Friday, March 6, 2015

Lady Devils’ win over Patriots comes with caveat


DHS junior Katie Grahn (4) drives past a Pioneer defender on her way to two of her 12 points on Wednesday at The Cage. The Lady Blue Devils defeated the Patriots, 62-37, in their first of four consecutive games. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

From page B1 | December 19, 2013 |

A win is a win, as the saying goes.

However, Lady Blue Devil mentor Karen Foster said Davis High’s 62-37 victory over Pioneer on Wednesday at The Cage was a bit too sloppy to celebrate.

“I mean, it was nice to get everyone in, so that everyone gets a chance to play,” Foster said after the Devils improved to 6-3 on the season. “But we definitely have some cleaning up to do as far as our play is concerned.”

The Patriots (7-6) seemed keen on punishing this flaw and exacting revenge for the 62-10 pasting DHS handed them last season at The Cage. With that in mind, Pioneer held an early 11-10 advantage in the match’s first two minutes.

But Blue Devil junior Katie Grahn’s buckets fell time and time again, helping Davis squash the Pats’ best efforts to keep pace. The first quarter thus concluded at 17-13 in favor of the hosts.

Eight of Grahn’s 12 eventual points came in that initial period, whereas the Lady Devils’ other leading scorer, junior Emma Stenz, surfaced in the later quarters with enough buckets to match Grahn’s scoring output.

Personal fouls came by the dozen in Wednesday’s physical match, a fact made apparent by all eight of Pioneer’s second-period points coming from free throws. DHS incurred 12 personal foul calls by intermission and 20 by game’s end.

But free throws alone were feeble in comparison to the pair of treys hit by Blue Devil sharpshooters Ariane Rusanganwa and Kelly Goedde-Matthews — plus the plethora of contributions from within the arc — which, together, added up to 19 total points for Davis in its highest-scoring period.

The 36-21 deficit that the Patriots faced at halftime agitated them into action in the third quarter, when Jordon Ball and Alexis Mata put away a trey and a two-pointer, respectively, before the Devils attempted a shot.

But when Stenz sank the quarter’s first bucket for DHS, to make it 38-27, the narrative shifted. Grahn and Alaina King played off of well-placed passes by point guard Anna Belenis (seven assists) to add another four points, while Pioneer struggled to get off shot attempts.

Lady Blue Devil senior La’Rell Cato, who grabbed 11 rebounds Wednesday evening, was responsible for another three points in this quarter — before it closed with Davis ahead 47-29.

In the final quarter, sophomore Sophie Seng kept the momentum by tallying the first successful shot for the locals. Seng ripped the ball away from opponents three times throughout, making her the night’s leader in steals.

Devil junior Jamie Bautista also made her mark on the game by coming off the bench and immediately sinking two consecutive buckets in that last period. Stenz followed with four straight from the charity stripe as DHS was feeling comfortable.

The large margin of victory, which allowed for liberal substitutions, was key for the Blue Devils, who have games each of the next three days at the Napa Tournament.

Davis opens against Vallejo (3-6) at 8 p.m. Thursday night.

“We have to board,” Foster said in regards to what it will take for her squad to succeed. “We have to limit them to one shot, and we have to finish at the hoop. We also can’t have as many turnovers as (Wednesday).”

— Reach Brett Johnson at [email protected] or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @ReporterBrett.



  • Recent Posts

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

  • .


    ‘Topping out': Sign a building beam at the Shrem Museum

    By Jeffrey Day | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Life after lawn: Fifty greens for shade

    By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1

    Got sun? Indoor herbs can thrive on windowsills

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    How can we know that the products we buy for our homes are safe?

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Quick home improvements that raise your resale value

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Spring-clean your kitchen in five easy steps

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Dryers: Homes’ energy guzzlers just got greener

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

    Need a new best friend?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    UCD improving farming, food production with fewer pesticides

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: B6 | Gallery

    PSAs highlight area nonprofits

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

    Peripheral neuropathy support offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Workshop eyes creating peace through creative play

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Museum brick sales to end this month

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Cabrillo Club plans membership dinner

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

    Pig out at Pig Day Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Porkers on display at Hattie Weber Museum

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    St. John’s shows off cuisine at brunch

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    Seniors serious about fitness

    By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A11 | Gallery



    Obama’s world is a dangerous place

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

    Some convicts don’t deserve parole hearings

    By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

    Here’s how to make college cheaper

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4



    Marsh provides radio images of a ‘magical’ Aggie hoops season

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Blue Devil volleyballers cruise in home opener

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    DHS girls track and field team reloads for 2015

    By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD women fall at UCR

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Aggie men clinch Big West crown

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Sports briefs: Bella Vista slips past DHS softballers

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12



    Rec Report: Looking ahead to spring break

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

    What’s happening

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B5

    Wineaux: A local diamond in the rough, revisited

    By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A9



    Steve Kiser’s work on display at Gallery 1855

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Tables available at Vinyl and Music Fair

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Second-rate

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ auditions set

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

    Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrate Mandela’s legacy

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    Learn from experts at ‘Art of Painting’ conference

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    Tom Brousseau to visit ‘Live in the Loam’ on KDRT

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12



    Honey, we shrank the SUV — and Europe loves it

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery





    Comics: Friday, March 6, 2015

    By Creator | From Page: B10