Rocklin unable to maintain early lead and falls to Miners 63-58
The Rocklin girls basketball team was unable to maintain a halftime lead over Nevada Union as the Miners kept their Sierra Foothill League No. 1 standing with a 63-58 win last week.
A Rocklin victory would have put the Thunder in a tie with their SFL rivals atop the board. But the loss dropped the Thunder to 4-3, two games behind the 6-1 Miners.
As the game got under way, both teams played with a sense of urgency, scoring nearly 40 points combined.
Shannon Garvella orchestrated the offense with key feeds to Rachel Agarpo and Ariana Hildan for 3-point shots. The senior captain ended the first period with three assists.
Jordan Purvis gave the Thunder a three-point lead by periods end. The sophomore successfully converted three free throws after being fouled on her attempt at a buzzer-beater.
In the second period, Nevada Union dropped from 50 percent shooting from the floor to just 25 percent before the break. That lapse helped the Thunder take an 11-point advantage into the break.
In the first meeting of their SFL schedule, Rocklin scored a season-low 36 points in a loss to Nevada Union. In the second meeting, the girls in blue had that many points by the end of the first half.
“In the first half, I thought we played really well,” said Rocklin head coach Rob Ferraro. “They have some great guards and I felt we got them out of their comfort zone.”
After the break, Lydia Summers kept the Thunder in the game, scoring four of the team’s six points in the third period. The Miners did a lot of their damage at the foul line, shooting 9-10 to tie the game heading into the final period.
Summers, who Ferraro affectionately called “the human pinball,” for her ability to weave in-and-out of defenders, scored nine points in the final period to help keep the game close down the stretch.
But a trio of 3-pointers and successful trips to the foul line late allowed the Miners to seal the victory.
“This one’s going to hurt for awhile,” said Ferraro. “The sun will come up tomorrow; we’ll regroup and see what happens next week.”
Rocklin was on the road this week at Roseville (Tuesday) and Woodcreek (Thursday). They return home Feb. 12 for Senior Night and their final regular season game hosting Granite Bay.
NEVADA UNION 63, ROCKLIN 58
Miners 18 7 17 21 – 63
Thunder 21 16 6 16 – 58
Nevada Union 22-57, 16-21, 63, 3Pts 5-16. Rocklin 20-49, 11-16, 58, 3Pts 5-16. Turnovers – NU 12, R 15.
Rocklin – L. Summers-8-17, 7-9, 21, Garvella 4-7, 0-0, 11, 3Pts 1-3, Purvis 2-11, 4-5, 10, 3Pts 2-7.
Assists – Garvella 3, Purvis 2.
Feb. 12 – Granite Bay (Seniors Night)