Tracy coach Mike Granillo said he hopes the lopsided win is enough preparation for Thursday’s game on the road against Lincoln, which leads the San Joaquin Athletic Association and is the No. 6 team in the Sac Joaquin Section’s Division I. Tracy faces second-place Chavez next week, and those will be the games that matter if the Bulldogs are to move up in the section power ratings.
On Tuesday, the Bulldogs (9-12 overall, 4-2 SJAA) outplayed the Yellowjackets (2-17, 0-6) on both ends of the court for most of the game, even after both teams got off to a slow start. Neither team landed any shots from the floor in the first four minutes, and Tracy was ahead 21-1 before Franklin hit its first field goal 2½ minutes into the second quarter.
Granillo said he knew his team had the advantage from the start, and he mixed up his lineup so that girls who usually don’t start could get a different perspective.
Tracy, which beat Franklin, 45-25, in the first game of league play, still relied on its usual scoring leaders. Elise Travis scored 12 for Tracy, and Stefanie Eubanks and Tonta’ne Gilbert each scored 10. Eubanks also had six steals, and Arianna Grimes blocked three shots. Franklin’s leading scorer was Faith Stallworth with six points. Varsity girls: Millennium 47, Brookside Christian 40
The Millennium High girls came out fired up against the Brookside Christian team Tuesday in Stockton. The Falcons had a 20-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and played steady after that. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Brookside press started to hold back Millennium.
The scoring leader for the Falcons (10-9 overall, 7-4 Harvest Christian League) was Brianna Murawski with 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Ashourina Haynes scored 13 and had 11 rebounds, Jaylen Woods scored nine and Essence White had 17 rebounds. Sophomores: Tracy 44, Franklin 34
Tracy had a 39-19 lead at the end of three before backing off. Franklin outscored Tracy in the fourth but still couldn’t come close. Coach Keith Britt said it was a needed confidence boost for the Tracy team (11-10, 2-4). Mariah Serrato was Tracy’s leading scorer with 22 points and Mika Mendoza scored 16. Freshmen: Tracy 48, Franklin 25
Freshman coach Frank Juarez also mixed up his starting lineup to start off Tuesday’s game, and the Yellowjackets took a 9-3 lead in the first quarter. Tracy (21-1, 6-0) regrouped in the second quarter and outscored Franklin, 24-6, in the period, and then shut out the Yellowjackets in the third quarter to get a big lead. Scoring leaders were Emily Anchartechahar with 15 and Tammy Serrato scored 11. Sophomore boys: Edison 67, Kimball 49
The Jaguars (11-11 overall, 3-4 Tri-City Athletic League) showed the potential to outpace the Edison Vikings on Monday at Kimball High. But it turned out the Vikings had more determination to grab and hang onto the ball as they took a 67-49 win.
Edison started with the lead and held onto it through the first quarter before Kimball’s Alex Toledo hit a shot and then a free throw at the start of the second to put the Jaguars up, 20-19.
Kimball took a 25-19 lead in the second, but Edison hit its outside shots to take that lead away from the Jaguars and put the Vikings up 30-28 at halftime.
After a brief back-and-forth game at the start of the third, the Jaguar offense all but shut down as the Vikings ruled on rebounds and even more outside shots. Kimball tried to pick up the pace in the fourth quarter, but it still ended with Edison in charge.
Kimball coach Justin Gregory said it looked as if his players just dropped their guard in the third quarter, allowing Edison to seize the initiative. He said it was a stark contrast to the Jaguars’ win Thursday against West.
“It seems like after we play a tough game, we tend to relax and think that we can just rest and ride the momentum of our last game, and not translate that toughness to four straight quarters,” Gregory said. “More than anything, it was a mental breakdown. We had the focus to start but couldn’t sustain the effort.”
Top scorers for Kimball were Beau Lawrence with 16 points, Toledo with nine and Joe Walls with eight. Edison’s top scorer was Juan Batista with 23 points. Freshmen: Kimball 70, Edison 63
Kimball’s freshmen (15-4, 4-3) started off with the lead, ahead 17-9 at the end of the first, before the Vikings started to catch up. In the third quarter, the Vikings hit more of their outside shots — four 3-pointers in the quarter, nine for the night — to take a 42-38 lead at the end of the third.
A fast-paced fourth quarter had the teams trade the lead three times before the Vikings got into foul trouble, including two technical fouls. That gave the Jaguars the advantage at the free-throw line, as they hit 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quarter alone.
The leading scorer for Kimball was Millard Hampson with 19 points, including four 2-point shots, Devante Baisa scored 15, Nate Van Katwyk scored 11 points, and Derek Van Destreek scored nine. Freshman girls: Kimball 45, Edison 28
The Jaguars took over in the second quarter Monday at Edison High in Stockton.
Kimball (10-9, 3-4) went into the period with a 13-10 lead and then denied the Viking offense its shots from the floor for the rest of the first half, while the Jaguars scored 12, to make it 25-11 at the half.
The Vikings got their offense going again in the second half, but they were still outscored.
Kimball’s Sara Searle led her team with 26 points, Aubrey Snyder scored six and had 10 rebounds, Mailea Manalo scored five and had eight rebounds, Amanda Larson scored four and had five rebounds and Anisha Richardson had eight rebounds.
Results for the sophomore girls were not available.
Kimball will play at home today against McNair. Freshmen begin at 4 p.m. and sophomores at 5:30 p.m.