Rocklin girls look to ‘survive and advance’

Lady Thunder basketball now 4-3
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
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ROSEVILLE _ The Rocklin High girls basketball team took another giant step toward making the playoffs by defeating Roseville 53-44, Tuesday. This came on the heels of another heartbreaking loss to Del Oro. “We are adopting a motto in practice and games right now, and it is a quote from the late Jim Valvano, ‘Survive and advance,’ said Rocklin girls head coach Rob Ferraro. “That is what we need to do, survive each game and advance to the next.” The Tigers took an early lead but the Thunder changed that with a 19-7 run in the second quarter. In the second half the two clubs played fairly even giving the girls in blue the needed win. Del Oro _ Last week, Rocklin started its first round of Sierra Foothill League play in Loomis. The close game curse continued to haunt the Lady Thunder as the Golden Eagles beat Rocklin 29-28. Each quarter was close with the first ending in a 5-5 tie. As the contest progressed it became clear it would be a battle of defense. “Points were definitely at a premium this night as Del Oro won a defensive battle 29-28,” said head coach, Rob Ferraro. Both teams played hard half-court defense. Junior Shannon Garvella battled Del Oro’s Brianna Ruiz to keep her from scoring. “Garvella’s defensive effort against Ruiz was amazing,” Ferraro said. Junior Lydia Summers was also a key player earning 13 rebounds. “We spent the majority of the week practicing on how we wanted to defend Del Oro and felt we had a great game plan going in. And the girls executed the plan perfectly, unfortunately we fell one point short. All of us took the loss hard, the girls battled and competed and gave every ounce of energy they had. I was very proud of their effort,” Ferraro said. Rocklin hosts Nevada Union tonight and Granite Bay Tuesday. In the first round of SFL play the Miners earned a three-point win. The Thunder downed the Grizzlies 75-32. The club’s final game is at Woodcreek, Feb. 16. The Thunder were 18th in the Feb. 6 Sac-Joaquin Section Power Ratings. A sweep of their remaining games would go a long way in making the playoffs.