Thunder girls finish 3-9 in SFL play

By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High’s varsity girls basketball team wrapped up its first season under coach Paul Tompkins with a loss at Del Oro last week. The Thunder finished 9-16 overall and 3-9 in the Sierra Foothill League. Del Oro (23-4 overall), which went undefeated in SFL play, topped Rocklin 49-23. Megan Hanson led the Thunder with seven points while Madeline Campbell had 17 points and six rebounds for the Golden Eagles. Rocklin was held to just two points in the second quarter and three in the fourth. The Thunder lost their last four games of the season and went 1-5 in the second half of SFL play. However Tompkins says his squad did show improvement in the second half of the league season. “There are some very good coaches in this league and they prepare very well,” Tompkins said. “I thought we played a lot more aggressive in the second half and I thought our defense was better in the second half. I thought we improved as a team overall.” Frank Shields was the only varsity coach Rocklin’s varsity girls had ever had before he stepped down after last season. Tompkins, the junior varsity coach, was then promoted to the varsity level. “Frank did a great job of building this program and I was very fortunate to take over a program that was well established,” Tompkins said. “There is a lot that goes into it and a lot of preparation and a lot of time involved in it but it is well worth it. It’s a different mentality at the varsity level and you have to rise to the occasion and as a team I believe we did.” The SFL was given an 8.0 rating by the Sac-Joaquin Section, the highest rating for any league. “There are some very, very good teams (in the SFL) and even the teams in the middle are very good,” Tompkins said. “You just can’t take a night off . . . you have to be mentally prepared every night in this league.” Thunder senior guard Nicole Morency tore her ACL and had knee surgery in June but she came back to play the final three games of the season. “She worked every day to get back and the kid was just amazing,” Tompkins said.