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Folsom falls to Burlingame, places fourth in tourney

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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A consolation game for third place eluded the host team Lady Bulldogs on Thursday in the final night of the Winter Bulldog Classic, as visiting Burlingame came back from a third-quarter deficit to defeat Folsom, 47-42. The Bulldogs (7-8) kept it to a one-possession game down 43-40 with less than one minute left to play, but it was timely free throws and offensive put backs by Burlingame which edged the second of back-to-back losses. Folsom’s young team was led by one of few seniors – Christy Bolton – who received All-Tournament honors for a eight-point finale in the three-game tournament. Their final possessions had the Lady Bulldogs down 45-42 after sprinting down court for a bucket only to go down by five after an offensive rebound and put back ran it to a two-possession game, which ended up being the final basket. Freshman guard Alex Washington was blocked attempting a three-pointer and with 3.5 seconds left the ball went off Folsom and the next inbound was held until the final buzzer. “The moment was just too strong for us. Sometimes with a young team when the pressure is really on, you start doing things you wouldn’t normally do in those situations,” said Folsom coach Lynn Wolking. “Christy [Bolton] showed that alertness we need, being confident and ready in those situations.” Senior guard Jenny Hackelman’s game-high 15 points was matched by Burlingame, who had three players score in double figures. Bolton and junior power forward Kate Whitney put in eight points each. Both the first and last three pointers taken by Folsom in the fourth quarter were blocked. In the first and second quarters, however, were tradeoffs between both teams’ turnovers and ability to get any kind of shots off. A 9-2 run put Folsom up 22-12 scorching its way through the second quarter and its first double-digit lead, which was the only one by either team. Burlingame then stifled Folsom into 10 turnovers in the quarter as part of a 10-0 run evening the halftime score at 22-22. Burlingame coughed up the ball 10 times in the first quarter, but split the final two quarters with five turnovers each and forced seven turnovers. Folsom committed another eight unforced turnovers in the half. They did, however, remain the only team with a three-point basket, though not for a lack of trying by Burlingame. The visitors shot 0-for-7 in the first half and another 0-for-4 in second. To the Bulldogs’ credit they jetted down court after Burlingame hit a surprising 3-of-4 free throws with less than a minute to play and inched back to a 45-42 game. Burlingame was a 4-of-10 up to that point. Folsom finished 15-of-40 from the field and 3-of-12 from beyond the arc. They were 5-of-12 from the free throw line, including 3-of-4 in the final quarter. “Although we lost, we still had highlights throughout the game,” said Bolton. “I think our team’s at a good position, because we can definitely compete with all the teams. If we fix that one quarter where we struggle then we’ll be fine.” Folsom hosts Foothill on Wednesday and Granite Bay on Friday.