Sierra Lutheran girls win first title
Clare Davison earned tournament MVP honors and the Sierra Lutheran High girls basketball team won its first championship in program history this past weekend at the Foresthill Wildfire Classic in Forresthill, Calif.
Grace Bonafede had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Davison provided a spark defensively Saturday afternoon when the Falcons rallied for a 47-45 victory against Vacaville Christian (Vacaville, Calif.) in the championship game.
Sierra Lutheran (3-1 overall) trailed 32-25 at the end of three quarters, however, the Falcons converted 12 of 17 free throws and scored 22 points in the fourth quarter to rally back for the victory.
Davison scored 13 points in the game, highlighted by a 30-foot shot she banked in for a three-pointer as the shot clock expired.
Brynna Hansen added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons.
Earlier on Saturday, Sierra Lutheran defeated Foresthill in the semifinals, 35-27.
The Falcons were 31-20 victors on Friday against Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (Rocklin, Calif.). The Falcons ran off a 21-12 advantage in the second half.
Bonafede had 15 points and 12 rebounds on Friday to help the Falcons pick up their first win of the season.
A halftime adjustment against a half court trap proved to be the difference, coach Michael Nelson noted. Hansen contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
Sierra Lutheran took one win in three games against three California opponents at the Wildfire Classic.
The Falcons opened on Thursday with a 55-43 win against Rio Vista, then lost to Foresthill Friday in the semifinals, 39-34, and lost to Forest Lake Christian in the third-place game, 64-49.