Both the Jaguars and Cougars had chances to shine and stumble in the Valley Oak League contest, but it was Weston Ranch (11-6, 6-1) that found a way to pull ahead in the final two minutes.
Kimball’s girls (13-6, 4-3 VOL) were dominant in the first quarter and held a 32-13 advantage in the second before the Cougars clawed their way.
Weston Ranch sophomore Elisabeth Alexander scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the second half. The Cougars also outrebounded the Jaguars and forced repeated turnovers to hold Kimball to just eight points in the fourth quarter.
Weston Ranch pulled ahead with one minute, 30 seconds left.
Jaguars senior Megan Bhathal and sophomore Sarah Nunes responded with baskets, but Weston Ranch senior Emoni Wilson sank two field goals to give her team a 65-63 lead. Kimball sophomore Ayida Peters was fouled bringing down an offensive rebound with four seconds left, but hit just one of her two shots from the free-throw line.
Sophomore Allie Schmidt and junior Noni Kuumba scored 14 points each to lead Kimball.
The loss drops Kimball to third in the VOL.
Coach Mike Granillo said his team can turn its season around if the Jaguars can be consistent in the second half.
“Basically, it’s a matter of us coming out and staying focused for four quarters,” Granillo said. “If we can do that, we can be successful.”
Bear Creek 53, Tracy 49
The Bear Creek Bruins claimed second place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association with a win over Tracy on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Bear Creek High in Stockton.
Tracy (12-9, 3-2 SJAA) fell behind the in the first quarter but couldn’t come all the way back against the Bruins (15-7, 4-1), who held on to seal the win.
Senior Emily Anchartechahar led the Bulldogs with 15 points and five rebounds and senior Karsi Fyfe scored 11.
The loss drops Tracy to third in the SJAA at the midway point in the league season.
The Bulldogs previously had to fend off a second-half charge to notch a 46-37 victory over Chavez High at home Jan. 17.
Tracy coach Derek Solano said that his players need to be consistent if they want to finish strong in the league.
“We played a really good half and then played a really bad half,” he said after the Jan. 17 win. “It’s as simple as that.”
Stagg 71, West 43
The Wolf Pack girls were consistently outscored Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Stagg High in Stockton.
The loss drops West (10-12, 1-4 Tri-City Athletic League) to fifth place in the league standings midway through the TCAL season. Stagg (10-12, 3-2) is in third place behind St. Mary’s and McNair.
All 10 players on team scored Tuesday, with freshman Lyric Wilson leading the Wolf Pack’s offense with 10 points. Sophomore Sandy Barbosa scored eight, and senior Emma Bell scored five points, had six rebounds and blocked three shots.
The loss at Stagg follows a 42-34 loss on Jan. 17 at Edison High in Stockton. Wilson again led the Wolf Pack with 11 points, and Bell scored nine.
Delta Charter 39, Don Pedro 23
Junior Asia Harris led the Dragons to a win Monday, Jan. 21, in Mountain Valley League play over visiting Don Pedro.
Harris scored 16 points and had seven rebounds as the Dragons (4-9, 3-3 MVL) shut down the Panthers in the second quarter. Also scoring for Delta Charter was sophomore Emma Richardson with 11 points, and junior Kananee Bailey scored eight points and had 12 rebounds.
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