday, the Thunder are poised to make a strong run in the Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs with victories over Roseville and Woodcreek last week.

The girls in blue posted a convincing win over the Tigers on the Bengals’ home court 73-48. Senior Lydia Summers led her club with 22 points and fellow senior Jaimie Curtis tallied 16. In typical Rocklin fashion, 12 Thunder players scored in the contest.

Rocklin seems not to be suffering from the rigors of a late-season letdown. With 18 wins in 26 games behind them, the Thunder may be starting to peak.

Rocklin girls basketball head coach Rob Ferraro said his seniors, Summers, Curtis and Shannon Garvella aren’t yet ready to wrap up their final season. The coach said the trio has been playing varsity since sophomores and they intend to make it their best season yet.

Ferraro said his underclassmen may be feeling the effects of a long season but said his seniors will rekindle their fire for the playoffs. Sophomores Jordan Purvis and Kelsey Summers rank just behind Lydia Summers in scoring average.

The Thunder made the playoffs last season but were knocked out in the first round. The girls were beaten in the second round of postseason play in 2011.

ROCKLIN 40, WOODCREEK 39

In a stingy battle of defense, the Thunder held off the Timberwolves (13-13, 5-4) for their 17th victory of the season.

Lydia Summers was the only Rocklin player in double figures; Purvis scored nine and Curtis seven.

Ferraro said Woodcreek always gives Rocklin a strong challenge regardless of the records.

The Thunder closed out its regular season against Granite Bay Tuesday. The Grizzles have struggled this season sitting at 2-7 in the SFL standings.

Ferraro said if his club wins out they could get bumped up in the Division II power ratings assuring at least one home game for the playoffs.

ROCKLIN 73, ROSEVILLE 48

Thunder         15        17        23        18 – 73

Tigers             5          14        16        13 – 48