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Folsom girls basketball tops Inderkum, 51-41

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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A strong start in each half proved to be enough to lift Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team to a 51-41 win over Inderkum on Thursday in the first round of the Roseville Elite Showcase Tournament.

Charity Gallegos scored 11 of her team-high 16 points in the first quarter, including knocking down three, three-pointers to help the Bulldogs (4-0) out to a 15-4 lead after eight minutes of play. Katie Harris had the other four points in the quarter for the Bulldogs.

The Tigers cut the lead to six in the second quarter, but that’s as close as they ever got to the lead, as they were missing two of their top players due to injury. Gallegos hit her fourth and final three-pointer of the game, and Emily Climenhage knocked down back-to-back shots to quickly put Folsom back up by 13.

Folsom held Inderkum without a field goal in the third quarter, as they outscored the Tigers 16-6 to extend its lead to 21 points, 44-23, after three quarters.

With the game in hand, Folsom slacked off in the fourth quarter and Inderkum cut into the lead a bit, as Folsom ended up winning by 10, 51-41.

“I liked that Charity got off to a good start with her shooting, and I liked our defense in the third quarter,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “We changed things up with our zone defenses and it worked well. We rebounded pretty well, and Katie had a lot of blocks in the first half.

“The one thing we didn’t do well was finish it in the fourth quarter. We have to fix that because we’re not good enough to coast.”

Beth Pettingill scored eight points in the win, while Harris and Climenhage finished with six.

The second round of the tournament continues tomorrow at Roseville High School.