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Folsom falls to Colfax to place sixth at Lady Bulldogs Classic

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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They walked away with a consolation, but the Folsom girls’ basketball team was satisfied with its work throughout the Bulldog Tournament.

A 40-23 loss to Colfax Saturday night cemented the Bulldogs in a sixth-place finish in their own tournament. All-Tournament honors were handed out to the youngest player, Tori Harris, who finished with nine points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks.

“We didn’t play that well in the first half, but then one of our subs came in [Kate Whitney] and we made a comeback,” Harris said. “We still lost, but did well in the tournament I think.”

Folsom lost its tournament opener 37-29 to Capital Christian on Thursday and bounced back with a matching 37-29 win over Casa Roble Friday.

Whitney isn’t normally a substitute. She made the decision not to play against Colfax based on a minor head injury she suffered against Casa Roble the day before. Her injection into the third quarter sparked a complete shift in Folsom’s game.

“I had a headache, dizziness and felt sick to my stomach, but I just got sick of watching my team fall apart,” said Whitney.

In nearly the same amount of minutes, Whitney scored all of her eight points in the fourth quarter along with eight rebounds, four of which were offensive boards.

Turnovers were an issue for Folsom along the way, committing at least four in each quarter. The presence of Whitney in the fourth secured the ball and the team committed only two.

That type of security could come in handy as Folsom has its biggest rivalry game at Vista del Lago on Thursday.

The Bulldogs’ said if Vista is expecting them to be the underdog, they’ll gladly play that role.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Whitney. “If they’ve watched us the last couple days they might think they have a guaranteed win, but hopefully we can get that win.”

Vista finished in third place in the Bulldog tourney with a 71-35 route of league opponent Galt.