Grizzlies charge into tournament final

Valley Christian wins Napa tourney; Oakmont girls fall in Lincoln final
By: Staff reports
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Granite Bay High School shot to a big early lead and went on to defeat Campolindo of Moraga 64-47 on Monday in the semifinals of the Mission Prep Christmas Classic in San Luis Obispo.

The Grizzlies (11-1) are scheduled to play Mission Hills tonight in the championship game of the Elite bracket.

Granite Bay stormed to a 27-3 lead against Campolindo. Robert Duncan scored a game-high 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and Jon Davis scored 16 points. Point guard Jacob Keys had four assists and four steals.

Valley Christian wins tourney – Valley Christian (10-2) won two games Saturday to capture the Jesse West Trinity Prep Winter Classic in Napa but lost a contact in the process.

Two teams dropped out late, leaving the Lions to bomb Summerfield Waldorf of Santa Rosa 79-43 and Auburn Christian 80-39 for the championship. While Valley Christian didn’t lose a game on the scoreboard, it lost one on the schedule.

Junior Jason Gish led the Lions with 19 points against Summerfield. Joey Parker scored 13 and Josh Bowden 12, and 10 of 13 Lions players scored.

Gish scored 19 again as Valley Christian led previously unbeaten Auburn Christian (7-1) 50-23 at halftime. Jeremy Tyller scored 10, and 11 players scored for the Lions.

Valley Christian came back Monday night to win at Forest Lake 83-46. The Lions led 25-7 after one quarter, and their big men combined for 53 points, including 18 by 6-foot-7 center Jesse Peters. Josh Flanagan scored 13 points, Aaron Perchaz 12 and Tyller 11.


Girls varsity

Oakmont falls in Lincoln final – Oakmont won its first two games in the Chavez Christmas Classic in Lincoln before losing to Rio Linda 47-39 in the championship game Saturday night.

The Vikings (6-2) cruised past Forest Lake Christian 59-22 in their opener, then rolled past host Lincoln 53-22, as Shelby Kelch combined for 37 points in the wins. Freshman Emilee Gavia scored 11 against Forest Lake, and nine of 11 Vikings scored against Lincoln.

Oakmont led 15-6 after one period in the championship game, as Brittany Martin scored five points. The Vikings led 31-23 after three quarters but were outscored 24-8 in the fourth.

“We stopped playing as a team,” Oakmont coach Al Voigt said in an e-mail. “Individually, we tried to make the big play instead of making the ones right in front of us.”

Kelch and Jennifer Gong were selected to the all-tournament team.

Oakmont returned to action Monday night and defeated Liberty Ranch 52-46 in Galt. Kelch picked up her fourth foul in the second period, but Gong made two three-pointers in the third quarter and Nicki Holm made one.

Olivia Francis led a defensive charge in the fourth quarter that didn’t allow a point by the home team until 3:37 remained. Gong had four assists and shut down Liberty Ranch’s top scorer, and Sabrina Ali went 7 for 7 from the foul line and scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the last quarter.

Woodcreek 52, Lincoln 21 – The Timberwolves opened a 16-0 lead en route to an easy victory over the Zebras. Jolene Chanco led Woodcreek with 13 points, and Christina Mandich scored 10. Kylie Henry came off the bench to score nine points.

The Timberwolves won their first-round game in the Lady Eagle Invitational at Del Oro before losing to Colfax 49-41 in the semifinals and to Pleasant Valley 50-27 in the third-place game Saturday.


JV boys basketball

Two titles for Grizzlies – Granite Bay is off to a 9-0 start this season, including championships in the Vista del Lago and Rocklin tournaments. Blake Allen was named the MVP of the Rocklin tournament, and Daniel Romero was selected all-tournament at Rocklin.

Granite Bay defeated Franklin, Sheldon and Folsom in the championship of the Vista Del Lago tournament. At Rocklin, the Grizzlies beat Pleasant Valley, Rocklin and Nevada Union in the final.

The Grizzlies will play in the Mesa Verde tournament from Dec. 28-30.


Freshman girls basketball

Roseville 23, Sacramento 20 – The Tigers (5-3) held the Dragons scoreless in the middle two quarters and won their fifth game in a row. Natalia Espino scored 11 points for Roseville, which was without three starters.

Roseville 41, River City 31 – The Tigers took a 21-5 halftime lead, and Baylee Spencer scored 15 points. Natalia Espino had six for Roseville.