Folsom girls play well in loss to PonderosaBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
This season has been a struggle for Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team, but progress is being made.
On Jan. 17, the Lady Bulldogs lost to Ponderosa by 40 points, 75-35. Last Friday, Folsom showed great improvement. While they still lost to the Bruins, this time they lost by 10 points, 50-40.
Folsom, 0-9 in league and 5-21 overall, trailed by one point at halftime, 18-17, and was competitive throughout the entire game, even playing without senior co-captain Kate Whitney, who suffered a sprained ankle three days prior.
“We put a full game together,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “We played with poise and kept it together and stayed competitive.”
Folsom trailed by as many as 12 points in the third quarter, but cut the deficit to six and kept the game close.
“We had a good crowd on senior night and the girls fed off that energy,” Wolking said. “We looked different out there, playing with a calmness and with poise.”
With Whitney out of the lineup, Wolking called up freshman Alex Corral from the junior varsity team and she played exceptionally well considering the circumstances, scoring 10 points and contributing in other areas as well.
“She came off the bench and played very well,” Wolking said. “She and Tori (Harris) really led us offensively.”
While Whitney didn’t play, other than taking the opening tip, for her and fellow senior co-captain Taylor Scheid, it was the final home game of their high school careers. Both players have meant a lot to the team.
“Kate’s a strong leader and even in her absence on the floor, she was very vocal on the bench and in the locker room. Her rebounding and leadership are her biggest assets. Taylor has played the best basketball of her career the last two weeks. She’s playing with more confidence and has been handling the ball, attack the rim and playing with poise.
“Both girls are solid in character and when you have a team that has struggled like ours, you need players like that to keep the team together and they’ve done a great job of doing that.”