Denied a chance to play for the championship of last week’s Tracy-West Winter Holiday Classic, the Kimball High boys basketball team returned to Tracy High on Friday, Dec. 20, and beat the Bulldogs 76-64.
Jaguars senior guard Jonah Laguana said Kimball (10-2) did a good job of rebounding, pushing up the court and finishing against Tracy (6-4). He said the team was motivated to make up for its third-place finish in the Winter Classic behind first-place West and second-place Tracy.
“Tracy’s our crosstown rival. We just wanted to come in here and get a big win,” Laguana said.
Kimball coach Joe Lawrence said the players prepared well for Friday’s game.
“We talked about some of the things we need to do, try to keep (Tracy senior center) Josh Brakkee away from the basket and putting a hand out on the shooters,” Lawrence said. “The kids did a great job on our zone.”
The Jaguars got out to an early lead and dominated the second quarter, building a 39-21 lead by halftime. Kimball senior Ben Juarez scored 22 points and senior Bryer Peet scored 20, including four 3-point shots — three of them in the first half.
Brakkee led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Senior Devin Foster scored 13, including eight points in Tracy’s 28-point fourth quarter. Junior Khareym Watson scored 12 points for Tracy.
Varsity boys: Delta Charter at Vikings Classic
The Delta Charter boys won the consolation final at the Viking Classic Tournament at Victory Christian High in Carmichael.
The Dragons (9-2) finished with a 71-67 win over Cristo Rey High of Sacramento on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The Dragons trailed 61-57 going into the fourth quarter and surged ahead on sophomore Dylan Abrahamson’s three 3-point shots in the fourth.
The scoring leader for the Dragons was junior Dramell Pitts with 21 points. Junior Marcus Anderson scored 19, and Abrahamson totaled 15 points. Junior Marcus Anderson ruled the boards with 15 rebounds.
The Dragons also had a 54-48 win over San Juan of Sacramento on Friday, Dec. 20, and opened with a 79-63 loss to Forest Lake Christian of Auburn on Dec. 19.
Varsity girls: Kimball 64, West 28
Kimball High’s girls won their crosstown basketball game 64-28 over West High on Friday, Dec. 20, at Kimball High
The West girls got off to a good start early in the first quarter, but the Jaguars (7-1) quickly got into the game on the strength of shots by senior Noni Kuumba and dominated both ends of the court. The Jaguars held a 37-13 lead at the half.
Kuumba and junior Sarah Nunes scored 14 points each in the game, and Bria Gorman scored 11 for the Jaguars.
The leading scorer for West (2-8) was sophomore Brittney Reyes, who had eight points. Senior Taylor Herrera and junior Alicia Nunez scored five each.
Kimball also won the sophomore game 51-31, with Jennalynne Kol scoring 20 points for the Jaguars, including four 3-point shots.
The freshman Jaguars won 43-24. Jala Shakur led the Kimball team with 12 points.
Kimball followed the crosstown victory with a 59-21 win at Turlock High on Monday, Dec. 23. Scoring details were not available. Kimball’s sophomores beat Turlock 32-25 as Kol scored 15 points for the Jaguars, and the freshmen beat Turlock 27-23, with eight points for Samantha Decker and seven for Sabrina Zerby.
Tracy at Wine Valley Tournament
Tracy High’s girls basketball team (4-5) finished the Wine Valley Tournament at Napa High with a 38-33 win , going 1-2 for the weekend.
Senior Kimberly Paschal was the Bulldogs’ scoring leader with 18 points and had 24 rebounds, and sophomore Jazmyn Gonzalez scored 12 points. Junior guard Toni Harrison was Tracy’s all-tournament selection.
In Tracy’s second game of the tournament, on Friday, Dec. 20, the Bulldogs fell 63-52 to Rancho Cotate High of Rohnert Park. Rancho Cotate built a 31-12 lead in the first half, and Tracy was unable to catch up in the second half. Freshman Caitlin Bowman was Tracy’s leading scorer with seven points.
Tracy lost the opening game against Liberty High of Brentwood 52-51 on Dec. 19. Liberty overcame Tracy’s 37-31 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Harrison scored 16 points and Paschal scored 12 for the Bulldogs.
Varsity girls: Turlock Christian 50, Millennium 24
The Millennium High girls basketball team got off to a slow start and never recovered Friday, Dec. 20, at Turlock Christian High.
The Falcons fell behind 23-8 in the first half, and while they were able to score in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to overcome Turlock Christian’s early lead.
Junior Reina Perales scored nine points for the Falcons. Freshman Amaya Salas scored eight.
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