Girls Basketball: Stockton team repeats as tourney champs
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Brookside Christian of Stockton was the dominant force at the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament.

The Knights claimed the title Saturday night, Dec. 29, at Tracy High with an 82-34 win over the Patterson Tigers.

Saturday night’s game capped four days of basketball for 16 girls teams playing at Tracy and West high schools.

Also Saturday, the Gregori High girls basketball team took third place with a 45-41 win over Tracy.

Consolation trophies went to Foothill High of Palo Cedro, which beat Manteca 50-33 on Saturday at West High, and Napa High, which beat Mission San Jose of Fremont 37-31 at Tracy High.

Brookside Christian 82, Patterson 34

The Knights allowed Patterson just one field goal for the entire first quarter to take a 31-2 lead.

The Tigers matched Brookside’s pace in the second quarter as they fought for rebounds and passed well enough to break through Brookside’s press.

But the Knights (11-2) continued their aggressive game in the second half to keep Patterson (11-2) in check.

Brookside junior Tiara Tucker led all scorers with 28 points and hit six of the Knights’ 15 3-point shots. Brookside sophomore Ariana Vaughn scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers.

Patterson junior center Mele Topouata led her team’s offense with 14 points. She and junior guard Jovanna Arrington were named to the all-tournament team.

Brookside sophomore Ra’kyra Gabriel was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and freshman Mi’cole Cayton was an all-tournament selection.

Gregori 45, Tracy 41

The Bulldogs and Jaguars were tied at 15-15 three minutes into the second quarter, but Gregori senior guard Marissa McDuffy gave her team a spark by fighting for turnovers and rebounds going into the half.

Tracy (8-7) got close again at the start of the third with shots from senior center Shelby Perry and senior guard Taylor Juarez, and Karsi Fyfe hit a 3-point shot at the end of the third to cut Gregori’s lead to 36-35.

But Gregori (12-1) extended its lead early in the fourth and answered each of Tracy’s shots to hang on for the win.

Tracy coach Derek Solano said his team put up an admirable effort against a strong opponent.

“I just told the girls that we had a similar situation last year when we played really well and lost the game,” he said. “It was one of our more well-played games, so we hope that’s something we carry forward to West (at home Thursday, Jan. 3) and then into league.”

Leading Tracy’s offense were senior guards Tammy Serrato and Emily Anchartechahar with nine each. Perry scored eight, and Fyfe, Tracy’s all-tournament selection, contributed seven.

Gregori’s McDuffy led all scorers with 27 points, including 11 of 15 free throws, and was her team’s all-tournament pick.

West 45, Tokay 26

The Wolf Pack got off to a strong start Saturday against Tokay and kept up the pace through the second and third quarter to build 41-20 lead going into the fourth.

West (9-7) stayed in control through the second half and limited Tokay (1-12) with an effective full-court press and strong rebounding from junior Nini Woodward and freshman Gabrielle Keane.

West sophomore Kate Bell said that even though her team went 1-3 for the week, the games were close and the team can see where it needs to improve.

“I definitely saw us improving, and I’m definitely looking forward to league starting up in a few weeks,” she said.

Leading the offense for West on Saturday were sophomore Sandy Barbosa and senior Emma Bell with 11 points each, and Woodward and Kate Bell had eight points each.

Other Saturday scores

Lathrop 53, Modesto 33

East Union 43, Turlock 37

El Camino 60, Mills 54

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