Vista wins second straight game

By: Brett Ransford/Telegraph Correspondent
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Don’t count out the girls up at Vista del Lago just yet. The Eagles girls’ basketball team won its second straight Sierra Valley Conference game on Tuesday night against Galt, 56-40. A team which was recently 1-6 at the bottom of its league, Vista is now tied with Union Mine (3-6) in a fight for a potential playoff berth with a trio of top competitors ahead. In the second to last home game of the regular season, the Eagles were led by the continued success of their star player and senior captain guard, Elizabeth Freese. The lone senior has done her title justice, captaining two consecutive games with 21 points and leading Vista toward a dead heat in the coming week. Against Galt, she posted game highs in points, steals and free throws, finishing 8-of-10 from the foul line, grabbing eight steals and had two assists with just one turnover. “It definitely feels good to have our work pay off, because we’ve wanted this for awhile,” said Freese. “We have to keep winning and get a spot in the playoffs, because it’s my senior year and I don’t want to stop playing.” Vista had previously lost six straight, extending back to a 63-60 loss at Galt on Jan. 13. For Freese and the Eagles, it appears the team’s collective fortune of late is tied to the number 21. “I’m really just going out and accepting passes from my teammates. It’s an all out team effort,” added Freese. “We definitely need someone to score points, but we work together as a team on defense.” True to her words the Eagles got their retribution on Galt by way of 25 steals. Galt was also held to eight and nine points in the third and fourth quarters. Caprina Pipion contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and seven steals, while Ezenia Coleman had 10 points, with five steals and 8-of-10 free throws. The last-second hero of the Cosumnes Oaks game on Friday, Hailey Coburn, had nine points and six rebounds. Coach Swan Wainwright said upcoming games against Liberty Ranch (5-3), Union Mine (3-6) and River City (10-0) present fighting chances to march up the league standings. “It took us awhile to get to this point, or this mindset, and realize we can really win some games,” said Wainwright. “We feel without a doubt that we can get the rest of these games. I always feel like that with this team.” On Friday the Eagles host Liberty Ranch at 7:30 p.m. in Folsom. The Senior Night game will celebrate Freese, a four-year varsity player, who has delivered her team yet another chance at a playoff run.