It’s been a good winter to achieve basketball milestones.
McKenzie Forbes of Folsom, The Bee’s top-ranked girls basketball team, has eclipsed the 1,800-point mark. The four-year starting guard headed to Cal is propelling the Bulldogs to their greatest season.
Not to be outdone, brother Mason Forbes passed the 1,000-point mark for the third-ranked boys program. The Harvard-bound center is a four-year varsity player, like his sister, but is more of a defensive stopper.
Kelsey Forrester also went over 1,600 points this season. The four-year starting guard has led No. 14 Davis to a tie atop the Delta League standings with No. 12 St. Francis as league play concludes this week.
RyAnne Walters of No. 3 Sacramento went over the 1,000-point mark, and the junior guard will be a focal point when the Dragons host No. 2 McClatchy in the Metropolitan Conference finale Wednesday with the league title at stake.
And then there’s Elena Hall. The four-year starting guard/forward for Capital Christian eclipsed 1,500 points while achieving her first triple-double with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 steals in a win over Natomas last week.
Coached by Suzanne Baker, the Cougars seek their sixth successive trip to the section Division V finals and their third title since 2015.
Last week was also a triumphant one for Capital Christian forward Destiny Walker. In her first game of the season after suffering a torn ACL, the senior had seven points and seven rebounds in a win over Marysville, one in which Hall had 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Since most area teams decline to report statistics to MaxPreps.com – a site created and designed long ago for programs to do so – it’s impossible to gauge these players against others. Coaches in recent years have increasingly refused to input stats in an effort to hide scoring, rebounding and shooting percentages, or in spite of other coaches who do so.
Streaking – Valley Christian Academy of Roseville capped its Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League season at 12-0 and is 21-5 overall. The Lions loom as the likely top seed in the D-VI playoffs.
VCA has won 68 consecutive league games. Marissa Flood leads the team in scoring at 12.8 a game, followed by Cloe Gunter (11.6) and Kylie Dillman (10.8). Gunter is the daughter of longtime VCA boys basketball and baseball coach Brad Gunter.
Title time – No. 8 Antelope plays host to No. 7 Cosumnes Oaks for the Capital Valley Conference title with No. 9 Whitney also in the mix for the title.
Cosumnes Oaks beat Antelope 70-52 on Jan. 23 behind 24 points by Arionna Butts and 12 from Jordyn Rosette.
Franklin has surged of late, climbing from No. 11 to No. 5 in The Bee rankings, punctuated by a 76-73 overtime win at previous No. 4 Jesuit, now ranked sixth.
The Wildcats and coach Ken Manfredi are sudden factors in the D-I playoffs, having won seven of eight in Delta League play by sharing the ball and making just enough stops.
Huskies howl – Sheldon wrapped up its fourth consecutive Delta title and seventh in the last eight seasons under coach Joey Rollings, who also led the program to a section Division I four-peat earlier this decade and reached the NorCal Open Division finals last season.
The top-ranked Huskies have won 15 consecutive games, including beating rival Pleasant Grove 77-56 on Friday for the program’s 50th consecutive league win behind guards Dale Currie, Dom Johnson, Justin Nguyen and Kaito Williams.
Ranch rolls – No. 7 Liberty Ranch beat Cordova 79-64 to clinch the Sierra Valley Conference, avenging a 69-57 loss at Cordova on Jan. 23.
Jalen Patterson and Jaime Gonzalez led the way in the rematch with 24 points each for the Hawks, who expect to be a high seed in the D-IV playoffs. Coach Josh Williams has led the Galt school to a 23-3 record after going 27-6 in 2014-15, 30-2 in 2015-16 and 22-9 last season.
Patterson, a sophomore, and Chandler Garcia, a senior, have each surpassed the career 1,000-point mark this season.
Déjà vu – Bella Vista will conclude its season Wednesday, which will be a double dose of emotion for coach David Gonzalez. His son, Grant, a senior guard, has been the leading scorer for the Broncos at 17.4 a game, including going for 33 in a 75-71 loss to No. 15 Del Campo on Friday. He had 24 in a 69-62 loss to No. 8 Antelope on Feb. 5.
Grant Gonzalez’s finale will be at Moeller Gym, home of the No. 17 Tigers and coach Gonzalez, whose prep finale was also at the gym for Roseville in 1985 when he played for his father, Paul.
“As I personally know, it’s not easy to play for your dad,” the coach said. “Grant and I don’t always see eye-to-eye, but I couldn’t be more proud of him this season.”
Grant is a co-captain along with fellow guard Stanley Harms, who averages 13.3 points a game.
Bee All-Metro stars Blayden Brown, a linebacker, and Tyler Geide, a center, signed with NAIA powerhouse Southern Oregon, which has been a haven for regional recruits this decade.
▪ Sacramento High stars Anthony Bradley, a receiver, and EJ Larry, a linebacker, signed with Western Oregon after powering the Dragons to the Division II playoffs.
The Bee’s Top 20
With last week’s ranking in parentheses.
1. Folsom (1) 22-3
2. McClatchy (2) 20-5
3. Sacramento (3) 16-9
4. West Campus (4) 19-7
5. Oak Ridge (5) 14-11
6. Union Mine (6) 24-1
7. Cosumnes Oaks (8) 21-3
8. Antelope (9) 19-5
9. Whitney (7) 18-7
10. Foothill (10) 22-3
11. St. Francis (11) 16-10
12. Christian Brothers (12) 18-7
13. Elk Grove (15) 16-10
14. Davis (16) 16-10
15. Colfax (13) 21-4
16. Del Oro (14) 17-8
17. Roseville (17) 17-8
18. Franklin (18) 14-9
19. Placer (19) 16-9
20. River Valley (–) 19-7
Dropped out: Inderkum
1. Sheldon (1) 22-4
2. Capital Christian (2) 19-7
3. Folsom (3) 21-4
4. Sacramento (5) 21-4
5. Franklin (11) 18-8
6. Jesuit (4) 20-6
7. Liberty Ranch (9) 23-3
8. Whitney (10) 19-6
9. Antelope (7) 20-5
10. Del Oro (8) 17-8
11. Oak Ridge (6) 15-8
12. Grant (12) 18-8
13. Burbank (13) 17-6
14. Roseville (14) 16-6
15. Del Campo (15) 18-7
16. Woodcreek (16) 16-9
17. Colfax (17) 19-7
18. Placer (19) 19-7
19. River Valley (20) 18-7
20. Rio Americano (–) 16-9
Dropped out: West Campus