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Wednesday, Jan. 23 Girls Basketball
Bradshaw Christian (Sacramento) at Union Mine
Forget the non-league and overall record of Bradshaw Christian (10-11). Head coach Michael Ruble took his girls to the Nike Tournament of Champions in Arizona and the West Coast Jamboree and they have played both St. Mary’s of Stockton and Clovis West of Fresno. The Pride come into this game at 5-0 in the Sierra Valley Conference and probably will go unbeaten in league with a win at Union Mine. When the two teams played a few weeks ago at Bradshaw, the home team won 56-55. Anaya Mejia tossed in 28 points for the Pride in that game and leads the team in scoring at 18.2 ppg. Union Mine has a top stat star as well in junior Alli McDonald. On Jan. 11, she had 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine steals for a near-triple double against Galt and is hitting at 23 points per game. Carley Zaragoza also has a 19.5 ppg scoring mark for the Diamondbacks.
Friday, Jan. 25 Boys Basketball
Folsom at Rocklin
This will be the second straight week for Rocklin in the Fantag Game of the Week slate. That’s mainly because we haven’t yet featured Folsom and this is the week the Bulldogs are traveling to play the Thunder. Rocklin improved to 21-2 with a 67-59 triumph at Whitney last Friday and should be rested with no games until this one. Folsom moved up to No. 1 in this week’s Sacramento Bee rankings, but is still behind Sheldon in the state rankings despite Sheldon’s loss last week to Franklin due to other results and head-to-head scores of other teams throughout the state. The Bulldogs (18-5) beat Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills last Friday, 67-65, behind 19 points from forward DeShawn Lynch and 15 from Jalen Scott. Rocklin will enter this game at No. 3 in the Sac Bee rankings and will be looking to avenge an earlier 70-51 loss. Folsom already this season has won two games against teams that were No. 2 by the Sac Bee at the time, including that earlier game at home vs. Rocklin. The other similar win came early in the season against Whitney.
Monday, Jan. 28 Girls Basketball
Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove) at Bear Creek (Stockton)
While a case could be made for the Folsom boys to be No. 1 for CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, the same can be true for the Bear Creek girls. Even though the Bruins just lost twice in MLK events — to Cardinal Newman of Santa Rosa and St. Joseph Notre Dame of Alameda — both of those teams are from outside of the section. Head coach Anthony Matthews’ girls haven’t lost to any teams from the SJS and that includes a win in early December over Antelope at the Rocklin tourney. Antelope still hasn’t lost since then and is No. 1 according to the Sacramento Bee. The Bruins are led by one of the top sophomores in California in point guard Mya Blake, who is knocking down 22.5 ppg. Senior Deyliana Lewis also has been a great presence for Bear Creek with 12.9 points and eight rebounds per game. For Cosumnes Oaks, the Wolfpack improved to 8-0 in the Delta League on Tuesday night of this week with a win against St. Francis of Sacramento. In a win last Friday vs. Davis, Jordyn Rosette netted 15 points and had eight rebounds. Cosumnes Oaks girls head coach Patrick Roth recently coached the CO boys to a CIF SJS D2 title and now he’s trying to build up the school’s girls program.
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