Kimball High’s girls basketball team dominated the first quarter of their crosstown matchup at Tracy High on their way to a 48-40 win on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The Jaguars (11-2) outscored the Bulldogs (6-9) 18-4 in the first quarter. Tracy cut Kimball’s lead to 27-20 by the half, but the Bulldogs were unable to close in during the second half.
Kimball coach Mike Granillo said his team’s early defensive pressure got the Jaguars into foul trouble. With a strong lead he said the team was able to relax its press a bit.
“When you play a crosstown team you never know. The momentum changes a lot,” he said.
Kimball junior guard Allison Schmidt and junior forward Ayida Peters anchored the Jaguar defense by outrebounding Tracy in the second half. Peters said the team will need to be even tougher as Kimball gets into Valley Oak League this week, starting with East Union High in Manteca on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
“After tonight we definitely need to work on getting our shots up and not worry about 3’s so much, and worry more about driving toward the basket,” Peters said.
Schmidt was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points, and senior Noni Kuumba scored 12 for the Jaguars. Tracy’s offensive leaders were junior Toni Harrison and senior Kimberly Paschal with 10 points each.
Delta Charter 46, Stockton Christian 39
The Dragons traveled to Stockton Friday, Jan. 3, for the Delta Charter team’s second Mountain Valley League win. Stockton Christian held a 21-17 halftime lead but the Dragons (3-6, 2-0 MVL) came back to consistently outscore the Eagles in the second half.
Delta Charter senior Asia Harris led the Dragons’ offense with 26 points, freshman Ayanna Galloway scored seven and junior Emma Richardson scored six.
Stagg 41, Tracy 30
Both teams got off to a slow start Friday, Jan. 3, when Tracy High’s girls basketball team traveled to Stagg High in Stockton. Stagg held a 16-14 lead at the half and went on to outscore Tracy through the third and fourth quarters.
Sophomore Jazmyn Gonzalez was Tracy’s scoring leader with 11 points and junior Toni Harrison scored eight.
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