Girls basketball: Jaguars go for Hawkins consolation trophy
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The Kimball girls basketball team logged another win on Saturday to give the Jaguars a chance to win the consolation bracket trophy in the Tom Hawkins Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament.

The Jaguars’ 62-24 win over Modesto on Saturday, Dec. 28, at West High puts Kimball (9-2) in the consolation final against Mills High (6-5) of Millbrae, which beat Lathrop 43-31 on Saturday at West High. Kimball and Mills face off on Monday at 4:30 p.m. West High.

Tracy (4-7) and West (2-11) both lost their third-round games on Saturday, and are out of the running for the consolation trophies. The Bulldogs and Wolf Pack will play each other in the final round on the tournament at 3 p.m. Monday at Tracy High.

The championship match at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Tracy High will be between Napa and Patterson. McNair and Mission San Jose will play for third place at 6 p.m. at Tracy High.

Kimball 62, Modesto 24

The Jaguars were merciless against Modesto (0-7) in the first quarter, with senior Noni Kuumba and juniors Allison Schmidt, Sarah Nunes and Alexis Clark all scoring to bring Kimball a 25-1 lead in the first. Modesto got back into the game in the second quarter but was shut down by Kimball again in the second half.

“We work really well as a team and we tried to push the ball the best we could,” said Schmidt, the Jaguars’ point guard.

Coach Mike Granillo said he wanted the game to be his team’s chance to get in sync and perfect its execution on both ends of the court in preparation for Monday’s consolation final.

Kuumba, Kimball’s leading scorer with 16 points, said her team is just trying to make up for a 64-42 loss to McNair in Thursday’s opening game of the tournament.

“I think we could have beat McNair in the first game, but we lost so we just beat the rest of the teams on out, she said.

Schmidt scored 14 points, including two 3-point shots. Junior Isabella Lawrence also hit two 3-pointers and totaled eight points.

Gregori 41, Tracy 31

The Bulldogs started with success shooting from the outside as junior Toni Harrison led Tracy to a 9-6 lead in the first quarter.

After that it was a battle for control of the inside of the key, and the taller Gregori team (9-4), including 6-foot-3 senior forward Emilee VanDyke, dominated the boards on both sides of the court, blocked Tracy’s shots and had finished on the inside scoring opportunites.

“It was challenge,” Tracy coach Derek Solano said. “We did well at times and at other times (Vandyke) hurt us a bit. I thought it was a well-played game until towards the end. We were within striking distance.”

Tracy fell behind in the second quarter, got back within five points near the end of the third and was outscored in the fourth.

Harrison was Tracy’s scoring leader with 21 points, including two 3-point shots and seven of nine free throws, and senior Kimberly Paschal scored six.

East Union 59, West 33

A taller East Union team blocked West out of the key in the first half as the Lancers (4-4) took a 31-13 lead at the end of two quarters.

Assistant coach Arsenio Costa said the West girls’ ability to move the ball combined with aggressive play brought results in the third quarter.

“The girls came to play today,” Costa said, describing how the Pack turned to its outside shooters to outscore the Lancers 17-8 in the third. West got within nine points of East Union, with junior guard Sandy Barbosa hitting two 3-point shots in the third and senior guard Caila Butler hitting a 3-pointer.

The Lancers then denied the Pack any field goals in the fourth and outscored West 20-3 in the final frame.

Butler was West’s scoring leader with 12 points and Barbosa scored nine. Junior Brittany Bem and sophomore Brittney Reyes were West’s top rebounders.

Saturday scores

Napa 69, McNair 65

Patterson 47, Mission San Jose 41

Kimball 62, Modesto 24

Mills 43, Lathrop 31

East Union 59, West 33

Gregori 41, Tracy 31

Riverbank 49, Tokay 43

Manteca d. Johansen

Monday’s games

Championship: Patterson vs. Napa, Tracy High, 7:30 p.m.

Third place: Mission San Jose vs. McNair, Tracy High, 6 p.m.

Consolation: Gregori vs. East Union, Tracy High, 4:30 p.m.

Consolation: Mills vs. Kimball, West High, 4:30 p.m.

Lathrop vs. Modesto, West High, 3 p.m.

Tracy vs. West, Tracy High, 3 p.m.

Manteca vs. Tokay, West High, 1:30 p.m.

Johansen vs. Excel Academy, West High, noon

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