Defense leads Folsom girls by Casa Roble, 37-29

By: Matt Long, Sports Editor
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After allowing Casa Roble 14 points in the first quarter Friday, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team gave up only 15 points the rest of the game and earned a 37-29 win.

The win improved Folsom’s record to 5-8 and put them in the consolation championship game of the Lady Bulldog Winter Classic Saturday, where they’ll face Colfax at 4:30 p.m.

The Rams led by as many as five points in the first quarter before Danielle DaCosta knocked down a free throw late in the quarter to cut the deficit to four, 14-10, after eight minutes of play.

Folsom scored the first seven points in the opening minute of the second quarter to take a 17-14 lead, a lead it wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the game. Tori Harris knocked down a three-pointer and Tessa Caruso followed with a steal and a layup. Twelve seconds later, DaCosta did the same as Caruso and Folsom led 17-14. The Lady Bulldogs worked up an eight-point lead before a late three-pointer by the Rams cut their lead to five, 24-19 at halftime.

Casa Roble got as close as four points to the lead in the second half, but only scored five points in each quarter and it wasn’t enough offense to mount a comeback. Folsom made its free throws down the stretch, including five from DaCosta and two from Courtney Buck. DaCosta made seven free throws in the game, a big improvement and confidence boost after she struggled from the line in Thursday’s 37-29 loss to Capital Christian, according to Wolking.

Harris led the team with 13 points, while DaCosta scored nine. Taylor Scheid finished with six points and Caruso scored four.

“Wins are hard to come by so this one feels good,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “We played very well defensively. We went to a half-court trap for most of the last three quarters and it was effective. We made quite a few free throws down the stretch, which was nice.”

Despite the loss to Capital Christian Thursday, Wolking wasn’t too disappointed with his team’s play.

“We were very competitive, leading by three points at halftime,” Wolking said. “We generally play better against the better teams, but we usually can’t sustain it and that’s what happened, as we had trouble scoring in the third quarter.”