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Folsom basketball teams lose first-round games at Placer tourney

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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The two varsity girls’ basketball teams from Folsom took it on the chin in different ways Thursday at Placer High in the first round of the Coach G Memorial Tournament. The Folsom Lady Bulldogs were in a long fight that went the distance, including a four-minute overtime session, and lost to Rio Americano, 50-47, while the Vista Eagles suffered a mid-round knockout by Rocklin, losing 83-59. The two Folsom teams face each at 5 p.m. Friday at Placer High in the second round of the tournament. Folsom, 3-4 on the year, looked good early against the Raiders, leading 10-2 five minutes into the game, but by the end of the first quarter led only by two, 13-11. A strong second quarter, however, had Folsom feeling good again by halftime with a 22-13 lead. Rio Americano, however, outscored the Lady Bulldogs 20-8 in the third quarter, thanks to some top-notch perimeter shooting and took a 33-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Folsom, playing a zone defense, left Rio shooters open and the Raiders knocked down four three-pointers with great accuracy. Folsom trailed for the entire fourth quarter until 14.5 seconds remained. That’s when freshman Alex Washington stepped to the free throw line and drained a pair of free throws to tie the game at 42. Folsom forced a jump ball with 5.3 seconds remaining and had a chance to win the game in regulation, but inexplicably, didn’t get a shot off, as if they didn’t know how much time was left. Despite not being able to win the game in regulation, it was a solid quarter for the Lady Bulldogs, who made eight-of-10 free throw attempts to stay in the game. Folsom held a 44-43 lead with 1:25 to play in overtime, but were outscored 7-3 the rest of the way. “We definitely had our chances and it’s absolutely a game we should have won and a game that we have to win,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “It came down to execution and we turned the ball over four times in a row in overtime. It was a great game; we just have to play with more poise.” Folsom featured a balanced scoring effort, as Jenny Hackelman led the team with 10 points. Kohl Bryant and Washington both scored nine, while Christy Bolton added seven. Vista del Lago, 1-6 on the season, trailed 17-13 with a minute to play in the first quarter against Rocklin, but gave up the final six points of the quarter and trailed by 10, 23-13, after one quarter. The Eagles played the Thunder evenly in the second quarter and still trailed by 10 at halftime, 39-29, but fell apart in the third. Vista had numerous turnovers, most of which came before the team had the ball past its own foul line versus Rocklin’s full court pressure, which led to their demise, as the Thunder pulled away to a 24-point win the second half. Becca Stephens led Vista with 26 points. Caprina Pipion and Elizabeth Freese added eight points, while Taryn Thomas finished with six.