Friday Feb 26 2010
Season, Sciascia era end for Grizzlies in Vallejo
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
Granite Bay loses second round playoff game
It was an emotional end for the ladies in green. The Granite Bay High girls basketball team’s season ended in the semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs at Vallejo 67-55. Two years in a row the Grizzlies have been knocked out in their second playoff game. After one quarter in this one, it looked like Vallejo might run away as it led 21-10. But Sarah Sciascia led her team through a 7-1 run before Vallejo finished the quarter on its own 9-2 run. The second quarter would be even both teams scoring 15 points and the third was only marginally favorable to Vallejo scoring one more point in the quarter for the 53-41 entrance into the fourth quarter. Though the Apaches held a lead the entire game Granite Bay teetered on the edge of a comeback all game. At the half, Sciascia had 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Granite Bay finished 14-of-22 from the foul stripe as Vallejo made 10-of-18. Neither team shot the three all that effectively Granite Bay going 3-of-16 and Vallejo 5-of-16, but free throws and 3-pointers were not the biggest deciding factors. The Apaches scored 17 extra points thanks to 25 offensive rebounds. On top of an insurmountable number of rebounds the Grizzlies couldn’t stop the dribble penetration Vallejo brought which then left the lane open for offensive boards. According to Apache Head Coach Jim Capoot his team was prepared to attack Granite Bay’s zone defense. “I actually thought they had a little trouble with our zone, but the one thing they can do is knock down shots,” said Triebwasser. “If you can move the ball quickly sometimes it is tough for us to get out to that corner. A lot of the time we forced a bad first shot but then couldn’t get a rebound because Vallejo is huge. That’s been a problem all season is our size.” Though not a six-footer, Sciascia finished with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Coming out of the locker room after her last high school game she was visibly overcome with emotion. “I’m upset that we put all this effort in and this was the result,” Sciascia said. “We knew that they had a couple really good players and we had to watch the shot and the drive. We worked hard on trying to stop cuts to the basket. I just had to keep going hard for my teammates and keep up the pace and hopefully they’d come along beside me.” While Sciascia is no stranger to leading the Grizzlies or the SFL in scoring on any occasion her team had trouble matching points. The Apaches big three seniors Ashley Moore, Shanel Dickson and Rachel Carter combined for 59 of their team’s points. Along with Sciascia was another senior captain, Libby Jelinek, with eight points and six rebounds. Jessica Miller had seven points, while Laura Preston came off the bench for six points. The Grizzlies finished the season with an 18-11 overall record. Next year’s team returns eight players from this squad, and will play for the first time in what seems like an eternity without the overwhelming presence of Sciascia.