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Capital Christian 3-pointers rain down on Folsom girls

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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The Folsom girls’ basketball team rolled into the semifinals of their own Winter Bulldog Classic on Wednesday after a 53-36 victory over Galt on Tuesday night. The Lady Bulldogs’ will have to settle for the consolation game as their hopes of defending the home court at their host tournament were dashed by Capital Christian on Wednesday by a score of 58-48. Folsom (7-7) was slightly short-handed as Coach Lynn Wolking said that a few players caught a bit of a flu bug. The Lady Bulldogs did what they could with what they had available and kept the score close in the fourth quarter. Folsom went on a 9-0 run late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to nine points entering the final period. Jenny Hackelman — one of Folsom’s flu-stricken players — hadn’t played in the first half. She came in and provided a spark for the Lady Bulldogs in the second half. At the 5:48 mark of the fourth, Hackelman found sophomore Maddie Totushek with an inbound pass for a baseline jumper that pulled Folsom within six. Capital Christian, however, had a sharp-shooting sophomore of their own in Haleigh Filer, who nailed back-to-back 3-pointers after Totushek’s bucket to build the Cougar lead back to 12. Filer would hit 8-of-14 from beyond the arc, including three in the fourth quarter, en route to a 31-point performance. Wolking had no answer for the Cougars’ perimeter shooting. “We shifted defenses to a 1-3-1 and our girls rotated really well off of it,” he said. “It put pressure on their wings, but you have to give credit to (Filer). We got beat by a team that played extremely well.” Totushek and Kate Whitney led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 12 apiece. Hackelman added eight and four assists. “I think that we all played hard tonight and are starting to learn to work together,” said Totushek, who also contributed four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Folsom will play Burlingame for third place on Thursday at 6 p.m.