Waves shoot out Falcons
On a night when the Forest Lake Christian and Sacramento Waldorf girls basketball teams went back and forth, while talented senior guards Jake Kelly and Taylor Kilgore exchanged clutch shots down the stretch, freshman guard Kristin Obregon was the one who stepped up and took the biggest shot of all Monday night.
Obregon drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 8 seconds remaining as the visiting Waves pulled out an exciting 58-55 Central Valley Christian League victory at Forest Lake Christian in a contest that featured 20 lead changes.
Kelly scored 33 points, including seven 3-pointers, to help the Waves improve their league-leading record to 7-0 (15-3 overall). Meanwhile, the Falcons dropped to 4-2 (11-3 overall) and now face an uphill road to defend their league championship.
“This is a tough loss for us,” Forest Lake Christian coach Steve Kellar said. “We played hard enough to win, if we had executed down the stretch. It’s about mental lapses, and we had some mental lapses at crucial times.”
There was no lack for excitement down the stretch, as the lead changed hands five times during the final 64 seconds.
Kelly knocked down a 3-pointer to give Waldorf a 52-51 lead with 1:04 remaining – the fourth time she had put the Waves ahead with a shot from beyond the arc. Kilgore answered with a pair of free throws to give the Falcons a 53-52 lead with 36.7 seconds showing on the clock. Kelly sank two free throws as the Waves regained the lead 54-53 with 30 seconds remaining. Then Kilgore drove the left side of the lane for a layup that put the Falcons on top 55-54 with 21.1 to go.
As it turned out, Forest Lake Christian’s lead still was not enough. After a timeout, the Waves set up their offense and Katia Cardenas got the ball to an open Obregon for the decisive shot. Obregon finished her night with 11 points, including a pair of treys.
“She was the second option, Jake was the first,” Waldorf assistant coach Rich Obregon said. “She was in a rhythm, she felt it and just took it. Being a freshman, she’s been anxious, but we’ve been telling her to be patient. This was big for her.”
The Falcons still had an opportunity to get off a last shot to tie or win, but Kelly intercepted the inbound pass and Lisa Lindhorst drew a foul with 2.3 seconds remaining. Lindhorst sank one of two free throws to account for the final three-point margin.
Even though Forest Lake Christian was coming off a hard-fought 49-46 win Saturday against Acalanes in the Bay Area, Kellar made no excuses for the loss.
“Give them credit. Jake played a terrific game and they played tough defense on Taylor,” he said. “And we just didn’t execute like we should have.”
Kilgore finished with 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half, to go with four assists. Kylie Miraldi also contributed 15 points and 17 rebounds.
“Kylie played a strong game,” Kellar said of Miraldi, who had 14 of her rebounds in the second half.
Katie Fletcher chipped in with nine points, including a stretch when she sank a 3-pointer and two free throws to give the Falcons a 48-47 lead, and MacKenzie Deneen added 10 rebounds.
“It was a very emotional game,” coach Obregon said. “There’s a good rivalry between these teams, a healthy rivalry. This was big for us; it’s been a few years since we’ve won up here.”
Forest Lake Christian, which hosts Victory Christian tonight, now trails Waldorf by two games in the league standings with the second round of the season still to come. Waldorf hosts Forest Lake Christian on Feb. 17 to end the regular season.
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Sacramento Waldorf 58, Forest Lake Christian 55
SW 14 14 13 17 – 58
FLC 14 12 13 16 – 55
Sacramento Waldorf (58): Morgan Roberts 0 2-2 2, Kristan Obregon 3 3-5 11, Danica Dicus 4 1-1 9, Jake Kelly 11 4-4 33, Lisa Lindhorst 1 1-1 3, Totals 19 11-13 58.
Forest Lake Christian (55): Jessica Clough 1 1-2 4, Taylor Kilgore 5 5-6 16, MacKenzie Deneen 3 0-2 6, Kylie Miraldi 6 3-5 15, Katie Fletcher 2 4-6 9, Tess Reed 1 0-1 2, Brittany Allen 1 1-2 3, Totals 19 14-24 55.
3-point goals: Waldorf 9 (Kelly 7, Obregon 2); Forest Lake Christian 3 (Clough, Kilgore, Fletcher 1). Fouled out: Roberts. Total fouls: SW 19, FLC 14. Technical fouls: None.
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