Rocklin seniors close out prep basketball careers

Girls Optimist game
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The Evening Optimist Club of Sacramento held their 36th Annual High School All Stars’ game last Saturday. Twenty-eight of the most talented female athletes were selected from the Sacramento region to compete in the 40 minute exhibition game at Center High School.

At the helm of the North team Optimists was Rocklin Thunder’s head coach Rob Ferraro. He was accompanied by assistants Pete Winter and Tori Johnson.

Coaching the South was Christian Brothers Ron Gully. He was accompanied by River City High School’s head coach Jamie King.

Just finishing his third year as Rocklin girls basketball head coach, Ferraro was selected to coach the Optimist North team. It was an opportunity for both he and the girls he coached.

“Twenty years from now, they’re not going to remember the score,” said Ferraro after the game. “They are going to remember competing with the best, playing with seniors who are considered the best in their class.”

Two girls from his Thunder squad, Lydia Summers and Jaime Curtis were selected to represent Rocklin in the evening’s event.

Summers, who concluded four years as a Thunder basketball player, three on varsity, collected first-team Sierra Foothill All League all three years and was Most Valuable Player in 2012-13

Selected as a team captain for the event, Summers racked up five points on 2-for-3 shooting, two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a block.

“It was cool to play with all these great players,” said Summers. “It was more laid back, more fun.”

Playing since her sophomore year, Curtis has blossomed under Ferraro’s system and developed into a talent he expected since meeting the 6-6 athlete.

Putting that height on display Saturday night, Curtis collected six blocks and seven rebounds in the game. In what would be the final field goal of her high-school career, it was only fitting she would get an assist from teammate Summers who found her on the low post for the basket.

Reflecting on the day’s event, Curtis expressed her appreciation for getting the chance to compete with these talented selections.

“I just enjoyed playing with the best of the best,” said Curtis.

Del Oro’s Brianna Ruiz earned MVP honors for the North and Pleasant Grove’s Dejza James was MVP for the South.

The game also helped to raise funds for the Optimist’s charitable outreach.

36th Annual Optimist Basketball Game