El Dorado’s fourth-quarter push to overtake visiting Cosumnes Oaks ran short of time Wednesday night as the Wolfpack held off the Cougars 43-38 in Sierra Valley Conference girls basketball action.
For most of the evening, El Dorado had difficulty hitting its shots — relying on sheer hustle and desire to stay close to Cosumnes. Key to the Wolfpack win was a bucket and 3-point play in a 28-second span coming out of a Cougar timeout.
“That hurt after we had cut the score to five with two minutes left and was an important swing (for them),” El Dorado coach Pat Winter said. “We definitely had our opportunities but just haven’t been able to finish. The bottom line is that if you can’t put the ball in the hoop you’ll have a tough time winning.”
Key in the Cougars’ loss was a 10-of-27 performance from the free throw line and the absence of point guard/captain Sabrina Tate who was plagued by foul trouble. She missed a chuck of time in the first half and all of the third quarter but showed her value with key steals and all five of her points in the fourth as El Dorado fought to catch up.
Cosumnes Oaks struggled to start and trailed 6-4 after the opening quarter but found its game to bolt to a 19-12 lead at the break. Cougar Hannah Dixon scored her team’s first eight points and finished with 10 overall.
El Dorado’s offense improved in the third quarter as Maddie Zuber scored five points as did Gina Samora who provided a lift off the bench along with Katryna Holyfield-Helm who added a pair of baskets.
Tate and Kylie Haverson split all of the Cougars’ 10 fourth quarter points. El Dorado had several inside opportunities it couldn’t convert, lost Zuber to fouls with 4:25 left and watched as the Wolfpack made 6-of-10 free throws to hold on.
Notes: El Dorado will celebrate its Senior Night tonight against Galt. The JV won 54-23 as Faith Wilson dropped in 14 points.