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Rocklin girls rapidly improving on hardwood

Whitney final preseason game, Jan 6
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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After a sluggish start, the Rocklin High girls basketball team has picked up steam winning four of its last five games. The Thunder will play in the Lincoln Tournament that began Wednesday and concludes Friday. After visiting Placer, Jan. 3, they will host the Whitney Wildcats, Jan. 6, before heading into Sierra Foothill League play. “We’ve gotten our whole team back,” said Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro, who had two volleyball players join the club following their deep run into the playoffs. “Prior to last week, we’re playing a lot more consistent and starting to gel as a team.” Dec. 21, the silver-and-and blue erased a three-point lead against McClatchy and rolled to a 56-43 victory. Lydia Summers and Rachel Agarpo led the Thunder scoring with 11 points apiece. Joie Camalo added 10 to the scoreboard, with nine players contributing to Rocklin’s total. Kaitlyn Solomon grabbed nine rebounds, while Agarpo and Summers added eight and seven, respectively. Rocklin’s defense literally shut down the Lions in the second half. Placer, Dec. 17 _ The Hillmen were able to rally in the fourth quarter, but the game went to the Thunder, 55-48. Camalo came up one shy of 20 points to lead the surging Bolts. Summers added 10, and Shannon Garvella dropped in eight. After defeating El Dorado (47-44) and Vista del Lago (83-59) earlier in the month, Rio Americano managed to squeak by Rocklin, 50-49, Dec. 16. The Thunder came up with a cold hand in the fourth quarter as the Raiders rallied for 17 on their home court. Camalo had 20 points for the girls in blue, and Jamie Curtis 10, but Rocklin scored only six in the final eight minutes of play. The Thunder held their own on the boards pulling down 28 to Rio Americano’s 32. “She’s always been a good offensive player,” Ferraro said of Camalo. “She’s very athletic and able to get to the rim.” Rocklin is now averaging more than 50 points a game, and pulling down in excess of 27 rebounds. Camalo is scoring in double figures (12.5 points per game), and Summers is averaging better than eight. The club is collecting better than 10 steals per contest with Summers totaling 28 so far this preseason. Rocklin was 6-6 going up against Bear River in the Lincoln Invitational Tournament, Wednesday. They will host Whitney High School, Jan. 6, in their last game before opening Sierra Foothill League play. “(Whitney) is our last game before league starts,” Ferraro said of the Wildcats, and acknowledged the rivalry between the two schools. “Our league is going to be absolutely brutal this year.”