The Trojans then picked up their pace in the fourth quarter at Tracy High School to outrebound Tracy (14-10, 5-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) and force repeated turnovers to earn a 58-52 win.
It gives Lincoln (16-9, 8-0) a solid hold on first place in league.
Tracy senior forward Angela Mariani said her team had momentum early on, but Lincoln took it back at the end.
“Lincoln is a team that is always playing hard no matter what the score is,” Mariani said. “They always crash the boards and go hard at the basket, so it was hard to stop them tonight.”
Tracy coach Derek Solano added that his team was unable to capitalize on its many chances to hold an early lead.
“We’d pull in front and then let them get back into it,” Solano said. “We were throwing the ball away in the fourth quarter, trying to execute a couple looks that we had practiced, and we’d give the ball up.”
Tracy senior guard Karsi Fyfe hit four 3-pointers, including one to pull ahead in the first quarter, another to tie it up in the second, and two in a row when Tracy tried to close in on Lincoln at the end.
She was the night’s scoring leader with 20 points. Senior Taylor Juarez scored seven, and seniors Emily Anchartechahar and Angela Mariani scored six each.
Sophomores: Tracy 46, Lincoln 35
Freshmen: Lincoln 42, Tracy 16
Manteca 48, Kimball 47
Down 32-28 at the end of three quarters, the Jaguars made their shots count at the end of the fourth quarter to tie their game at Manteca 38-38 and force overtime on Thursday, Jan. 31.
The Jaguars (15-8, 6-4 Valley Oak League) kept up the pace, but the Buffaloes (16-6, 10-0) built a narrow lead to affirm their first-place VOL standing.
Sophomore Sarah Nunes led the Jaguars with 13 points. Sophomore Allie Schmidt scored nine, and sophomore Alexis Clark scored eight.
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