GALT — Six years ago, Angela DaPrato was holding court as a member of the Galt Joint Union High School District’s Board of Trustees when the Galt High girls basketball team won its last Sierra Valley Conference game.
On Tuesday night, DaPrato was on the court for this year’s Galt girls basketball team snap a 62-game SVC losing skid.
Playing at Rosemont of Sacramento in a conference game, Galt posted a 35-29 win over the Wolverines. DaPrato, who served two terms on the school board until last November, is in her first season as the Galt girls basketball head coach that is now 1-5 in the SVC and 10-12 overall.
The Warriors’ last conference win came exactly six years ago today — Jan. 24, 2013 — when it beat cross-town rival Liberty Ranch 46-45 at Warrior Gym.
“My goal this season was to have a strong preseason and win one league game,” DaPrato said. “We achieved the preseason goal by having one of the best starts Galt has had since 2010, and tonight we accomplished our ultimate goal of winning a league game. People have to remember (assistant coach) Garry Halsey and I are rebuilding a program and we have a young varsity team. For some, winning one league game might seem like a weak goal but we needed to get over the hurdle before we can dominate the mountain.”
Galt jumped out to a 16-7 lead in the first quarter against Rosemont. The Warriors expanded their lead with 12 points in the second for a 28-16 halftime lead.
“We won tonight because our defense was outstanding,” DaPrato said. “Raina Saldivar, Mizan Johnson, Madison Petersen and Hannah Aguirre were fantastic on defense. Raina and Mizan shutdown Rosemont’s best shooters and I am extremely proud of them.”
Although the Warriors’ offense slowed down a little in the second half, the defense kept the Wolverines in single-digit scoring in the third and fourth quarters to snap the six-year losing skid.
“We kept shooting ourselves in the foot and couldn’t make a shot,” DaPrato said. “Kaya broke the ice by hitting a 3, but we struggled tonight offensively and had issues putting the ball in the basket.”
Weaver (12 points) and Gonzalez were key contributors toward the Warriors’ win.
“Kaya and Cassi stepped up for us in the fourth quarter and made some key plays,” DaPrato said. “(Guard) Haley Sanchez fouled out in the third quarter, so that hurt us. But (Weaver and Gonzalez) took care of business down low and rose to the occasion.”
Behind Weaver, who knocked down two 3-pointers, in scoring for the Warriors were Saldivar with eight points, Aguirre and Sanchez four each, Petersen three, and junior center Jessica McAllister and Gonzalez two points each.
DaPrato and the Warriors are happy with the win. But now they want to finish the regular season on a stronger note — such as continue the battle on the court.
“I’m extremely proud of the girls,” DaPrato said. “However, the season isn’t over and it is time for us to get another upset. I definitely feel we have earned our opponent’s respect this season and they know we are a different program. Even when we lose, we give them a fight. We are moving in the right direction because the girls are working hard, playing with a lot of heart and passion. We are playing like Warriors.”
In the teams’ first meeting at Warrior Gym on Jan. 4, Galt held a 27-24 halftime lead. But Rosemont outscored the Warriors 25-17 to leave with a 49-44 win.
“I reminded the girls at the half to not let history repeat itself, and instead let’s make some history tonight by snapping the league losing streak,” said DaPrato of Tuesday’s game.
On Friday, Galt will play at Liberty Ranch in an SVC contest.
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