Tracy High’s girls stayed in the race for playoffs with their 41-36 win over theChavez Titans on Tuesday in Bill Swenson Gymnasium.
Now their final game of the regular season on Thursday against second-place Bear Creek will decide if the Bulldogs (16-10, 5-4 San Joaquin Athletic Association) go to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II playoffs.
As of Tuesday Tracy was after a share of third place with Lodi. Three teams in the SJAA go to playoffs, and the outcome of Thursday’s games, including first-place Lincoln against Lodi, will decide which teams qualify.
“We had to win today and we have to win Thursday and then see what happens after that,” Solano said.
On Tuesday the Bulldogs and Titans played a defensive game, where both teams protected the inside of the key and turned to the outside shots to score. Tracy held a narrow lead after the first quarter and pulled ahead by five late in the second.
The Titans, who hit five 3-point shots in the first half, tied it up 20-20 at the break. Tracy and Chavez traded the lead back and forth and stayed within three points of each other until midway through the fourth quarter.
Tracy also fought for control of the ball, with junior Toni Harrison, sophomore Jazmyn Gonzalez, freshman Caitlyn Bowman, senior Sarah Rodriguez and senior Kimberly Paschal each pulling in five or more rebounds. Gonzalez also had four steals.
“They really wanted win so we had to pick up our speed and pick up our offense, and not make bad passes,” Gonzalez said, adding that her team just had play with more energy in the fourth quarter.
“It was more pressure. We wanted it more.”
Tracy finally pulled ahead as Harrison and Gonzalez went on a fourth-quarter scoring run. Gonzalez was Tracy’s scoring leader with 13 points and Harrison scored 11.
Kimball 56, Oakdale 39
The Jaguars have clinched their SJS Division I playoff spot with their 56-39 win at Oakdale High on Tuesday.
Kimball’s girls (21-3, 10-1 Valley Oak League) are also the first Jaguar girls varsity basketball team to win more than 20 games in a season.
The Jaguars won on Tuesday with a dominant first half, leading 31-13 at the end of the second quarter. Oakdale (11-13, 2-9 VOL) had more success on offense in the second half, but not nearly enough to overcome the Jaguars’ early lead.
Junior Sarah Nunes led the Kimball offense with 18 points. Freshman Donwanae Anthony scored 16, junior Allison Schmidt scored nine and junior Isabella Lawrence added six.
The Jaguars have three more games in the regular season. They travel to Lathrop on Thursday, host Sonora on Saturday, and host Weston Ranch on Tuesday in what will most likely be the contest for the VOL title.
Big Valley Christian 45, Millennium 20
The Big Valley Christian Lions pounced early on the Falcons on Friday in Modesto.
Big Valley Christian (13-11, 7-1 Central California Athletic Alliance) held a 31-13 lead at the half and shut out the Falcons (7-14, 2-5 CCAA) in the third quarter on the way to the win.
Freshman Amaya Salas was Millennium’s scoring leader with eight points.
The outcome means that the Falcons must win their last two games of league play, Friday at Stone Ridge Christian in Merced, and Tuesday at Elliot Christian in Lodi, in order to qualify for the SJS Division V playoffs.
Kimball 56, Manteca 37
Kimball’s girls basketball team didn’t find its rhythm until the second half of the Jaguars’ 56-37 win over Manteca on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Kimball High.
Both Kimball and Manteca struggled to score in the first quarter, and by the half Kimball was up 19-14. The Jaguars picked up their intensity on both sides of the court in the third quarter and kept up the pace through the fourth.
Freshman Donwanae Anthony led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds. Junior Alexis Clark scored 16 points and junior Allison Schmidt scored 10. Junior Ayida Peters had 11 rebounds.
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