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Lake rising at Sierra College

Michael Traum

South Tahoe High 1996 graduate Ada May Lake is making a big impression during her freshman basketball season at Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, Calif.

One of seven freshman, Lake moved into the starting lineup at midseason and has improved with every game, according to Sierra six-year coach Roz Goldenberg.

“She’s got good hands for a post player, is very mobile, coordinated and has great post moves,” Goldenberg said. “We’ve worked on her defense and timing for rebounds. She’s realizing what it takes to play college basketball.”

The 6-foot, 2-inch forward, whom college scouts showed little interest in after her senior year at South Tahoe, has blossomed into a legitimate player with Division 1 potential. Averaging 11.5 points and seven rebounds per game, Fresno State is already showing significant interest.

“It’s a lot more serious. If you mess up, you get pulled,” said Lake, who has stepped up since two Sierra players with Division 1 scholarships got injured. “I’m a totally different player. My offense has improved and my defense is getting better.”

Even more impressive is Lake’s performance in the classroom. After what could be characterized as a not too impressive high school performance, her college grade point average sits at an awesome 3.25.

“I’m actually working hard and studying. There’s a lot of pressure. I know I have to do well. There’s grade checks every week,” she said.

Dave Barich, Lake’s coach at South Tahoe, said he saw signs of her potential during her prep career.

“She’s got the size and she’s very determined. I definitely thought Ada could do it, mainly because of what she’d do in practice – she’d dominate,” said Barich, who joked that the Vikings could have used Lake for another year. “Although I haven’t heard too much about how she’s doing, I’ve thought about her a lot this season, especially when the other team is going for their second or third rebound.”

Sierra is currently ranked No. 8 in Northern California and 14th statewide out of 76 JC teams. In addition, the Wolverines are in first place in the Bay Valley Conference and will play No. 2 American River on Friday for what boils down to the league title.


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