While the Sierra Foothill League basketball titles have been secured by Folsom on both the girls’ and boys’ sides, there’s still a lot to play for in Friday’s regular-season finale.
When Folsom heads up the hill to El Dorado Hills to face Oak Ridge, you can be sure it will be competitive.
The varsity girls play at 5:30 p.m. and the motivation for Oak Ridge is easy: avenge Folsom’s 47-39 win on Jan. 18.
“It comes down to playing with good intensity and energy, knowing our defensive assignments and adjusting to their adjustments,” Oak Ridge coach Steve White said. “Our players have to make plays. Last game, they made a few more plays than we did.”
Folsom also has a reason to play for the win.
“This game is a great way to prepare for the playoffs because it’s going to be like a playoff game,” Folsom coach Lynn Wolking said. “Most of our tougher games have been at neutral sites, but this game will be in a crazy, full gym. This game will have a playoff feel to it.
“Whenever you play Oak Ridge, you have to execute offensively and make your shots. They make you play in the half-court and that’s our weakness right now so it will be a good test for us.”
For Folsom’s varsity boys, winning the league title wasn’t their only goal.
“We want the number-one seed and to get that we’ll probably have to go undefeated in league,” Folsom coach Mike Wall said. “We don’t want to have to go on the road in the semifinals, and we also would rather play the best teams, Sheldon or Modesto Christian, in the finals rather than in the semis, so our guys will be focused and ready to play.”
A win would be huge for Oak Ridge, who lost to Folsom earlier this season, 67-65.
“The last couple of games against Folsom have been tight, close games,” Oak Ridge coach Rich Sondhi said. “We’ve got to find a way to get over the hump. We’ve done a lot of great things, but now we’ve got to make the last play to get the win.”