Folsom takes third at Stonebarger tournament

By: Matt Long
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After losing two of three games at their opening tournament of the season, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team rebounded to take two of three games at the Stonebarger Tournament held at Liberty High School in Brentwood last week. The Lady Bulldogs have a 3-4 record as they prepare to play in the Milpitas Bay Area Battle on Friday and Saturday in San Jose. Folsom opened the Stonebarger Tournament on Thursday with a 76-38 win over Galileo. Folsom led 21-11 after the first quarter and then put the game away in the second, outscoring their opponent 19-2 to lead 40-13 at halftime. “We played very good defense and put all kinds of pressure on them and played well,” Folsom coach Beecher Sykes said. “That allowed us to get a lead and then we could play looser later on.” The key to the team’s success was the trust they showed in each other, Sykes said. Brenna Crandell and Nicole Clark both scored 17 points in the win. Folsom then lost to Liberty, the tournament host, 46-30. While the final score shows a bit of a blowout, the Lady Bulldogs were one quarter away from playing in the championship game. Folsom trailed 29-28 after three quarters, but was outscored 17-2 in the final quarter. “They have a 6’4” girl that’s going to UCLA on a scholarship and another 6’2” girl and we held them in check through three quarters,” Sykes said. “Then in the fourth quarter their shots started falling and we had to go out on them and that opened things up on the inside for them.” Shelbyanne Terrio frustrated the big girl for three quarters and did a good job on her, but Liberty pulled away in the fourth. Courtney Boyle led the team with eight points, while Julie Orr scored seven and Terrio had five. Folsom rebounded from the loss, though, defeating Tracy 54-50 to finish the tournament in third place. The Lady Bulldogs made only nine-of-21 free throws or the team would have won by more. The team had three girls reach double digits in points, as Boyle led the way with 13 points. Crandell added 12, including eight in the fourth quarter, and Terrio finished with 10. Crandell was big in the fourth quarter, while Terrio did a good job feeding her the ball, which allowed the Lady Bulldogs to hold on for the win. Crandell and Terrio were named to the all-tournament team. “After struggling a bit in the Elk Grove tournament, we worked to improve our defense and the girls did what they were supposed to do,” Sykes said. “We were one quarter from playing in the championship game so I thought we played great.” Sykes has high hopes for this season, after the team missed the playoffs last year. “Our goal is to make the playoffs,” Sykes said. “We’d also like to beat St. Francis once and finish in the top-three in the league.”