Kimball High’s sophomore girls hosted an aggressive and sharp-shooting Edison team on Monday at Kimball High, and finished with a 38-46 loss.
It was the first Tri-City Athletic league game for the Jaguars, who now stand at 3-11 for the season. Coach Tina Afan said that the loss is far from discouraging as she saw more improvements from the last few games and times where her team played well. But the Jaguars were also plagued by stretches where the Viking defense put up a tough full-court press and forced multiple turnovers.
“The problem is we always have a spell of four or five minutes where we get down by multiple baskets and we just can’t come back from that,” she said.
“I’m not disappointed in the way they’re playing,” she added. “They’re playing very well. We have a couple injuries to some key players on our team … so the girls that are playing right now are really stepping up into leadership roles.”
Both teams had trouble finding the basket in the first quarter. Edison hit only two from the floor for eight points, and the Jaguars didn’t hit any. Kimball got several chances from the free-throw line and missed those too, but started to make up for it in the second quarter when Devereaux Gordon and Sierra Davis combined to make seven of 10 free throws, and Gordon hit two shots, one for three points, to make it a 12-15 game, with Edison in the lead, at the half.
The Jaguars tied it up at the start of the third when Davis made a shot and Kristy Nguyen sank a free throw to make it 15-15. Edison hit its outside shots after that, including four three-pointers in the second half to get back in the lead. Kimball ramped up its press in the fourth quarter, but also got into foul trouble, which gave Edison more chances from the free-throw line.
Gordon was the Jaguars’ leading scorer with 16, including two three-point shots and eight of 13 free throws. She also had 11 rebounds. Davis scored eight, and Megan Bhathal and Gabby Farmer each scored six.
Sophomore boys: Kimball 47, Edison 37
Kimball’s sophomore boys (8-7) opened their Tri-City Athletic League season with a win Monday at Edison High in Stockton. Coach Justin Gregory said the Jaguars had to put up an aggressive game, and by doing so were able to maintain a comfortable lead into fourth quarter.
The Jaguars put up a tough defense, scrambled after loose balls and controlled the boards. Gregory said that everyone on the team got into the game and contributed, especially on defense.
We were able to get everybody in the game to have a chance to contribute on the defensive end. They really didn't have an answer for us down low as our guys kept feeding the post.
Joe Walls was the Jaguars’ leading scorer with 20, Tyrell Brewer scored seven and Chandler Alves scored six.
Freshman girls: Kimball 47, Edison 26
Kimball High’s freshman girls (8-5) ran away with Monday’s home game right from the start, and then held Edison scoreless in the second quarter to take a 34-9 lead at the half. The Jaguars let up in the second half, but the Vikings were unable to make up for the deficit.
Kimball’s leading scorer, Aubrey Snyder, scored 20 points, including 10 in the first quarter alone. She also had eight rebounds and six steals. Sara Searle scored eight, Amanda Larson scored seven and had seven rebounds and six steals, Anisha Richardson had six rebounds, and Toni Juarez scored six.
Freshman boys: Kimball 67, Edison 61
Kimball’s freshmen (12-1) stepped up to the challenge of a determined opponent in their first Tri-City Athletic League game on Monday at Edison High in Stockton. They played a close contest until the fourth quarter, when the Jaguars were able to pull ahead. Millard Hampton scored 22 for Kimball, Derek Van Destrek scored 13 and Tanner Winton scored 10.
Saturday Sophomore boys: Kimball 56, Christopher 39
Kimball High’s sophomores (7-7) went to Christopher High in Gilroy on Saturday where the Jaguars took a 56-39 win over the Cougars. After a close first half Kimball took a 20-18 lead, and then put up a defense that held back the Cougars’ scoring efforts. The Jaguars were able to convert that defensive effort into scoring opportunities in the second half to outscore Christopher in the third and fourth quarters.
Top scorer for Kimball was Joe Walls with 16. Ivan Atchovkey and Alex Toledo scoring eight each and Chandler Alves, just up from the freshman team, scoring seven.
Friday Varsity girls: Millennium 36, Brookside 30
Millennium’s girls (5-6) beat HCL foe Brookside Christian 36-30 at West High Friday. The Knights had a 17-15 lead at the half, but the Falcons shut them down in the third quarter, allowing no shots from the floor. Coach David Adams said his team came out even more aggressive in the fourth quarter, forcing the turnovers that led to easy baskets.
Ashourina Haynes scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds. Essence White scored six and Treasure Edwards scored four points and had 12 rebounds.
It follows a 38-9 win at Tioga in Groveland on Thursday, where Adams rotated in all of his players. Brianna Murawski scored 12 and Haynes scored nine.
Varsity boys: Brookside 56, Millennium 47
Millennium’s boys, 5-7, took a loss in Harvest Christian League play Friday at West High. The Knights from Brookside Christian High held a 32-21 lead at the half, and while the Falcons came out strong in the third quarter they couldn’t close in, and finished with a 47-56 loss.
Scoring for the Falcons were Freddy Brindopke with 14 points, Kiley Duncan with 13 points, Asad Khan with eight, Ahmad Shaghasi with seven and Steven Percelle with five.
Freshman girls: Kimball 27, Big Valley Christian 19
Kimball’s girls went on the road Friday to face Big Valley Christian of Modesto. The Lions had a 13-10 lead at the half, but Kimball caught up in the third quarter and pulled ahead in the fourth. Amanda Larson scored seven points, all in the fourth quarter, and had five steals. Sara Searle scored seven and had seven rebounds, Anisha Richardson scored six and had nine rebounds, and Aubrey Snyder had 15 rebounds and five steals.