Lady Bulldogs win first game since Dec. 27

By: Matt Long
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After seven straight losses, Folsom High’s varsity girls’ basketball team defeated Sheldon, 57-53, on Friday for their first win since Dec. 27. Folsom (1-2, 7-13) led 47-38 after three quarters and held on for the win despite being outscored 15-10 in the fourth quarter. Nicole Clark and Julie Orr both scored four points in the quarter, while Brenna Crandell also added two points. The win was a huge relief for Folsom coach Lynn Wolking and his team. “It was great I’m telling you,” Wolking said. “It was like we won the Super Bowl. We needed a win in a big way and got one. We executed well and it was a good team effort. I don’t think we ever trailed, but it got tight there in the fourth quarter. We maintained our poise.” Folsom had three players reach double figures in points, as Crandell led the way with 16. Courtney Wolking finished with 14 points, while Orr had 11. Clark scored eight and added some big buckets in the fourth quarter. “It felt like winning that game took some weight off the girls’ shoulders,” Wolking said. “I think this win will give us a boost, no doubt about it. Sheldon played Pondo tight so I know we can compete with them.” Folsom faced Ponderosa on Tuesday. On Friday the team plays host to St. Francis. Bulldogs fall to Sheldon Folsom High varsity boys’ basketball coach Frank Horwath couldn’t have been much happier at halftime Friday night despite trailing Sheldon by nine points. His team, heavy underdogs on the road at Sheldon, was within striking distance of one of the area’s best teams, if not the best, and the Huskies’ best player, Darius Nelson, had four fouls. Unfortunately, the Huskies played even better in the third quarter without Nelson than they did in the first half with him, outscoring Folsom 22-7 in the quarter to take a 53-29 lead into the fourth quarter. The Huskies increased the lead even more in the final quarter, going on to win big 76-41. “I was satisfied at halftime, but I warned the kids not to let up and that Sheldon could be better in the second half without Nelson,” Folsom coach Frank Horwath said. “I also told them to take care of the ball, limit them to one shot and get it into a half-court game. The longer we stay in the game the more pressure is on Sheldon. “Unfortunately, we missed three layups and turned the ball over four times and they had the lead up to 17 pretty early in the third quarter.” Drew Whitney led Folsom with 12 points, while Rich Olpin finished with 11. “We’ve got Ponderosa on Wednesday and if we can beat them we’ll be 2-2 in league and that’s probably where we should be,” Horwath said. On Friday the Bulldogs travel to Jesuit.