A chance to take first place in the San Joaquin Athletic Association eluded the Tracy High girls basketball team with the Bulldogs’ 47-37 loss to Bear Creek on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (10-12, 3-2 SJAA) now take a step back at the midway point of the league season while Bear Creek (18-4, 4-1 SJAA) took their place atop the league standings.
By the end of the first quarter the Bruins had taken control of the inside of the key. Bear Creek also limited Tracy’s top shooter, junior Toni Harrison, who averages more than 13 points per-game, to no field goals through the first three quarters and nine points total for the night.
Bear Creek had a 10-point lead midway through the second quarter and never let Tracy get closer than six points for the rest of the game.
Tracy 5-foot-10 senior center Kimberly Paschal had to compete with The Bruins’ tall girls, 5-foot-10 senior Ashlyn Jones and 5-foot-11 sophomore Precious Younger for control of the inside of the key.
“They’re really athletic and aggressive,” Paschal said, adding that her challenge was to move quickly and guard them effectively without fouling. She added that the team knows what to expect when they go to Bear Creek on Feb. 13 for a rematch.
“Our number-one thing is to not be rattled by the (Bear Creek) fans. Just staying focused and playing together as a team.”
The Bear Creek girls consistently outrebounded Tracy to deny the Bulldogs second chances on their missed shots, with 12 rebounds for Jones and eight for Younger. Jones was the game’s scoring leader with 28 points.
Paschal was Tracy’s scoring leader with 10 points. Senior Sarah Rodriguez and sophomore Jasmyn Gonzalez scored six points each. Tracy’s leader on the boards was sophomore Natalie Johnson with six rebounds and Rodriguez had five rebounds.
Kimball 55, Weston Ranch 35
Kimball High’s girls stayed in control of their road game on Tuesday at Weston Ranch for a 55-35 win. With the win the Jaguars and the Weston Ranch Cougars share first place in the Valley Oak League midway through the league season.
Kimball coach Mike Granillo said the Jaguars (17-3, 6-1 VOL) effectively broke the Cougars’ press and penetrated the inside to take 29-17 lead at the half and they continued to outscore the Cougars (13-6, 6-1 VOL) in the third and fourth quarters.
Freshman Donwanae Anthony led the Kimball offense with 21 points. Junior Allison Schmidt scored 12 points, junior Alexis Clark scored 10 and junior Sarah Nunes scored seven.
Stone Ridge Christian 38, Millennium 27
A short-staffed Millennium Falcon team was unable to keep up with the Stone Ridge Christian girls on Tuesday at Kimball High. Stone Ridge (2-7, 1-4 Central California Athletic Alliance) held a 14-8 lead at the half and continued to outscore Millennium (6-13, 1-4 CCAA) through the third quarter.
The Falcons had only six players on Tuesday following grade reports, but coach Joe Reyes said he expects some of the girls will be back by Tuesday, Feb. 4, when Millenium goes to Lodi to face Elliot Christian.
Junior Reina Perales led the Millennium team with 11 points.
Stagg 51, West 45
West Coach Emilio Guzman said that Wolf Pack girls led their home game against Stagg High through the first three quarters, but the Delta Queens made a comeback in the fourth for the Tri-City Athletic League win. Further details were not available. The loss puts West at 2-18, 0-5 in the TCAL.
Stockton Christian 62, Delta Charter 56
The Dragons saw their winning streak come to an end as their top competition for first place in the Mountain Valley League, the visiting Stockton Christian Eagles, took advantage of some late fouls to charge ahead in the final minutes of Monday’s game at the Teranishi Events Center.
The Eagles started with an early lead and were ahead 43-30 going into the fourth quarter. The Dragons (10-7, 7-1 MVL), boosted by shots from senior guard Asia Harris, got within five points of the Eagles (9-10, 7-1 MVL) in the fourth. The momentum shifted back to the Eagles after Harris, the Dragon’s scoring leader with 32 points, fouled out with three minutes left, and the Eagles quickly extended their lead to 60-45.
Delta Charter junior Emma Richardson and senior Shania Rivera attacked the basket, causing all but three of the Eagles, who started the game with six players, to foul out, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap. Rivera finished the night with 14 points, 11 of them in the fourth quarter.
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