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Lady Bulldogs off to 3-3 start

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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A young Folsom High girls’ basketball team is off to a 3-3 start and head coach Lynn Wolking will take it. With only three seniors on the team, Wolking doesn’t have many experienced players to work with. With two sophomores and two freshmen making up nearly half of the nine-member team, the Lady Bulldogs will have some growing pains this season. After placing third at the Laguna Creek Tournament by winning two of three games to start the season, the varsity girls had the tables turned on them last week, as they dropped two of three games at the Woodland Tournament. Folsom’s win came in its opening game, a 51-31 victory over Pioneer. The Lady Bulldogs controlled the sloppy game, leading by 10 at halftime and extending it to 20 by the game’s end. Balanced scoring was the key in the victory, as freshman Alex Washington led the way with nine points, while fellow freshman Danielle DaCosta, senior Jenny Hackelman and junior Kate Whitney all scored eight. On Friday the team lost to Florin, 58-43, but Wolking was pleased with his team’s competitiveness and fight, as they trailed by 15 and cut the lead to six late in the third quarter before the Panthers pulled away late. “We’ve got a young team, but I’m proud of the way we played,” Wolking said. “We were competitive and we fought hard. We played them over the summer and lost by 40.” Hackelman had a strong game with 17 points. Washington added 10 and DaCosta finished with nine. In both the Florin game and in their final game of the tournament against Tracy, Folsom fell behind 10-0 to start the game and had to battle its way back in the game. Folsom trailed Tracy 18-4, but came all the way back and trailed by two in the final minute, but turned the ball over twice and lost by four, 45-41. “Again we played hard and I’m proud of the girls for fighting,” Wolking said. “We had a chance.” Hackelman and senior Kohl Bryant both scored 10 points, while DaCosta chipped in eight. Hackelman was the team’s lone all-tournament selection. Wolking is optimistic despite his team’s youth. Though he’s not expecting big things this season, he is looking forward to watching the team grow throughout the season. “We’re pretty balanced and I suspect all nine players could start at some point this season,” Wolking said. “I’m going to play the hot hand. Jenny’s been superb and she, Kohl and Christy Bolton are my three senior leaders.” Wolking said the team’s goals are to have a winning record in preseason play and be competitive in the Delta River League, saying he can’t expect too much with such a young team. Folsom opens the Placer Tournament at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Rio Americano.