A soft spot for victory
by Chris Roberts
Jan 22, 2008 | 446 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print


At a glance

Tracy 60, Chavez 40


The start was all they needed — but the finish wasn’t too bad, either.

In the second game of what can be called, no offense to anybody, the softer part of their league schedule, the Tracy High girls basketball jumped out to 17-5 lead after a quarter Tuesday night and added 16 points in the fourth, building toward a 60-40 win over visiting Chavez in San Joaquin Athletic Association play at Swenson Gym.

The win is Tracy’s second in as many tries ahead of Thursday’s key tilt in Lodi against the defending league champion Flames, who beat Tracy (2-1 SJAA, 12-8) twice last season.

“It’s one of those (games that) gives the girls an opportunity to play,” said Tracy coach Mike Granillo Jr., who rotated his entire roster in and out throughout the contest, with nine different players finding the scoresheet. “Now, the big test is we have to get ready for Lodi.”

Chavez’s Holly Trammel led all scorers with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. She helped the Titans (1-2, 5-14) to a 14-point second quarter, but she couldn’t do it by herself. No other visitor had more than six, and nobody could do a thing about the rebounding battle, which Tracy took 38-21.

Junior ‘Dogs forward Marlene Macmillan had eight of those boards and added a team-high 13 points. Guard Megan Machado tossed in eight, and sophomore guard Cezzalene Arabia and senior Ashley Freitas both put in seven.

Jordan Averiett and Nicole Parks-Powell both added six.

Tracy did lose a bit of focus at times, and the Titans managed to whittle the lead down to single digits early in the third. But the ‘Dogs responded, scoring twelve straight points to lead by 16 entering the fourth, and Tracy went on a 14-2 run to secure the lead, 58-31, with about a minute to go.

Macmillan admitted it was “one of those games” where the challenge might be lacking.

“It’s kinda like a practice game for us, but we don’t want to take it too lightly,” she said. “They almost had a 20-point second quarter.”

Free-throw shooting might be the only negative for Tracy, as the ‘Dogs missed 10 of their 16 attempts. The Titans fared little better, going 4-for-14.

Tracy visits Lodi, still undefeated going into their game Tuesday at Franklin, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

(S) Tracy 37, Chavez 31

Freshman Christyann Sherohman hit three 3-pointers en route to 12 points and Lindsey Phelps was 4-for-4 from the line on her way to 10 points for the Ladypups (1-2 SJAA).

Sahar Osmani added nine.

(F) Tracy 42, Chavez 28

Victory was the Bullpuppies’ on Tuesday, thanks in no small part to 12 points from Adriana Lopez and nine from Catherine Gibson, who was a rebounding machine.

Ashley Serpa, Bridget Emery and Taylor Bobbitt all scored six apiece for Tracy (1-2 SJAA, 6-12).


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