After finishing the first half of league play at 6-1 the Wildfires have rattled off 4 more wins. On 1/18 Woodland Christian came up to Foresthill as the only team in league to knock off the Wildfires. The Cardinals faced a hot shooting team as 5 different Wildfires hit double digit scoring. Strong scoring quarters in the 2nd (27) and 4th (25) led to a 90-64 win for the home team. Skyler Tuttle finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Elias Estrada came off the bench and poured in 17 points. Caleb Medrano finished with 12 points while Nick Lechner and Kaiden Pennington added 10 each.

The Wildfires then made the trip down to Forest Lake where they took an early lead and never looked back. Their 20-10 first quarter helped the Wildfires secure a 13 point half time lead and eventually an 18 point win. Foresthill had 8 guys score 5 points or more which has become the norm this year for the balanced team. Tuttle again had a very strong game finishing with 29 points. Lechner had 10 points and 4 assists while Pennington contributed 8 points and 7 boards. Hunter Williams was a crucial part of the win contributing in several ways including drawing key charges and great passing. He finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.

On Friday 1/25 the Wildfires faced off against Sacramento Waldorf in a battle for first place. Each team had one league loss but the Wildfires came out ready to play and imposed their will upon the Waves getting out to a 12-2 lead and a 22-8 first quarter. The first quarter was about swarming defense and good shooting. The Waves battled back in the 2nd half getting as close as 4 points before the Wildfires finished the game on a 22-4 run and leaving with a 72-50 win, in sole possession of first place. Hunter Williams sparked the team in the 4th quarter finding Casey Baldwin twice (once for a layup and then for a huge jumpshot) before coming out of nowhere while diving for a loose ball between two Waves players, somehow securing the ball long enough to get it to a streaking Jaycie Zapata who finished the layup and drew the foul for an exciting 3-point play that got a huge ovation from the visiting crowd. Williams stuffed the stat line finishing with 6-4-4-6. Tuttle had another impressive game going 4-4 from 3 point land and finishing with 26 big points. Zapata played a great all-around game finishing with 14 points and 4 steals while Baldwin finish with 7 points.

After the big win the Wildfires returned home to face the struggling Delta Saints. The full arsenal of the Wildfires offense was showcased as the team managed to put up 100 points for the first time in team history. Shooting a blistering 53% from the floor the Wildfires put up 89 points by the end of the 3rd quarter. Chet Matz and Justin Leyba shot a combined 14-19 from the floor finishing with an impressive 18 and 15 points respectively. Tuttle contributed 13 while Lechner had 12.

The Wildfires have 3 games left as they continue to reach for their goal of claiming a league title. The regular season finishes up with Senior Night on Friday 2/8. These seniors have given so much to the basketball program and their last regular season game is going to be special.

James Kuykendal

Update: The Foresthill varsity basketball team won Friday’s, February 1st, away conference game against Encina Prep (Sacramento, CA) by a score of 70-59.

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