The Tracy and West girls basketball teams will advance in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Girls Basketball Tournament, which started Thursday, Dec. 26, at West and Tracy high schools and continues on Friday, Dec. 27, at both schools.
Tracy advances with a 48-27 win over Johansen, and even though West took a 49-39 loss to Riverbank the Wolf Pack still moves forward because Riverbank will not be able to play on Friday because of a scheduling conflict. Kimball moves to the consolation bracket after a 64-42 loss to McNair High of Stockton.
Tracy 48, Johansen 27
Junior Toni Harrison and senior Sarah Rodriguez led the Bulldogs to an early advantage against the Johansen High Vikings of Modesto on Thursday at Tracy High.
Harrison said that Tracy’s defense and ball movement gave her team the edge. Tracy led in every quarter and consistently outrebounded the Vikings.
“I felt like if we worked together well we would dominate,” Harrison said. She was the game’s scoring leader with 15 points, and freshman Caitlin Bowman scored nine. Junior Jessi Johnson pulled in 10 rebounds for Tracy.
“I thought it was a good team effort,” Tracy coach Derek Solano said. “We’re still missing easy baskets in transition. Fortunately those things didn’t hurt us.”
Riverbank 49, West 39
Riverbank dominated the first half of their game against West, and had a 49-16 lead at the end of three quarters. The Wolf Pack rallied to outscore Riverbank 23-0 in the fourth quarter, with senior guard Caila Butler scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter alone.
It wasn’t enough to make up the early deficit, but West coach Emilio Guzman said it was an encouraging performance.
“The girls just busted their butts trying to play hard, and I can always count on them to do that,” Guzman said. “It’s getting us going and getting us started that’s the issue.”
He added that Butler and junior guard Sandy Barbosa put up a strong defensive press and were effective shooting from the outside.
McNair 64, Kimball 42
The Kimball girls a slim lead through the first half but suffered from foul trouble and also were up against a taller McNair team in the competition for rebounds and follow-up shots. By the third quarter the Jaguars were turning over the ball and McNair hit the outside shots to surge ahead at the end.
“It’s a tough matchup the first round,” Kimball coach Mike Granillo said, adding that he expects his team will make up for the loss in the rest of the tournament.
“As long as the girls didn’t quit. That’s all I ask for. If we get three wins out of this tournament it will be a good tournament.”
Junior Sarah Nunes led the Jaguars with 11 points, junior Alexis Clark scored nine and junior Ayida Peters scored seven points and had nine rebounds.
McNair senior Mandy Coleman was the game’s scoring leader with 26 points, including nine of 15 free throws, and she also had 15 rebounds. McNair senior Brittany Butler scored 21 points including four 3-point shots.
East Union 56, Tokay 38
Napa 60, Modesto 13
Gregori 58, Manteca 23
Patterson 59, Mills 36
Mission San Jose 58, Lathrop 43
McNair vs. East Union, West High, 6 p.m.
Patterson vs. Gregori, Tracy High, 6 p.m.
West vs. Napa, West High, 7:30 p.m.
Tracy vs. Mission San Jose, Tracy High, 7:30 p.m.
Kimball vs. Tokay, West High, 3 p.m.
Mills vs. Manteca, Tracy High, 3 p.m.
Excel Academy vs. Modesto, West High, 4:30 p.m.
Johansen vs. Lathrop, Tracy High, 4:30 p.m.,
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