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Sierra’s womens basketball shuts down Sac City 59-28

Wolverines sweep season series
By: Matt Folsom/Courtesy
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Battling for a state championship against a team just looking to stay out of the conference cellar can be a challenge. Such was the case Feb. 8 when a powerful Sierra College women’s basketball team found themselves trailing Sacramento City College 9-7 eight minutes into the game.

That’s when things changed, as the Panthers were held scoreless for the next seven minutes as the Wolverines built a 24-9 lead on their way to a convincing 59-28 win at Goto/Goldenberg Court.

Sierra held Sac City to 14 points in each half with a dominating defense that turned 19 Panther turnovers, 15 steals and five blocked shots into transition buckets.

Sierra (17-7, 8-2 Big 8) enjoyed a 29-14 halftime lead that allowed them to substitute freely after the intermission. The easy win gave the banged-up Wolverines –only nine healthy players – a chance to work on new lineup combinations.

The Wolverine lead reached 30 when Kayla Reeves (Placer) connected on her third three of the game with 3:49 left. The Sierra win secured a seventh-straight season sweep of the Panthers, who fell to 5-16, 1-9 in the Big 8. 

Freshman guard Joie Camalo (Rocklin) led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Reeves with 11 and Ericka Magana (Inderkum) and Jasmine Shedrick (Natomas) with 10 each. Camalo also had eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Shedrick topped a 50-rebound night for Sierra with 11 boards, while Michelle Walker (Colfax) and Kirstie Williams (Bella Vista) pulled down nine rebounds each.

The win left Sierra one one game behind league-leading Santa Rosa.