Rocklin girls head into playoffs with winning momentum
Rocklin High’s girls basketball team made the best of Senior Night by beating Granite by 69-50 last week to put momentum on their side going into the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division II Playoffs.
The Grizzlies (11-16, 2-8) hung around for the first quarter but then opened the door in the second period. Granite Bay scored seven points to the Thunder’s 18 and the game was pretty much over by halftime.
“We’re definitely building momentum,” said senior Shannon Garvella with the team coming off its third win in a row. “Ever since Del Oro, even though we took a hard loss to Nevada Union, … [W]e’ve been really picking up as a team and I really think we’re going into the playoffs with a full head of steam ready to go.”
The point guard had three assists in the contest and nine rebounds.
Freshman Jordan Purvis led the Thunder in scoring with 18 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Sophomore Kelsey Summers tallied 11 and senior Jaimie Curtis scored 10. Curtis also had 10 rebounds as did sophomore Kaitlyn Solomon.
Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro was able to utilize the depth of his bench. Ten of his players put up points, including senior Presley Salazar who hasn’t gotten as much playing time as her classmates.
Senior Lydia Summers also closed out her regular season scoring six points and pulling down the same number of boards.
Although Senior Night is an emotional time, Garvella said that last game in the playoffs would really mark the end of the season for her. For that reason, she and the other seniors would like to go as deep as possible into the postseason.
“Senior Night’s bad; you know it’s over but you’re still playing in the playoffs and that’s when it really hits you hard,” said Garvella. “Keep going, keep going. We’ve got to go far in the playoffs.
In spite of it, Garvella said this is the best season she’s had in the three years she’s been playing varsity. With a 19-8 record, Garvella said she would be satisfied with her senior season regardless of what happens in the playoffs.
Rocklin came into the playoffs seeded No. 7 and defeated No. 10 Del Campo 59-40 in the opening round Tuesday. The Thunder will now travel to No. 2 McNair (Stockton) for round two on Thursday.
“We just go out there every day, every time, just go out there and play,” Garvella said. “The opponent doesn’t matter. Just go out there and always try to do my best.”
ROCKLIN 69, GRANITE BAY 50
Grizzlies 14 7 14 15 – 50
Thunder 17 18 15 19 – 69
GB – 18-56, 12-22, 50, 3Pt 2-14. R – 29-57, 6-13, 69, 3Pt 7-16.
Rebounds – Granite Bay 33 . Rocklin 38.
Rocklin – Purvis 7-15, 1-1, 18, 3Pt 3-7, K. Summers 5-11, 0-3, 11, 3Pt 1-2, Curtis 5-7, 0-0, 10.