Rough start continues for Ponderosa

By From page A9 | January 31, 2014

Bruins #11, Danielle Craft.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

SHINGLE SPRINGS — In a Delta River League girls basketball contest, Ponderosa lost to Sheldon, 67-33, at the Bruins’ gym Tuesday.

Ponderosa continued its rough start to league play, sliding to 0-4, and 10-11 for the season.

“Our goal is to get better against each opponent, the second time we face them this year,” said Ponderosa head coach Noel O’Donnell.

The score did get out of hand quickly against Sheldon, as Ponderosa was saddled with a 14-point deficit at 19-5 after eight minutes.

In the second quarter, Ponderosa lost its grip, as things continued to roll down hill as Sheldon jumped to a 35-9 lead. But a foul shot, followed by a deep two from Bruin guard Danielle Becker and a 3-point play from Danielle Craft gave the Lady Bruins some positive momentum with 6-0 run to make it 35-15. An added free throw from Sheldon moved the tally to 36-15 at halftime.

Sheldon’s quick-showing back court press slowly crept into a regular man-defense scheme that gave Ponderosa fits in the early going.

“We didn’t handle their man-press at the beginning, and we had a lot of trouble getting the ball in the hoop,” O’Donnell said.

The latter part of the coach’s statement held true for the whole contest. Even when Ponderosa began to break the press, the short shots were not up to snuff. Despite that setback, the Bruin  bench remained exuberant on every shot attempt, cheering for teammates and showing  emotional resilience in the game.

“We pride ourselves on sticking together,” O’Donnell said. “We have had trouble with that recently but tonight we really found our heartbeat as a team.”

The Bruins seemed more at ease in the second half, but Sheldon continued to punish the home team from beyond the arc, hitting 10 three-pointers at game’s end. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 48-24 and with 10 seconds left in the game, a Sheldon trey made sure the double-up remained intact, closing the game at 67-33.

Craft had 16 points for the Bruins, and Taylor Yancey contributed eight. Alex Boyle followed with four points, Sophia George and Becker had two each and Madison Clayton had one.

Yancey had 10 of the Bruins’ 39 rebounds.Ashlyn Zentner had eight boards, Craft seven, Alex Boyle five and Clayton four.

Jackson Long

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