Friday, April 24, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Fortunately for cold-shooting DHS, defense carries the day

By
From page B1 | January 22, 2014 |

0122GirlsBkb1w

DHS guard Anna Belenis (2) dishes to a Blue Devil teammate looking for one of her five assists in Tuesday's 53-42 victory over Franklin at The Cage. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

It wasn’t art, but Davis High handled visiting Franklin, 53-42, in a Delta Valley Conference girls basketball crucial on Tuesday at The Cage.

The relentless Lady Blue Devils used their devastating half-court pressure to keep the Wildcats (12-7, 1-1) at arm’s length. DHS improved to 12-6 overall and 2-0 in league.

But a frustrating shooting night kept this one from being a blowout.

The Devils hit less than one of three shots (31 percent), including a miserable 28 percent in the paint.

“We had a lid on the hoop for a little bit,” Davis coach Karen Foster said after watching a 19-point second-half lead evaporate to 49-42 with 1:36 remaining.

“We were racking up some offensive boards, but we just couldn’t finish. We shoot those (inside) shots every practice … 150 of them, 200. I don’t know. Unlucky?”

Hardly …

With the suffocating defense employed night-in, night-out by the locals, these Blue Devils can afford occasional poor offensive showings. Plus, outrebounding a foe 42-27 and forcing 23 turnovers doesn’t hurt.

“It might have been a 40-point difference if we could have finished,” Foster said, adding: “I’m not worried about it.”

With Katie Grahn’s 14 points showing the way, DHS quickly let its guests know it meant business when Grahn’s first-period steal swiftly went to Anna Belenis, whose nifty bounce pass resulted in an Emma Stenz lay-up.

Later in the quarter, with the ‘Cats trailing only 8-7, Belenis found Grahn running the baseline.

The junior’s shot went in and Franklin center Erin Cocker sent her to the foul line.

When Grahn converted the free throw, the Lady Devils were off and running.

A 29-18 halftime lead was extended to that 19-point bulge before FHS’ Elizabeth Evangelista and Kimi Tanaka sparked a 16-10 fourth-quarter run as Foster freely substituted, trying different combinations down the stretch.

Evangelista finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Tanaka had nine points — all in the final 7:03.

Foster praised a trio of her players:

* About sophomore point guard Belenis (five assists and a terrific job against the Franklin press): “She’s pivotal. Nice passes (Tuesday).”

* On Grahn: “Shot the ball well and was finishing.” Grahn had a 22-point performance in Friday’s win over Elk Grove.

* And there was Sophie Seng off the bench: “Again, she played well.”

In addition to her 14 points, Grahn had five rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Caitlin Mazzoleni had nine points, nine rebounds and four assists as Davis’ balanced offense showed itself once again.

Center Stenz scored eight, had a block and four rebounds. Seng added nine points, four boards and two steals, while Rachael Allison scored six and Sarah Bloise had five points and five rebounds.

Next up for the Lady Blue Devils is a trip to Laguna Creek on Friday at 7 p.m.

The Cardinals are limping along at 3-10 and 0-2 in DVC.

— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or 530-320-4456.

Comments

comments

Bruce Gallaudet

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Water and power have a troubling interdependency

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    New design submitted for conference center

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Bob Dunning: Fairness is an afterthought for them

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

    Los Angeles march to commemorate Armenian killings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Hostage deaths a reminder of risk of ‘deadly mistakes’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    College Night set April 30 at DHS

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Walkers head out three times weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4Comments are off for this post

     
    Got bikes? Donate ‘em!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    Beginning tai chi classes start May 5

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Tour of co-ops precedes Sacramento conference

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    School board hears report on health services

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A5

    Mamajowali will perform at benefit house concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6 | Gallery

     
    Explorit: Celebrate International Astronomy Day

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

    Learn basics of composting in Woodland

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Winkler Dinner raises funds for enology, viticulture activities

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    Raptor Center welcomes visitors at May 2 open house

    By Trina Wood | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Take a peek at region’s past at Tremont Mite Society’s social

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8 | Gallery

    BeerFest expands to include cider

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

     
    Mapping where human action is causing earthquakes

    By New York Times News Service | From Page: A9

    Hummingbird health: Appreciating the little things

    By Kat Kerlin | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    The fight for gender pay equity

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

     
    Thanks for supporting the arts

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Bike Swap another success

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Drink is a tasteless insult

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

    It’s a depressing beat

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    .

    Sports

    Aggie Spring Game environment will up the gridiron fun factor

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Rare DHS track loss still full of highlights

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Lehner talks about the UCD student-athlete experience

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Reeling Blue Devils stop skid against Sheldon

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lady Demons’ fundraiser a smash hit

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    DYSA roundup: Lester, Osborne lead Storm over Dixon

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    Pro baseball roundup: River Cats lose their fourth straight

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B12

    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    ‘Ex Machina': The perils of playing God

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Ceramicist works will be featured at The Artery

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Chamber expands Korean sister-city opportunities

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Car Care: Tips for buying your first ATV

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    Subaru goes rear-wheel drive with sporty BRZ coupe

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Whitney Joy Engler

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Valente Forrest Dolcini

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, April 24, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B5