Folsom girls beat Vista in Auburn, 52-35

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Two Folsom area teams squared off against one another in the Coach G. Memorial Tournament at Placer High in Auburn on Friday night with Folsom coming out on top with a 52-35 win over Vista del Lago. Folsom began the game with a 9-0 run over the first three minutes before Vista brought the score back to within two. Folsom point guard Jenny Hackelman extended the Lady Bulldog lead with eight consecutive points to close out the quarter. She stepped up and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key before stealing the ball and driving for a lay-up. She completed her scoring flurry with a jumper from the free throw line to give Folsom an 18-7 first quarter advantage. Vista (1-7) had problems breaking the Folsom press. The Lady Bulldogs took advantage of Vista’s 30-plus turnovers on the night whenever the opportunity arose. Both teams were coming off of losses the night before—Folsom to Rio Americano and Vista to Rocklin. Folsom coach Lynn Wolking was pleased with the way his team rebounded from the previous night. “Our full-court pressure definitely got us some easy baskets. That got us up and got us confident,” he said. “Those easy buckets really set the tone and it allowed us to switch up from full court to three-quarter court. We mixed in a little bit of everything.” Folsom (3-5) savored its largest lead at the end of the third quarter with a 44-22 cushion. “Folsom just outplayed us tonight,” said Vista coach Swan Wainwright. “We know what we’ve got to work on in practice and we do it. We’ve just got to transfer it from the practice court into the games.” Hackelman led the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals while freshman Danielle DaCosta (six points, five boards) showed no fear in checking Vista’s 6’2” junior center Becca Stephens. Stephens led the Lady Eagles with a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds) to go with her six blocks. “I think we need to be battle-tested in these preseason games and get some war wounds so that we’ll be tougher when we get to league,” said Wainwright. “We’ve got to realize there’s a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and we have to strive to get it.” “(The preseason wins) are great for us going into league,” Wolking said. “The whole thing is about getting prepared. A win is a win and we’ll take it.”