Rocklin takes out Timberwolves with 51-35 victory

Big third quarter spells difference
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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The Woodcreek girls basketball team failed to make a showing in the third quarter as Rocklin outscored the visitors 20-4 and sailed to a 51-35 victory Friday night. The Timberwolves managed to keep the game close through the first half and went into intermission trailing by only four points. The third quarter proved to be the turning point as the girls in blue began to rain down three-pointers. Rocklin (12-10, 3-2 league) quickly pulled away from Woodcreek (14-8, 2-3) in the battle to stay in the Sierra Foothill League race. “They were quicker to every ball; every rebound, every lose ball and to the basket,” said Woodcreek head coach Raymond Beck. “We were slow; we were slow getting to spots defensively. We didn’t close out on shooters. To be honest, I’m kind of at a loss as to what it was.” Beck had other things on his mind after his player Samantha Turner went down hard on the last play of the game and had to be taken out of the gym on a gurney. Turner was bumped on a shot and fell awkwardly on her shoulder and neck. Although able to move her extremities, she complained of neck pain and was not allowed to get up. The Thunder took control in the third quarter on 7-11 shooting from the floor, while the T’wolves offense went cold. Rocklin connected on four three-pointers and held their opponents to just two baskets. “We pressured in the first half and we didn’t get a whole lot out of our press. But we did wear them down a little bit,” said Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro. “We said, ‘let’s just play a half-court defense in the second half and really look at getting stops on the defensive end.” Ferraro said the club knew if would be a defensive struggle because of Woodcreek’s strong offense. The Timberwolves came into the contest averaging better than 51 points a game but could not get untracked in the second half. Only Kayla Gardner scored in double figures with 12 points. “We lost our focus; our heart wasn’t in it,” said the Timberwolves’ Christina Mandich after the game. “I think we gave up a little bit. I think we were tired from Del Oro.” Del Oro had handed Woodcreek a 45-33 defeat on Wednesday, but Beck didn’t feel that game actually had any affect on his team. He said if that were the case then his team wasn’t in shape and that would be something they would get fixed. The T’wolves other big guns went silent with Destiny Standifer scoring four, as did Mandich and Lauren Cho. Samantha Gonzalez was the team’s second leading scorer hitting a duce and a trey. “We took off the press and locked down on a good, solid half-court defense,” said Rocklin’s Shannon Garvella, who had 13 points and six rebounds. “We all just talked about staying with your man and being aggressive.” The win puts the Thunder just two games behind league-leading Nevada Union, which ended Del Oro’s conference winning streak at 64. The Miners topped the Golden Eagles 44-42 Friday night in Loomis. Rocklin trails Del Oro by just one game, and will head into Loomis, Thursday, for their second meeting. The Eagles defeated the Thunder by two points, Jan. 13. Woodcreek will try to bounce back at Roseville (4-17, 1-4). The T’wolves beat the Tigers 57-42 at home, Jan. 13. JV _ Woodcreek overcame a five-point halftime lead by Rocklin and held on for a 55-52 win. ROCKLIN 51, WOODCREEK 35 Timberwolves 10 13 4 8 – 35 Thunder 8 19 20 4 – 51 WC (35) Gonzalez 3 2-10 5, Hoskinson 1 0-4 0, Gehweiler 1 0-2 0, Bell 2 0-1 1, Bouey 1 0-1 1, Gardner 5 6-8 12, Standifer 8 1-5 4, Mandich 1 2-4 4, Modder 3 1-2 2, Cho 1 1-9 4, Turner 2 1-2 3, Totals 29 14-48 35. R (51) K Garvella 0 1-4 3, Woods 0 0-1 0, Walters 3 0-3 0 Hildan 1 0-3 0, Camalo 5 4-12 10, Agarpo 1 1-2 3, S Garvella 6 5-10 13, Solomon 0 2-2 4, Willie 0 0-2 0, Curtis 3 1-2 3, Summers 3 4-5 15, Totals 22 18-45 51. Three-point goals – WC 1 (Walters), R 8 (Camalo 2, S Garvella 4, Summers 2). Turnovers – WC 17, R 15. Free throws – WC 6-9, R 7-13.