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Granite Bay tops Folsom, 42-37

By: Brett Ransford/Gold Country Media Services
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At the end of preseason play the Folsom Bulldogs and Granite Bay Grizzlies girls’ basketball teams met in Folsom on Friday night in what turned out to be a game decided in the fourth quarter. Granite Bay hit 2-of-5 three-pointers and scored a game-high 15 points in the final quarter, led by sophomore Jennifer Manduca, who led both teams with 18 points. The Grizzlies were down 14-6 after one quarter, but held Folsom to one field goal in the second and found an offensive rhythm in the second half to win it 42-37. The Lady Bulldogs came back from being down nearly 10 points in the last minutes to within a one-possession game at 39-37 and less than two minutes to play. A costly turnover forced Folsom to foul and two more turnovers with less than 30 seconds remaining finalized the outcome. “It was a win we needed,” said Granite Bay coach Angel Delgadillo. “We’re trying to get ready for league, which is really going to be tough.” The Grizzlies moved to 2-10 and put a stop to a seven-game losing streak going back to early December. It was a night for young scorers to make an impact. Both squads have just three seniors, but it was Manduca for Granite Bay and Folsom sophomore Maddie Totushek, who made the game interesting late. The Grizzlies took their first lead near the end of the first half 27-26 and wouldn’t give it up again. Down to a one-possession game, Totushek tried to counter Manduca’s three-point shooting by cutting through a 3-2 zone defense and getting to the line for eight free throws. Totushek made 5-of-8, but her team struggled mightily shooting the ball against the zone. Folsom was kept to 1-of-13 from three-point territory and made 2-of-12 in the third quarter. They got less than 10 shots off in the fourth. Manduca took it upon herself to lead her team to a two-game win streak before the start of Sierra Foothill League play next week. “We haven’t won many games, so we really wanted this one.” said Manduca. “It means a lot because we’re a young team and it feels good because no one of us was playing for themselves.” Ever Grizzly player who entered the game scored at least two points. Junior Katrina Reeves had nine. Senior Avery Hutchinson entered off the bench and hit a fourth quarter three-pointer for her only points in much needed crunch time. The Bulldogs dropped to 6-10, losing their last two games by five points or less in both. Coach Lynn Wolking said the two losses need to be forgotten before their game against Sheldon next week to the start Delta River League. He also said his team usually plays to the level of its opponent and expects exactly that against Sheldon. Totushek led Folsom with 11 points. Jenny Hackelman had seven in the first half, but just two more in the last two quarters. Totushek was much of the offense through the last minutes of the game. “I just think the momentum was really hard for us to stop,” said Totushek. “I’m not sure why no one else did, but I was trying to get to the rim and get some shots.” Granite Bay takes on Bella Vista (7-5) on Tuesday before beginning SFL play against Nevada Union (6-8) on Friday. Folsom has the weekend to regroup before Sheldon (12-4) presents a challenge in its first DRL game Tuesday.