Valley Christian girls win with power in reserve

Granite Bay JV boys, girls now 12-0 after winning tournaments; Grizzlies win JV Lynch Invitational; free throw contest, basketball clinic scheduled for Sunday
By: Staff reports
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With one starter and four reserves on the floor at the end, Valley Christian Academy defeated visiting Woodland Christian 48-36 on Thursday night in its final nonleague tuneup.

The Lady Lions (10-4) play host to Sacramento Country Day at 6 p.m. Friday in their Sacramento Metro Athletic League opener.

Heather Frank scored a game-high 21 points for Valley Christian, and junior Jessi Avila stepped in and contributed strong defense while playing the entire game for a team missing three players.

Frank, Sam Shoemake and Emily Flood fouled out, leaving Carly Gish as the only Lady Lions starter on the floor at the end. Gish scored 10 points and Shoemake eight.

Varsity boys
Woodcreek 70, Paradise 55
– The Timberwolves (14-2) took a 24-8 lead after the first quarter on their way to winning the third-place game in the Whitney Winter Classic.

John Peska led all scorers with 20 points and totaled 73 in three tournament games. Jamie Geyer scored 14 points, Devin Murphy 12 and Tyler Milani 10 for Woodcreek, which plays at 7 p.m. Friday at Oakmont in a rematch of the Rocklin Holiday Tournament championship, won by the Timberwolves 65-34 on Dec. 18.

Junior varsity boys
Granite Bay wins tournament
– The Grizzlies defeated El Camino 61-43 on Thursday to win the Mesa Verde tournament. Granite Bay outscored the Eagles 17-6 in the first quarter and 18-6 in the final period to record their third blowout victory in the tournament. The Grizzlies defeated Valley 79-41 and Lodi 62-37 en route to the final.

Granite Bay improved to 12-0 and won its third tournament championship this season. Anthony Pedersen was selected as the tournament’s MVP, and Chase Pedone, Sherron Bradford, Aidan Naughton and Jacob King were all-tournament picks.

Junior varsity girls
Grizzlies improve to 12-0
– Granite Bay won the Jan Vitell tournament with a 58-27 victory over Union Mine last Wednesday in Placerville. The Grizzlies also beat host El Dorado 60-39 and Ponderosa 62-48.

Freshmen Taylor Nelson and Jen Manduca totaled 52 and 47 points in the tournament. Manduca made 10 free throws against Ponderosa. Sophomore Gianetta France averaged 5.5 rebounds.

JV wrestling
Granite Bay wins invitational
– Following the lead set by the varsity one day earlier, host Granite Bay won the 10-team Mike Lynch Invitational on Thursday.

Freshman 130-pounder Jack Dotson registered a pin in the last match to give the Grizzlies a 36-30 victory over Lincoln in the final. Matt Berry, a 145-pounder, was undefeated wrestling up in weight at 152.

Pleasant Grove defeated Casa Roble for third place.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship
The local level of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at St. Rose gym on Vine Street in Roseville.
The competition has 10 divisions and is open to girls and boys ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1.

The competition will continue at district and state levels. Call (916) 765-7000 for information.

Basketball skills clinic Sunday in Lincoln
A free basketball skills clinic, hosted by 1% CLUB Basketball, is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 9, at the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Center in Lincoln. The clinic is for girls and boys in kindergarten through eighth grades and will be run by professional skills training specialist Jeremy Russotti (

Times are noon-1 p.m. for kindergarten through second grade, 1-2:30 p.m. for third through fifth grade and 2:30-4 p.m. for sixth through eighth grade.

Pre-registration isn’t required; just show up. For information, contact Philippe Doherty at (916) 529-2757 or