FLC’s size, depth deliver loss to struggling Delta girls
Friday night’s opening tip off of the Forest Lake Christian-Delta varsity basketball doubleheader was a matchup one team fighting for higher seed in the playoffs and the other simply fighting to find some sort of success on the floor.
FLC’s varsity girls, who were rated eighth in this week’s Division V section power ratings, pounded Delta (1-18) with their size and depth for a 60-17 Central Valley Christian League rout.
The opening possession of the game summed things up in a nutshell for the Lady Falcons, who grabbed three offensive rebounds before scoring the first field goal of the night. FLC continued to pound away through the first quarter, taking a 15-3 lead by the 1:35 mark.
On the night, the Lady Falcons beat the outsized Saints 46-22 on the boards.
“It’s a unique year for us,” said FLC coach Linda Clough. “There have been times we’ve run a five-guard offense in the past. But we really do have legitimate post play by four girls this year. And we’re excited.”
Sophomore Maggie Aubuchon led way Friday with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Emily English had a six-point, 12-rebound night. Laura Ritchart scored eight points and grabbed five boards, while Emily Woodward scored five points and totaled five rebounds.
Sterling Marich score nine points, while Morghan Pomeroy and Molly Huusfeldt each scored six points.
As difficult of a time that Delta had down low, the Saints also found things tough in the backcourt with game total of 36 turnovers. Twenty four of those came in the first half, including 11 in the opening quarter when Delta finished 0-for-11 from the floor.
The win moved Forest Lake Christian to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in the CVCL. Three teams still stand in the way before the Falcons open playoff action, with a home game Tuesday against Sacramento Waldorf (15-8, 7-2) and road trips to Woodland Christian (4-14, 2-5) and Foresthill (8-5, 3-4) still looming.
“It seems that pretty much the die is cast,” Clough said of the playoff positioning. “I haven’t seen too much of an upset out there.
“The eighth seed is OK, which would mean we have a home game. And the way it looks, Turlock Christian (19-4) might be the second team we’d face. We saw them before in our own tournament. If we can play together as a team and stay composed and in control, we’ll be fine.”
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