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Lady Bulldogs drop final game

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball coach Lynn Wolking knew he had a young team and also knew that the Delta River League featured four teams far better than his own. That combination made the second half of the season difficult for the Lady Bulldogs, as they lost all 10 league games. Despite not winning a game after Dec. 27, Folsom showed a lot of heart, spunk and competitiveness, as they always gave all they had on the court and often gave opposing teams more of a battle than they were likely expecting. Case in point was the team’s final game on Friday against St. Francis, a game the Troubadours won 69-46. At halftime the Lady Bulldogs trailed by only 10, 32-22. “The first time we played St. Francis we were down 28-2 at halftime so we really played much better this time,” Wolking said. “Our energy level was great. I think St. Francis had to beat us to make the playoffs and if we made them sweat a little that’s good for me. We’ve got to take our small victories as they come. We’ve been in four games at halftime against teams that we shouldn’t be that close to and those games were against Sheldon, St. Francis and Oak Ridge (twice).” Wolking said his three seniors, Christy Bolton, Kohl Bryant and Jenny Hackelman, all played well against St. Francis, as did Gabby Miller and Maddie Totushek. Hackelman led the team with 12 points, while Miller and Bryant scored eight. Totushek and Bolton finished with six points. Wolking is intent on building a solid program at Folsom and feels the program is headed in the right direction. The biggest positive coming out of the season was the experienced gained by the underclassmen in the program and their improved play. Freshmen Danielle DaCosta and Alex Washington along with sophomores Totushek and Miller are included in that group, as is the entire junior varsity team. That’s not even considering the returning juniors Kate Whitney and Taylor Scheid and sophomore Chi Okoye, who missed most of the season with a serious knee injury. “No doubt about it, our underclassmen got a lot of playing time against top talent,” Wolking said. “I thought we ended the season on a strong note with the way we played against St. Francis. Our record this year was probably what I expected, but we competed a lot better than I expected. This team isn’t as talented as last year’s team, but they have more fight.”