Senior Night success
Nevada Union’s varsity girls basketball won its fourth straight game, and eighth of its last nine, Friday to close out the regular season with a second-place finish in Metro Conference play.
The Miners (19-6 overall, 9-3 Metro) downed Grant 70-46 on NU’s Homecoming and Senior Night, led by senior Ali Parrott’s 25 points.
“We moved the ball and executed really well, maybe our best half-court execution all year,” said NU head coach Craig Strohm. “I’ve always said a basketball season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
“We’ve been together since November 1st and you just try to build a strong fundamental base and build from there. At this time of the year, you should be able to react to just about everything.”
The Miners made the most of a balanced offensive attack, as three players reached double figures in scoring. Ali Daley had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Kayleigh Correll scored 11 points and dished off eight assists. Molly Compton grabbed 10 rebounds against Grant (6-20, 2-10 Metro).
With the win, the Miners assured themselves a home game in next Thursday’s opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs. Their opponent will be announced Sunday.
JV: Miners get 20th victory
Nevada Union’s junior varsity closed out its 2003-04 campaign with its 20th win, defeating Grant 60-33 Friday.
Marissa Herrera had 10 points to lead the Miners, who also got eight points each from Casey Rogers, Mackey Purkey and Traci Hart. Kai Ling Clark scored seven points, Belinda Carr had five and Sandy Gutierrez finished with four in a game that saw each Miner find the scoring column.
“These girls really achieved,” said NU JV coach Dan Murphey. “They had a tremendous end-of-the-season game tonight. I’m just so happy with this team. I’m a very happy coach tonight.”
NU closed out Metro Conference play at 10-2.
Bruins 24-0 in PVL play
Bear River’s varsity girls knew they had some added incentive in closing out their Pioneer Valley League slate unscathed Friday against the Oakmont Vikings.
Placer High, which was rated third in this week’s Division III power ratings – one spot ahead of Bear River – dropped its second game this week Thursday, falling to Roseville.
That meant a Bruin win Friday would result in two potential home games for Bear River in the section playoffs. Add in the fact that Bear River was celebrating its Homecoming Friday and suddenly there was plenty for the Bruins to play for in Bear River’s 68-30 victory.
“(Homecoming) made it an extra-special night. We had a big crowd and that made for a big night,” said Bruin head coach Duwaine Ganskie. “They tried to put on a show.”
Bruin fans were plenty entertained by the end of the opening quarter, as Bear River rolled out to a 23-0 lead at the first stop.
Things didn’t much better for Oakmont (10-17, 4-8). Allison Cooley had four 3-pointers in totaling 14 points, while Julie Fry and Chrysten Cotney each added 11 points.
The win also marked Bear River’s second-straight undefeated season in PVL action. The Bruins are 24-0 since joining the league in the 2002-03 season.
FLC golfers card win
Forest Lake Christian’s varsity golf team defeated Capital Christian at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento Friday, scoring a 244-279 win.
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EL DORADO — Nevada Union’s up and down season continued Friday night as the Miners struggled mightily in a 41-7 loss to the Union Mine Diamondbacks.