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Vista girls handle Folsom, 45-27

By: By Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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The cross-town rivalry was competitive early on, but the Vista del Lago girls’ basketball team eventually strolled to a 45-27 victory over visiting Folsom on Thursday night.
 
Caprina Pipion led all scorers with 14 points, adding six rebounds and a block to lead the Eagles by the Bulldogs. An 11-11 tie in the second quarter was squashed in the third as Vista outscored its rival 19-5.
 
The win was Vista’s (7-7) third in its last four games, while Folsom (5-10) has lost three of its last four. Despite losing to Folsom last season, Vista has won four of five games in the series.
 
“We’re cross-town rivals, but we’re both Folsom schools. It’s not as much a rivalry as it was just a good game that we wanted to win,” said Pipion.
 
It was easy for Pipion and her center, Rebecca Stephens, to dismiss the rivalry. Folsom matched its 11 points in the second half with 11 turnovers and just three assists.
 
“I know Folsom is not a very strong team this year, so the only pressure was from our coach [Marty Benjamin] because he coached there last year,” said Stephens. “It was an important game for him so we all came out and supported him in that way.”
 
Stephens provided plenty of support with seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. Stephanie Clawson and Stephens each put in six points in the third quarter push. Clawson finished with eight points and five steals.
 
The fourth quarter, however, was ugly on all accounts. Vista only scored two points, both teams turned the ball over six times and Folsom received two technical fouls.
 
Danielle DaCosta’s play was a highlight for Folsom. She was the only Bulldog in double digits with 10 points, adding five rebounds and two steals.
 
Preseason has been rough, according to DaCosta. She also said she expects league to be even tougher.
 
Tessa Caruso and Grace Kim both put in six points for the Bulldogs. Freshman point guard standout Tori Harris fouled out in the fourth quarter with two points, four rebounds and three assists.
 
The city of Folsom’s two teams are headed in seemingly opposite directions this season. Vista could be headed to the postseason for the first time since 2009, having already destroyed one league opponent, Galt, in tournament play.
 
“We should have a pretty darn good season; it should be pretty awesome,” said Pipion.
 
Folsom heads into Division I league play having been held to less than 40 points six times this season.
 
“We’ve got a lot of underclassmen who don’t really know just how competitive our league is, so if we can build their confidence and get some experience then we should be OK," said DaCosta.