The Delta Charter High School girls basketball team extended its winning streak to six games, all against Mountain Valley League opponents, with a 36-12 victory against the Lodi Academy Titans on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at home.
Not only are the Dragons (9-6, 6-0 MVL) having their best season yet in the school’s fourth year of girls basketball, but they are now the lone undefeated MVL team as they approach the midway point in the league season.
Delta Charter will travel to Groveland on Thursday, Jan. 23, to face league opponent Tioga High for a second time and will play Stockton Christian High a second time on Monday, Jan. 27. The team will complete the first half of league competition with its first match of the season against Venture Academy of Stockton on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home.
“We know that if we get through these games, we can start looking at that league championship,” Dragon coach Johnny Aguilar said. “That light the end of the tunnel will start getting real bright.”
Aguilar noted that the team has gained some experience, with senior Asia Harris back for another year and now the Dragons’ leading scorer. Senior Shania Rivera, who transferred from Liberty High of Brentwood, joined the team during the league season after a California Interscholastic Federation-mandated waiting period.
“That’s going to make a huge difference,” the coach said.
On Tuesday, the Dragons led the Titans (0-9, 0-4 MVL) during the entire game at the Teranishi Events Center.
The Dragons put up a fast-paced full-court press that kept the Titans away from the basket for most of the first half. Delta Charter was up 11-1 before Lodi Academy scored its first field goal late in the second quarter.
Aguilar was still frustrated that the team had made only three shots in the first quarter and didn’t start consistently making baskets from the floor until the second half.
“We’ve really got to pick it up on Thursday night (against Tioga),” Aguilar said. “We’ve got to come out faster than we did tonight.”
Harris said she and her teammates were capable of playing a faster-paced game.
“Tonight we were a little bit slow, but I loved the way we played our defense tonight,” she said. “That’s why we stayed in the game as much as we did.”
Harris scored 16 points for Delta Charter and had four steals. Junior Emma Richardson scored seven, freshman Lauren Rudnick scored six and pulled down seven rebounds and sophomore Katlin Goode had eight rebounds.
Big Valley Christian 41, Millennium 30
The Lions from Big Valley Christian High had the advantage over the Millennium High Falcons throughout their Central California Athletic Alliance game Monday, Jan. 20, at Tracy High.
Millennium (5-12, 0-3 CCAA) trailed 22-15 at the half and scored just one field goal in the third.
Freshman Amaya Salas scored six of the Falcons’ 12 points in the fourth quarter as Millennium outscored Big Valley (8-10, 3-0 CCAA) in the final frame, but it was too late to catch up.
Sophomore Ashley Hart led the Falcons with nine points, and junior Reina Perales scored seven.
Kimball 67, Manteca 49
The Kimball High girls claimed a Valley Oak League win at Manteca High on Friday, Jan. 17.
The Jaguars (14-3, 3-1 VOL) held a 34-22 lead over Manteca (4-12, 1-2 VOL) at the half and stayed in control of the game through the end.
Allison Schmidt and Sarah Nunes, both juniors, scored 20 points each for Kimball. Freshman Donwanae Anthony scored 14.
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