New-look Falcons, familiar result
It’s not the same group that has dominated Division V girls basketball in Northern California the last couple years, but Forest Lake Christian started the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs similarly to it.
The No. 5 Falcons ended No. 12 Stockton Christian’s season by winning 71-24 at home Tuesday.
The game was all but over after the first quarter, when Forest Lake stunned the Eagles 23-0. But Forest Lake coach Steve Kellar wasn’t impressed with much of what he saw after that.
“They played lazy in the second half,” he said. “They were just lackadaisical.”
The Falcons outscored the Eagles 29-18 in the last two quarters. Eighteen of Stockton’s total points came from three-pointers.
“We were giving up shots we shouldn’t have,” Kellar said.
At least one Forest Lake player was doing her best to keep the Falcons rolling. Kylie Miraldi spent most of the second half grabbing rebounds, delivering precise passes and scoring. She finished with a game-high 20 points.
Even though she’s a sophomore, she remembers playing alongside former Falcon stars Brooke Hodges, who graduated last year, and Olympia Jacobs, who transferred to Nevada Union. Miraldi was also part of the team when Brittany Allen was one of the best in the Central Valley Christian League. Allen, now a senior, has spent most of this season on the bench after a bite by the injury bug.
“We can’t really compare to the team of last year,” Miraldi said. “We had a lot of leaders. We’ve had to battle more this year.”
The Falcons, now 21-6, finished third in the CVCL after winning it the last two years. In the 2003-2004 season they won state and last year lost in the NorCal final.
Forest Lake Christian plays at 7 p.m. Thursday at No. 4 Turlock Christian which beat Victory Christian 51-48 on Tuesday.
“It’s going to take people playing like a team to win, not by themselves,” Kellar said.
Taylor Kilgore, Tess Reed and Bethany Huusfeldt each scored 10.
Stockton Christian 0 6 12 6 – 24
Forest Lake Christian 23 19 15 14 – 71
STOCKTON CHRISTIAN (24)
Angela Ramonett 3 0-0 9, Jessica Montez 2 0-0 5, Janey Ricketts 2 0-0 6, Shanice Rasberry 0 2-4 2, Erica Thomas 1 0-0 2. Totals 8 2-4 24.
FOREST LAKE CHRISTIAN (71)
Katie Fletcher 1 0-0 2, Mackenzie Deneen 3 1-2 7, Jessica Clough 2 0-0 4, Taylor Kilgore 4 0-0 10, Tess Reed 5 0-0 10, Jessica Lockhart 1 0-0 3, Kylie Miraldi 10 0-1 20, Brittany Allen 2 0-0 5, Bethany Huusfeldt 4 2-4 10. Totals 32 3-7 71.
Three pointers: Stockton Christian 6 (Ramonett 3, Ricketts 2, Montez 1). Forest Lake Christian 4 (Kilgore 2, Clough 1, Allen 1).
Fouls: Stockton Christian 4, Forest Lake Christian 3. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: none.
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Another week on the track and another win for Brad Sweet.