With the second half of the Valley Oak League basketball season under way the Kimball High girls are at the top of the VOL standings.
The Jaguars’ 63-44 win at home over East Union on Tuesday gives Kimball an advantage in the quest for playoffs and the league title. Jaguar coach Mike Granillo said it’s too early to get comfortable with the league standings though, considering that Kimball and Weston Ranch are tied for first place and there are two more weeks of play left in a competitive league.
“We’re focused on our next game (Thursday at home) against Manteca,” Granillo said.
“The girls are working hard and the team chemistry is unbelievable. That makes a big difference in how they play.”
It took some precise outside shooting in the second quarter for the Jaguars (19-3, 8-1 VOL) to overcome East Union’s (13-8, 4-5 VOL) 14-9 first-quarter lead, with junior Allison Schmidt hitting two 3-point shots and juniors Sarah Nunes and Alexis Clark also scoring 3’s in the second quarter.
“We just moved the ball around and attacked,” Schmidt said. “Once we attacked we were open for the 3’s.”
The Jaguars also needed their tall girls on the inside, 5-foot-11 junior Ayida Peters and 5-foot-10 freshman Donwanae Anthony, with 13 rebounds between them, to keep up with East Union’s 6-foot-2 freshman Loretta Kakala, who had 10 boards.
Kimball's offense had balanced scoring, with Schmidt’s 21 points leading the way. Junior Sarah Nunes scored 13 points, Clark scored 11 points, including three 3-point shots, and Anthony also scored 11.
Millennium 39, Elliot Christian 38
Millennium junior Ashley Hart came through for the Falcons with one second left on the clock and her team behind by one point on Tuesday at Elliot Christian in Lodi.
Hart drew a foul as she attacked the basket, and then made both of her free throws to secure the 39-38 Central California Athletic Alliance win for Millennium.
Millennium coach Joe Reyes said that teams battled through a physical game that had the Falcons ahead 4-1 at the end of the first quarter, and the Elliot Eagle woke up their offense in the second quarter to take a 19-9 lead at the half. Hart got her opportunity to win it after she and freshman Amaya Salas led the Falcons’s scoring effort with their outside shots.
“We used every time out that I had and they did everything I asked them to do,” Reyes said. “We passed real well tonight. When that happens we’re in every game.”
Salas scored 14 points for Millennium, including three 3-point shots, and Hart scored 11 points, including two 3’s.
Tracy 53, Lodi 39
The Bulldogs’ early lead served them well as they went up 17-8 in the first quarter. Lodi stepped up its pace for the rest of the game but Tracy (12-13, 4-3 San Joaquin Athletic Association) continued to pull ahead for the 53-39 win at home over Lodi (14-10, 4-3 SJAA) on Tuesday. The outcome puts Tracy and Lodi in a tie for third place in the SJAA.
Junior Toni Harrison scored 14 points for Tracy, senior Kimberly Paschal scored nine and sophomore Jazymn Gonzalez and senior Sarah Rodriguez scored eight each.
Tokay 60, West 57
The Wolf Pack played a close game at home on Tuesday against the Tokay Tigers. The Wolf Pack (2-20, 0-7 Tri-City Athletic League) missed its opportunities to pull ahead at the end as the Tigers (7-14, 3-4 TCAL) pulled ahead for the 60-57 win.
West junior Sandy Barbosa led the Wolf Pack with 15 points, and sophomores Brittney Reyes, Brenna Claus and Brittany Bem also were strong on offense.
Langston Hughes Academy 31, Delta Charter 25
The Dragons struggled on offense Tuesday at Hughes Academy in Stockton, scoring just seven points in the first half to their opponents’ 12.
Delta Charter’s girls (12-9, 8-2 Mountain Valley League) attacked the basket, but they missed their free throws even after drawing repeated fouls from Hughes Academy (3-12, 3-6 MVL).
Leading scorer for Delta Charter was Emma Richardson with seven points.
The Dragons couldn’t hold back the Big Valley Christian Lions’ second half comeback on Monday in Modesto in a non-league match. Delta Charter 12-8, 8-1 Mountain Valley League) held the 26-20 lead at the half before the Lions (11-11, 5-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) rallied through the third and fourth quarters for the 50-35 win. Senior Asia Harris was the Dragons’ offensive leader with 23 points.
Tracy 50, Franklin 45
Tracy nearly saw its 29-17 halftime lead slip away in the second half of the Bulldogs' San Joaquin Athletic Association contest against Franklin on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Tracy High. Fourth quarter shots for sophomore Jazmyn Gonzalez and a 3-pointer for junior Jessi Johnson kept Tracy in the lead at the end. Sophomore Natalie Johnson was Tracy’s scoring leader with 13 points and Gonzalez scored 12.
Kimball 49, Sierra 35
The Jaguars stayed in control from the start of their road game at Sierra High on Thursday, Jan. 30. Kimball held a 29-20 lead and the half and continued to outscore Sierra through the third quarter. Freshman Donwanae Anthony led the Jaguar offense with 18 points. Junior Sarah Nunes scored 10 points and junior Alexis Clark scored nine.
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