West (22-4, 8-1 TCAL) took a 32-27 lead at the half and stretched it to 52-39 at the end of the third quarter, but Edison (11-13, 2-7 TCAL) picked up its offensive pace in the fourth quarter. West’s DeAndre Thompson also found his rhythm in the fourth quarter when he hit 10 of his 14 points for the night.
“We had chances to get some separation, and would get a 12 to 14 point lead, but it seemed like we couldn’t extend past that, due to some turnovers, and we weren’t very good from the line tonight,” West coach Derek Sprecksel said. “Being 22-4 with this team is really exciting, but no matter where we are in the season I want to improve every facet of the game.”
It's a needed win for West with a full week before the last game of the regular season, next Friday’s home game against McNair for the Tri-City Athletic League title.
Leading scorer for West was Jordan McIntosh with 18 points, Damon Sloan scored 12 and Justin Saar scored 10.
Varsity girls: Weston Ranch 44, Kimball 25
The Jaguars girls started off strong against the Cougars from Weston Ranch High in Friday’s game at Kimball High. Alexis Clark and Ayida Peters hit shots to put Kimball (17-8, 7-5 VOL) in an early lead, but after that the Cougars (19-6, 10-2 VOL) went on a 14-point run to take an 18-6 lead in the second quarter on the way to a 44-25 win.
The Jaguars had some early success getting past Weston Ranch’s full-court press, but even when they broke through to the inside Kimball’s offense was plagued by missed shots. The Cougars also had the height advantage to outrebound Kimball and allow the Jaguars few second chances on those missed shots.
“We attacked the bucket but just didn’t make a lot of the opportunities that we had,” Kimball coach Mike Granillo said. “It was one of those nights: Sometimes they fall in, sometimes they don’t.”
By the third quarter the Weston Ranch press was forcing more turnovers and dominating the boards, which enabled the Cougars to stretch out their lead in the second half.
Allie Schmidt was Kimball’s leading scorer with 10 points, including eight of 11 free throws. Clark scored six, Peters scored four and had nine rebounds, Christy Brown scored three, and Megan Bhathal scored two points and had 10 rebounds.
Varsity boys: Delta Charter 75, Hughes Academy 34
The Dragons (14-7, 10-0 MVL) won a non-league contest, 75-34, at Hughes Academy in Stockton Friday, extending their winning streak to 13 games. Delta Charter also logged a win on Tuesday against Lodi Academy, which assures the Dragons of at least a share of first place in the Mountain Valley League. Their chance to clinch sole possession of the league title comes on Tuesday, when the Dragons face the second-place Tioga Timberwolves in Groveland.
Leading the way for Delta Charter was Chris Woods, who scored 48 points, had 19 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals. Torian Montalvo had 23 rebounds, two steals and three blocks, and Ravon Irvin had 11 rebounds, a steal and an assist.
Varsity girls: Delta Charter 35, Hughes Academy 28
The Delta Charter girls (2-11, 1-8 MVL) got their second win of the season Friday at Hughes Academy in Stockton, and will finish their inaugural season on Tuesday at Tioga. Emma Richardson scored 14 points for the Dragons and Vanessa Sanchez scored 12.
Varsity boys: Weston Ranch 72, Kimball 56
Weston Ranch held the advantage for the entire game on Friday in Stockton, and while the Jaguars were almost able to keep up in each quarter the Cougars steadily pulled ahead for the 72-56 win.
Leading scorers for Kimball were Joe Walls and Alex Toledo with 13 points each, and Evan Owens scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.
Sophomore boys: Kimball 69, Weston Ranch 57
The Jaguars (20-4, 11-1 VOL) rode a first-quarter lead, and outscored the Cougars again in the third, on the way to the 69-57 win Friday at Weston Ranch. Mykelle Elliott scored 24 points for Kimball, J.D. Schmidt scored 15, and Bryer Peet scored 10.
Sophomore girls: Weston Ranch 52, Kimball 29
Weston Ranch took a 35-11 lead at the half, and while it was a more even game in the second half the Jaguars were unable to close in. Leading scorers for Kimball (9-16, 3-9 VOL) was Arielle Early with 10 points, and Andrea Barajas scored five.
Freshman boys: Kimball 56, Weston Ranch 39
Weston Ranch outscored Kimball (9-3 VOL) in the first half, but the Jaguars turned up their offense in the third quarter, including a couple 3-point shots for Tiko Davenport, and charged out into the lead. Kenyon Williams was the leading scorer for Kimball with 16 points and Peter Van Katwyk scored 12.
Freshman boys: West 72, Edison 59
West’s freshmen (12-13, 7-2 TCAL) battled Edison for 34-31 halftime lead for the Wolf Pack, and West charged into a 53-39 lead in the third quarter. Spencer Carroll scored 24 points for West, Kirk Truehill scored 20, and Maxwell Aduako scored 13.
Freshman girls: Weston Ranch 54, Kimball 16
The Cougars held an early advantage for the 34-6 halftime lead, and they didn’t let up until the fourth quarter for the 54-16 win. Leading scorers for Kimball (7-17, 2-10 VOL), were Viel Salgerino with six points and Sierra Rink-Tanner with four.