Rocklin shakes off Bruins loss for consolation victory

Thunder blasts Bulldogs
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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AUBURN _ The Rocklin High girls basketball team dropped their opening game in the Coach “G” Memorial Tournament last week but came back to sweep the final two games for consolation honors.

Folsom did not do well in the storm as the Thunder rained down on the Bulldogs 77-41 Saturday. Freshman Jordan Purvis led the girls in blue with 14 points, followed by Lydia Summers 12 and Shannon Garvella’s 10. Garvella was also named to the all-tournament team.

“Jordan Purvis is really beginning to show she can be an offensive force,” said Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro. Being a freshman, Ferraro said she’s still learning her role on defense.

Ferraro also gave credit to Kelsey Summers. The coach said the sophomore is starting to both drive to the basket and shoot well from the perimeter.

Ferraro also enjoyed the unselfish play of senior Garvella.

“Garvella played well against Bear River,” Ferraro said, referring to Rocklin’s opening loss to the eventual tournament champions. “I was most impressed with Shannon’s defensive ability and basketball smarts. She had to guard Bear River’s best player.”

Ferraro was also impressed by the play of Tori Adame, although the sophomore didn’t score that much. The coach was also pleased with the unselfish play of his seniors and the trust they have shown in the underclassmen.

Twelve players scored in the contest, seven of them sophomores. The Thunder had 54 rebounds led by Kaitlyn Solomon’s 10.

Rocklin 64, Foothill 53 — Kelsey Summers and Garvella each scored 11 as Rocklin rolled to a 38-18 halftime lead and onto the consolation game.

Senior Jaimie Curtis also stepped up scoring 10 points and garnering three rebounds.

In spite of the Mustangs’ attempt to get back in the game, Ferraro said they didn’t pressure the Thunder on defense as much as he expected.

“We didn’t get pressured much at all in this tournament,” Ferraro said. “Foothill tried a little bit but it didn’t really seem to bother us.”

Bear River 52, Rocklin 42 _ The Thunder wasn’t able to knock the Bruins from the ranks of the unbeaten but did give the Bears cause for concern.

Rocklin responded by outscoring Bear River 20-11 in the second half to make it a tight ballgame before the Bruins pulled away in the fourth quarter. Ferraro gave credit to Bear River and the poise they showed whenever his club turned up the defensive pressure.

Purvis again served notice she was for real scoring 15 points for high-point honors. She had two 3-pointers.

Lydia Summers stepped up for 12 points knocking down six from the free throw line. The senior also had 10 caroms as Rocklin kept pace with Bear River on the boards.

Ferraro said he played all 15 of his players during the tournament. He was also pleased with the performance of those athletes coming off the bench.

“We’re the type of team that doesn’t rely on one individual,” Ferraro said. “We’re all in this together. We win as a team and we lose as a team.”

After a loss to McClatchy Tuesday, Rocklin now heads to Woodcreek to play Del Campo Thursday and Oroville Friday. Both games are at 6 p.m.

Coach “G” Memorial Tournament

Girls Basketball at Placer High

Bear River 52, Rocklin 42

Rocklin 64, Foothill 53

Rocklin 77, Folsom 41