Colomb, Milhous carry Lady Miners down low
Sitting 15th in the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Division II power ratings, Nevada Union’s Lady Miners know their margin for error is pretty slim down the backstretch of the Sierra Foothill League season.
But with Thursday’s 55-47 win over Granite Bay at Ali Gymnasium, the Lady Miners might have just given themselves a bit of breathing room.
Not that they’re exactly ready to exhale just yet.
“We know that any win at this point is going to be tough to come by,” said NU coach John McDaniel. “Anytime you get away with a win in the SFL, it’s big. It’s something we don’t take for granted. That’s for sure.”
The Lady Miners, who moved to 12-10 overall and 5-3 in the SFL, got a big break before the game was even tipped off. Granite Bay senior forward Sarah Sciascia, who averages 16.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, was sidelined for the second straight game with a hip injury.
Sciascia scored 18 against the Lady Miners in Granite Bay’s 42-35 win over NU in the first league meeting.
“At the beginning of the week we were hoping to get her back for (Thursday’s) game,” said Granite Bay coach Melissa Triebwasser. “She also missed the Roseville game, but she should be ready to go next week.”
Early on, it looked as though Nevada Union would take full advantage of Sciascia’s absence, running out to a 16-8 lead in the opening quarter.
But a five-minute offensive dryspell on NU’s end allowed the Grizzlies to climb back into the contest in the second quarter. Granite Bay’s Shelbi Tooley hit a pair of free throws to push ahead 22-19 at the 3:35 mark.
“I actually thought they played us harder up here, energy wise,” said McDaniel. “I think that’s a team that relies on (Sciascia) heavily. And with her not there, I think they realize that they’ve got to step up.”
It was the Lady Miners, though, who stepped up to secure control of the game before the end of the half. After scoring just two points through the first 5 1/2 minutes of the period, NU scored 10 over the final 2 1/2 minutes before the break.
NU never trailed again.
Audrianna Colomb drained a baseline jumper with 2:21 to go to end the drought, before her senior classmate Jordan Milhous scored five of her game-high 17 points to lead the Lady Miners to a 29-23 lead at the half.
Milhous also had a huge night on the glass, tearing down a game high 14 rebounds.
“I thought Jordan played real well,” said Triebwasser. “Every time we would get momentum, it seemed like she would make a great play.”
Colomb also finished with a big night, scoring 10 points to go along with seven rebounds.
“Tonight we had a lot of points down low, but usually we hit a lot of outside shots,” Colomb said. “Tonight, though, we got the rebound and put them back up.”
The Lady Miners finished the night on 20-of-61 shooting from the floor, but 13 of the team’s 34 rebounds came on the offensive end, including eight offensive boards from Milhous. On the opposite end, Granite Bay not only missed Sciascia’s scoring, but also her glasswork as the Grizzlies totaled 27 rebounds on the night.
Granite Bay (15-9, 5-4 SFL) was led by Laura Preston’s 12 points, while Jessica Miller added 10 and Tooley scored eight. Libby Jelinek scored three points in the game, but grabbed a team-high 10 boards.
Along with the frontcourt play of Colomb and Milhous, Nevada Union also got 10 points from senior Angela Hacche, including 3-of-3 shooting in the first half. Sophomore Lindsey DeMatteis added nine points and five rebounds for the Lady Miners, while Jennie Carroll, Alyssa Rodriguez and Ashley Simpton each scored three points.
Next up for Nevada Union is Tuesday’s home game with Rocklin (9-12, 3-5), which the Lady Miners defeated 55-43 on Jan. 15. From there, a road trip to Del Oro (18-3, 7-0) and home game with Woodcreek (16-6, 5-3) still loom before the regular-season finale at Oakmont (11-2, 1-7) on Feb. 18.
JV: Nevada Union 42, Granite Bay 29
Jordan Graham and Cheyenne Toney each scored seven points to lead a balanced offensive attack for Nevada Union’s junior varsity team in a SFL win over Granite Bay Thursday.
Toney also totaled 14 rebounds in the victory.
Jami Eiring had six points and Tessa Devere scored six points and grabbed six rebounds for Nevada Union.
NU’s junior varsity improved to 17-5 overall and 6-2 in the SFL.
Frosh: Nevada Union 67, Granite Bay 36
Olivia Gulsvig scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and snagged five steals to lead NU’s freshmen girls to their fifth-straight victory Thursday.
Kendall Clark added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Sarina Orellana added four points and eight boards.
NU’s freshmen improved to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in the SFL.
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