At a glance
Tracy 56, Bear Creek 42
The Tracy High girls basketball team gained its third win in a row Tuesday night, defeating Bear Creek 56-42 on the Bruins’ home court in Stockton.
The win puts the Bulldogs at 5-2 in the San Joaquin Athletic Association and 15-9 overall.
Head coach Mike Granillo Jr. said he expected his team to do well against the Bruins (1-5, 9-15 overall), but the Bulldogs didn’t take control right away.
“The first half, we were kind of sluggish and slow,” Granillo said. “The third quarter, we jumped on it.”
He credits senior center Nicole Parks-Powell and junior forward Ashley Freitas with a strong defensive game that shut down the Bruins’ scoring effort in the third quarter.
Granillo said the team went on the attack through the second half. Jordan Averiett led Tracy’s scoring drive with 15 points, including a 3-point shot, and both Freitas and Parks-Powell contributed 13 each.
(S) Bear Creek 34, Tracy 28
The Bullpups started off well enough against the Bruins’ sophomore team, with Christyann Sherohman leading her team with eight points. But they lost their momentum in the second half and were all but shut down in the fourth quarter.
“They turned the ball over and couldn’t make a basket,” coach Troy Brown said afterward. “They couldn’t get it to happen.”
The loss puts the Bullpups at 4-3 in the SJAA and 14-10 oveall.
(F) Bear Creek 48, Tracy 20
The freshman girls didn’t hang onto their first-quarter lead for long. When the Bruins’ defense squelched Tracy’s scoring efforts in the second quarter, it set the pace for the rest of the game.
Tracy’s effort was led by Catherine Gibson and Taylor Bobbitt with five points each, but Bear Creek kept scoring, while suppressing Tracy’s offense.
The loss leaves the Bullpuppies at 2-5 in the SJAA, 7-15 overall.