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Folsom gets revenge on Lady Grizzlies in tourney action

Bulldogs finish strong to close out Granite Bay
By: Brett Ransford, Press Tribune Correspondent
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The home court advantage favored the Bulldogs Wednesday night in the gym at Folsom High. Fighting for a shot at the championship game of their own Folsom Winter Classic, the Bulldogs advanced past Granite Bay 43-38. The battle was deadlocked at 27-27 going into the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies had 17 turnovers while Folsom had 19. The fourth quarter saw five unforced turnovers and seven fouls by the Grizzlies as Folsom shot 10-of-14 from the free throw line to capture the victory. Just two turnovers in the fourth and solid foul shooting boosted the Bulldogs into the final game of the tournament. The game was even most of the way, as there were six ties and five lead changes during the first three periods. The first quarter had Granite Bay with the lead 9-7 only to see Folsom squeeze back to a 17-17 score at halftime. The shooting disparity was a sure indicator of the game’s eventual outcome. Overall Folsom made 16-of-24 free throws, 3-of-16 from the three-point arc, and committed only 10 fouls. Granite Bay shot just 5-of-10 from the foul line, 1-of-14 from on three’s and committed 15 fouls while committing 23 turnovers. Inside the first minute of the fourth quarter the Grizzlies had two turnovers and two fouls. They had their chances, down by one point at 37-36 with 1:43 to go, but they could not get over the hump. The most costly foul of the night was arguably the one that sent Folsom’s Julie Orr to the line for three free throws and the 37-36 lead. Thanks to Orr the Bulldogs took a 40-36 lead putting Granite Bay in a must-score position. The Grizzlies had their best chance at 40-38 following a bucket and Folsom missed shot. Sarah Sciascia and Granite Bay’s outside shooters couldn’t create a lane or an open shot. Their last play was a three-point shot by Sciascia that wouldn’t fall and the rebound and 1-of-2 free throws from Folsom sealed the win. “We were able to put pressure on their ball carriers and really concentrated on Sarah (Sciascia),” said Sykes. “I challenged my team and said if they weren’t going to box out I had some players on the bench that would. They finally realized that in the fourth quarter the championship was at stake and stepped it up in that quarter.” Folsom’s leading scorer was also their leading rebounder Shelbyanne Terrio with a double-double (13 points and 12 rebounds). Julie Orr added eight points, four rebounds, three steals and an assist. Courtney Boyle and Courtney Wolking each had seven points. Boyle also had four steals. The game was a rematch from the season opener for both teams, played nearly a month ago. Granite Bay won that game 40-24. After seeing Granite Bay beat one of their league rivals Sheldon 61-53 just before the start of the tournament, Sykes said this game was a barometer to see how much his team has grown. For the Grizzlies the loss means they do not reach their preseason goal of winning at least one tournament. “We didn’t give the effort of a team that wanted to play for a championship,” said coach Melissa Triebwasser. “Offensively we just couldn’t execute. We were getting wide open looks around the rim all game and we were missing layups. Hopefully it’s an aberration. We haven’t had a practice since the 16th (of December) and on a night like tonight it really showed.” Sciascia had another double-double performance scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. She had six offensive boards along with a team-leading six steals and three assists. Libby Jelinek finished with eight points, nine rebounds, four steals and an assist. Granite Bay will play in the third place game to close out the tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday, and Folsom moves on to the title game at 4:30 p.m. The tournament is being contested at Folsom High School.