Millennium High's girls basketball team suffered from missed shots early in the game and again at the end as they started the Central California Athletic Alliance girls basketball season with a 48-33 loss to visiting Big Valley Christian High of Modesto.
The Falcons (5-10, 0-1 CCAA) kept up the pace against the Lions (6-10, 1-0 CCAA) and outmatched them in rebounds for all four quarters Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Tracy High.
But Millennium’s misses and turnovers proved costly in the second quarter as Big Valley scored 12 unanswered points to lead 25-14 at the half.
The Falcons were more aggressive on the boards in the third quarter. Sophomore Tatiana Barney collected 15 rebounds for the night, and sophomore Anekha Birdi made 16 rebounds.
Barney said the team regrouped at halftime and was determined to challenge Big Valley in the third quarter.
“We definitely talked about how we need to play hard and push and make sure that when you have the opportunity, you drive the ball to the basket,” she said.
Coach Joe Reyes added that the Falcon defense was better in the third quarter as well.
“We just need to be more aggressive. In the first half, when we came out, we were really soft,” he said. “Then Birdi started playing tough, and when that happens, it opens things up on the outside.”
Birdi scored most of her team-high 13 points in the third quarter and also sank 7 of 10 free throws, mostly in that same quarter.
The Falcons also got a boost from junior Reina Perales, whose seven points in the second half included a 3-point shot in the third quarter and a field goal that cut the Lions’ lead to 31-30 at the start of the fourth quarter.
After that, the offensive momentum shifted back to Big Valley, which outscored Millennium 17-5 in the fourth.
Tracy 43, Franklin 35
After a slow first quarter, the Tracy High Bulldogs ramped up their full-court press and forced Franklin High to turn over the ball in the first game of San Joaquin Athletic Association competition on Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Stockton.
Tracy (8-10, 1-0 SJAA) capitalized on steals and fast break opportunities to lead 23-19 at the half and limit Franklin (2-10, 0-1 SJAA) to two points in the third quarter.
The leading scorer for Tracy was junior Toni Harrison with 17 points. Seven more Tracy players contributed to the final score, including Kimberly Paschal, a senior, who scored five points.
McNair 89, West 19
The West High Wolf Pack opened the Tri-City Athletic League girls basketball season at home with a lopsided loss to McNair High on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
McNair’s offensive onslaught left West (2-15, 0-1 TCAL) more than 50 points behind in the first half, and the Eagles (12-1, 1-0 TCAL) continued to outscore the Wolf Pack in the second half.
West junior Sandy Barbosa scored 10 points, including two 3-point shots, and senior Kayla Butler scored four points.
Kimball 49, Oakdale 26
Kimball High’s girls struggled to sink their shots in the first quarter of their Valley Oak League game Friday, Jan. 10, at Oakdale High.
But Kimball (13-2, 2-0 VOL) made up for it by limiting Oakdale (10-5, 1-1 VOL) to two points in the second quarter and then charged ahead in the second half for the 49-26 win.
Junior Sarah Nunes led the Jaguar offense with 13 points, and Alexis Clark, also a junior, scored 11. The top rebounder was freshman Donwanae Anthony with 11 boards.
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