Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday's Scores - EG Heading To Semi-finals at UOP Tuesday

Walked into Cartwright Gym Tuesday night ready to watch the Lady Herd take on Bella Vista in round two of the Sac-Joaquin Section's Division II girls playoffs. But, the Broncos weren't there, Pitman was.

Huh? Is this the wrong game, wrong night? No, Brian Benson, the game announcer, assured me. Bella Vista forfeited their win Tuesday over the Pride, so Pitman got one more game. Apparently the Broncos played a girl who was academically ineligible and reported the infraction to Section officials. The results of the 57-32 defeat at Bella Vista was reversed and Pitman got its first-ever playoff win in girls basketball.

They should have stayed home in Turlock Thursday night. The Pride were completely out-classed by the Thundering Herd. Elk Grove's ball-hawking defense and fast-break were too much as they cruised to a 67-30 win.
Mira Shulman who had 21 pts in Elk Grove's win Thursday

It means the Herd is now in the Section semi-finals which will be played Tuesday at the University of the Pacific and have also assured themselves of a spot in the CIF Northern California Regional Tournament in a couple weeks. Elk Grove will take on Vanden, 66-33 winners over Roseville Thursday, for the right to advance to Sleep Train Arena March 5 for the Division II championship game.

The Herd was led by Mira Shulman's 21 points. Paiton Demps scored 17 points while Madison Wong added 16. The win was Elk Grove's 20th of the season against nine losses.

Elk Grove led 18-6 after one period then scored the first 19 points of the second quarter and when Pitman finally hit a bucket with 2:45 remaining in the half, it was 37-6, Herd.

Thursday's Scores:

SJS Div. I - Girls
St. Mary's 113, Modesto Christian 43
Oak Ridge 40, McClatchy 33
Folsom 44, Golden Valley 41
St. Francis 67, Lincoln-Stockton 62 (Kyra Huffman 18 pts, Lauren Craig 17 pts)

SJS Div. II - Girls
Sacramento 71, Ponderosa 53
Elk Grove 67, Pitman 30
Vanden 66, Roseville 33
Antelope 72, Rocklin 39

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