Wednesday Jan 25 2012
Thunder still a force in league play
By: Danielle Huddlestun Placer Herald Correspondent
Rocklin girls fall to 1-2
Continuing their close game curse, the Rocklin girls barely fell short against Nevada Union last Friday, losing 50-47. “Nevada Union came out with as much intensity and emotion as we had,” said head coach, Rob Ferraro. According to Ferraro, the Lady Miners were the aggressor early on, and the Rocklin squad had to react to their speed. The girls shot well from the perimeter and worked well with getting the ball to open players. With just four minutes left in the game, the score was 46-35, with Rocklin trailing. The Lady Thunder continued to fight and tightened their defense tightened in an attempt to pull even. Ferraro indicated missed free throws were a big factor in the loss. Nevada Union was 16-19 from the charity stripe, while Rocklin only made 13 of 26 attempts. Joie Camalo led the girls in blue with 15 points and five steals. Lydia Summers also aided in the effort with 14 points and eight rebounds. Roseville _ The Thunder picked up their first win in the Sierra Foothill League by defeating the Tigers, 59-26. “We got off to a really good start. We had a 20 point lead at halftime,” Ferraro said. The girls made easy baskets and maintained a fast pace up and down the court. Rocklin also played solid defense. Ferraro said the club played with high intensity and kept up a full-court press. He said by doing so the Thunder showed no signs of sloppy play. “Defensive intensity led to an easy opportunity on the offensive end,” Ferraro said. Because of their improved play against Roseville, Ferraro was able to put in his full roster. Camalo again topped the scoring with 17 points, and she picked up five steals. Summers also came up strong with 16 points and 10 rebounds. “The girls have a strong mentality and are resilient. They will come with high intensity and put the ball in the basket,” Ferraro said. With a 1-2 league record, the Thunder was scheduled to play Granite Bay, Wednesday.