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Lady Bulldogs focused on Ponderosa

By: Matt Long/Telegraph Sports Editor
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Realistically, Folsom’s last chance for a Delta River League win comes today at Ponderosa High. The Lady Bulldogs, 0-7 in league, 7-17 overall, lost to the Bruins on a last-second putback on Jan. 24. It was the Bruins only league win of the season. “We’re going to need to bring the effort we brought against Oak Ridge and we’re going to have to rebound,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “It’s the one team in league that we have a size advantage on and last time they out-rebounded us. That can’t happen again if we want to win.” With only two games remaining after Ponderosa, home game against Pleasant Grove (7-0, 16-7) and St. Francis (4-3, 13-10), Wolking is looking for effort out of his team. He’s seen it all season and doesn’t expect anything different as the season comes to an end. “Where we are in the league, I’m just looking for effort,” Wolking said. “We want to make the other team know they’re in a game. We played with Oak Ridge a little longer Friday than we did the first time and against Sheldon (earlier in the week) we let the game slip away in the third quarter. Our mindset is good; we just have to put the ball in the basket.” On Friday the Lady Bulldogs trailed Oak Ridge, 15-3, after one quarter, but the team kept working and kept the game close, outscoring Oak Ridge 14-13 in the second quarter and trailed at halftime by 11, 28-17. “I say it all the time, but these girls play hard and I’m proud of their effort,” Wolking said. “If teams sleep when they play us they will get beat. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket tonight.” Oak Ridge quickly built up a double-digit lead in the first quarter, as they converted multiple Folsom turnovers into points. Leading 8-3, Oak Ridge scored the final seven points of the quarter, while Folsom committed six of their 24 turnovers of the game. Christy Bolton nailed a three-pointer early in the second quarter to jump start the Lady Bulldogs. Kate Whitney followed with a pair of baskets, Jenny Hackelman drained a three and Alex Washington’s bucket made the score 23-15 late in the half. The Lady Trojans came out strong in the third quarter to finish off Folsom, outscoring them 14-7 to take control of the game on their way to a 20-point win. “They had a nice spurt their in the third quarter,” Wolking said. “Our rebounding is hurting us, as we routinely give up 15 offensive rebounds a game and tonight it was 22. They also made 14-of-18 free throws and we only made 6-of-12.” Whitney led Folsom with eight points, while Hackelman scored six, Danielle DaCosta had five and Bolton finished with four. “When a team like Oak Ridge leaves the press on all game that means we’re competing with them and that’s good for a young team like us,” Wolking said. “We hung with them a little longer tonight than we did the first time we played them.” Folsom also trailed Sheldon by 11 at halftime on Jan. 31, 33-22, but were outscored 20-6 in the third quarter and never challenged again.