Lady Bulldogs win nail-biter over Pleasant Grove

By: Jim Ratajczak, The Telegraph
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Thanks to a new and improved defensive game plan, the Lady Bulldogs pulled out a win over the Pleasant Grove Eagles on Friday night, 35-31. Forward Shelbyanne Terrio scored the game’s first points early in the first but beyond that, there wasn’t much scoring to be seen. Pleasant Grove, thanks to missed shots and sloppy passing, failed to score until nearly five minutes into the quarter and Folsom headed into the second with a 5-3 lead. In the second, both teams had ample opportunity to take a commanding lead with free throws. But Friday night proved that sometimes, not even the free throws are free. Pleasant Grove did take its one and only lead in the game with a score of 9-8 with 3:10 before the half but Courtney Boyle answered right back with a basket of her own to put Folsom back on top and the team took a 13-10 lead into the half. “I think we were just a little bit hesitant,” said Folsom head coach Beecher Sykes. “I had to challenge them a little bit. They really rose up to it.” And rise up the Lady Bulldogs did. With an offensive outburst in the third, Folsom seemingly put the game out of reach, 30-18 with one quarter of play left. The team held a 10-point advantage for most of the fourth but Pleasant Grove, thanks to a foul-happy Folsom team, rallied back to cut the lead to 33-31 with 1:22 left. Guard Juliet Casillas, though, made sure her team won by scoring with 10 seconds left and 35-31 was the final. “We were so aggressive we were fouling all over,” said Sykes. “But we were tough. At the end of the game, (Folsom) really wanted it.” With the win, Folsom ended its first week of league play with a 1-1 record after losing an ugly game to Monterey Trail on Tuesday, 54-36. The team is 9-9 overall. Sykes was pleased with the team’s victory but knows they’ll have to step it up if they want even a sniff of playoff action. “If we want to make the playoffs, we have to at least play .500 in league,” he said. “I want us to work hard and play better.” This week, Folsom faces two more league foes— Florin and Sheldon. “We need to work on rebounding,” said Sykes. “That’s going to be huge against Sheldon. We have to be very fundamental. I think our defense is going a good job. Now we have to focus on offense.”