Vista drops non-league game to Rio Linda, preparing for Cosumnes Oaks Friday

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The latest in a string of six straight losses had the Vista del Lago girls’ basketball team hosting Rio Linda in a non-conference game on Tuesday night. Vista (1-6 in the Sierra Valley Conference, 3-18 overall) was hoping to forget its previous five losses in a row, but lost a double-digit lead once held in the first quarter and eventually fell 48-37. The visiting Lady Knights grabbed nine offensive boards in the second and another nine in the third and fourth quarters combined, squashing any chances of winning what Vista coach Swan Wainwright said was a must-win game. “Just to get some type of confidence,” said Wainwright. “We just need a win.” The Eagles have lost five consecutive league games since beating Cosumnes Oaks in overtime earlier this month, which evened their SVC record at 1-1. They were up 15-7 after one and 23-19 at halftime. The rest of the game was played on their heels. “I told them before the game, ‘We’ve got to win this game. I hate to put pressure on ya’ll, but we have to win this game.’ Then, through the course of the game, we played like a team saying, ‘I hope we don’t lose it,’ added said Wainwright. Rio Linda turned the ball over 19 times. Its shooting from three-point only landed 1-of-22. Those sure fire offensive boards, however, frustrated Vista away from its potential win. Elizabeth Freese led Vista scorers with 16 points, adding seven rebounds, two steals and no turnovers, which made her coach happy. “At this point in the season, our team knows where they need to be and they know what they need to be doing. The only thing left is to do it,” said Wainwright. Turnovers nearly doubled in the second half breakdown. Both teams shot 50 percent from the foul line. Vista hit 6-of-12. Rio Linda made 10-of-20, 6-of-7 in the fourth. The Knights grabbed double-digit defensive rebounds in the fourth, as Vista shot 1-of-9 from the field. Ezenia Coleman scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Caprina Pipion had six points and nine rebounds. Vista is back to SVC play on Friday in a game against Cosumnes at home in Folsom. The overtime win favored Vista 57-53 in the last meeting of the two schools. Chances for a second league win for either school likely rests in the rematch.