League races are starting to heat up with two games this week involving four teams ranked in The Bee’s top 5.
No. 3 Nevada Union (14-4) hosts No. 5 Del Oro (14-4) on Wednesday in Sierra Foothill League play, with the winner getting the inside track to the league title. In the Metropolitan Conference, top-ranked Sacramento (9-6) plays at No. 2 McClatchy (15-1) on Thursday.
Nevada Union beat previous No. 2 Oak Ridge 60-50 on Saturday after the Trojans won their first matchup, a nonleague game on Dec. 14.
In Saturday’s victory, Sydney Porter led Nevada Union with 24 points, Emma Peterson scored 16 and Sammy DeHart added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Nevada Union and Del Oro are 3-0 in the SFL. Nevada Union is the defending league champion after halting the Golden Eagles’ run of eight consecutive SFL championships that included a 63-game league winning streak.
The Golden Eagles have three solid scorers with senior Mia Maglinte and juniors Lauren Heyn and Hannah Jordan, who all average double figures.
Maglinte leads the team with 27 3-pointers, Jordan is shooting 55 percent from the field, and Heyn has eight double doubles, including 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 73-58 win over Granite Bay last week.
McClatchy beat Vanden 59-53 in the Martin Luther King Showcase in Stockton on Saturday. Freshman Jordan Cruz had 11 points in the fourth quarter for the Lions.
Sacramento has bounced back from a six-game losing streak, all of the losses coming against state or nationally ranked powers, with a six-game winning streak, including Saturday’s 65-40 victory over No. 18 Monterey Trail in the MLK Showcase.
Sophomore Alceah Hernandez led Sacramento with 21 points, and Ayanna Edwards had 11 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks.
CBS injury – No. 8 Christian Brothers beat Redwood of Visalia 65-58 on Saturday in the MLK Showcase, but guard Dominque Hart-McNeely re-injured her right shoulder with just over a minute to play and was helped off the court.
Tri-County race – In the Tri-County Conference, Inderkum and Pioneer play Wednesday in a battle of league unbeatens.
Inderkum (9-10) started 2-7, with five of the losses against Top 20 teams, including Sacramento, McClatchy and Oak Ridge. Junior Kyliyah Daniel leads the Tigers in scoring at 12.5 points.
Pioneer beat defending TCC champion River Valley 60-58 to open league play Jan. 10 and had blowout victories over Yuba City and Natomas last week.
Stats and facts – Elk Grove sophomore guard Madison Wong leads the state with 75 3-pointers through 18 games, according to MaxPreps.
• Sacramento Waldorf sophomore Lilli Olson leads the Sac-Joaquin Section with 15.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks a game. Waldorf beat Foresthill 51-21 last week behind Olson’s 25 points and 21 rebounds.
• Rosemont sophomore Gracie Colaivalu is averaging 17.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 7.4 steals and 6.4 assists – and impressing area coaches. Said Florin’s Larry Price: “I think she’s the real deal. I think she makes the rest of her teammates better.”
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