Local Roundup: FLC nets 10 3s in tourney
Taylor Kilgore and the Forest Lake Christian girls basketball team combined to knock down 10 3-pointers en route to a 49-46 victory Saturday morning against Acalanes during the eighth annual Acalanes Shootout in Lafayette.
Kilgore connected on four shots from beyond the arc and finished with 20 points to lead the Falcons (11-2) in the opening game of an all-day, seven-game showcase event hosted by Acalanes.
“That was a good, tough win against a Division III team in the Bay Area,” Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Kellar said.
The game, which tipped off at 10:30 a.m., was close throughout. Acalanes led 16-13 after one quarter and Forest Lake Christian led 26-24 at halftime.
It also featured a pair of talented senior guards: Molly Peterson of Acalanes, along with Kilgore. Peterson finished with 22 points for the Dons (8-9).
In addition to Kilgore, three other players contributed to Forest Lake Christian’s outside shooting onslaught. Jessica Clough hit three shots from beyond the arc to finish with nine points, while Katie Fletcher added nine with a pair of 3-pointers. Kayla Campora contributed five points with one 3-pointer.
Kylie Miraldi was an asset underneath the glass with her nine rebounds, while MacKenzie Deneen grabbed seven rebounds.
Among the featured games in the Acalanes Shootout lineup, El Cerrito (15-1) was a 60-53 victor against two-time defending state Division I champion Oakland Tech.
Sacramento Waldorf 63, Forest Lake Christian 62
Central Valley Christian League-leading Sacramento Waldorf capitalized on big plays down the stretch to outlast the Falcons in a back-and-forth battle.
“It was quite a high school basketball game,” Forest Lake Christian coach David Thomas said. “If I had been a fan, I would have found it to be a very entertaining game.”
As a coach, Thomas gave the Falcons high marks in every phase, with one exception.
“We played well in all aspects. We did all of the things we needed to do, we just didn’t finish,” he said. “The real difference was the turnover ratio. They had five turnovers, which really is incredible for a high school team, and we had 17. We normally take care of the ball fairly well, so that was a little bit high for us.”
By winning, Sacramento Waldorf improved its league record to 7-0. (The Waves are 14-1 overall and have won seven straight since losing against Del Campo on Dec. 30.) Forest Lake Christian dropped to 5-2 in league (10-8 overall).
Nate Holt, the Falcons’ 6-foot-8 senior post player, led all scorers with 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting from the field and 3-for-4 shooting from the line. Andrew Ritchart also contributed 16 points for the Falcons.
Sacramento Waldorf countered with its talented backcourt, led by senior Yui Ueno with 22 points, including a key steal that he converted into a layup and two free throws down the stretch.
Forest Lake Christian plays host Tuesday to Victory Christian.
“That’s an important game for us,” Thomas said. “Victory Christian only has one loss in league, so if we can win that game, there will be three teams with two losses chasing Waldorf going into the second round.”
Coaches may submit game reports for the Local Roundup by calling The Union at 477-4240.
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Another week on the track and another win for Brad Sweet.