County teams cruise
Meaghan Noud scored a team-high 23 points and Kayla Smith scored a career-best 10 points off the bench in the Bear River girls basketball team’s 77-36 win over Sonora Thursday, advancing in the Lady Eagles Invitational at Del Oro High School (Loomis).
Bear River (6-0 overall), which won the Reno Elite 8 Tournament six days ago, faces St.Francis (Sacramento) in a rematch of last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III title game at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Bear River came up short in that showdown in Arco Arena last March, and head coach Duwaine Ganskie said, while the defending champs have lost key players from last year’s team, they’re still dangerous.
“They’re still a very solid team. They beat a very good Woodcreek (Roseville) team to get here,” Bear River head coach Duwaine Ganskie said of the defending champs.
The Lady Bruins dominated on both sides of the ball from the opening whistle to take a 43-13 lead into the break.
“We had a huge first quarter. Meghan Noud scored 10 points and Cassie Smith had seven (points),” Ganskie said. “We really played tough defense and we pushed the ball pretty well. Sonora’s really not a bad team, we just had four solid quarters.”
Cassie Smith finished with 13 points, including three three-pointers.
Maya Bryant scored 10 off the bench. Chelsea Haverty drained a pair threes to finish with seven points.
Nicole Scott, Liz Elders and Julie Fry each scored four points in the win.
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Caitlyn Kramer had 16 points and 10 rebounds in the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team’s 78-19 preseason win over host Franklin (Stockton) Thursday.
Brooke Hodges led the way for the Lady Falcons with 17 points.
Olympia Jacobs finished with 11 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Chrysten Cotney totaled 10 points and a team-high seven assists.
Lauren Jackson blocked three shots and tallied a team-high 11 rebounds in the win.
FLC JV wins – Jeanee Gonet scored a team-high 18 points, including for three-pointers, and MacKenzie Deneer added 12 points to lead the Lady Falcon junior varsity to a 46-34 win over Vintage (Napa) in the first round of Tokay High School’s Rumble in the Jungle Tournament in Lodi Thursday.
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