The Kimball High girls made up for their first-round loss with a 55-32 win over Tokay High of Lodi on Friday, Dec. 27, in the second-round of the four-day Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Girls Basketball Tournament.
The win means the Jaguars have a chance to play for the tournament’s consolation bracket trophy if they can beat Modesto on Saturday in the third round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, both Tracy and West lost their second-round games, meaning that they also need wins on Saturday if they are to have a shot at one of the consolation trophies.
The four teams to advance to Friday’s championship bracket semifinals are the McNair High Eagles of Stockton (9-0), The Napa Indians (11-0), the Patterson Tigers (10-3), and the Mission San Jose Warriors (7-2) of Fremont.
Kimball 55, Tokay 32
Kimball (8-2) came out with strong pressure on both sides of the court to outscore the Tokay Tigers (1-8) 32-8 in the first half of Friday afternoon’s game at West High.
The Jaguars won it with balanced scoring across the roster. The offensive effort included six 3-point shots, including two each for juniors Allison Schmidt and Alexis Clark and one each for senior Noni Kuumba and junior Sarah Nunes.
“We played everyone,” Nunes said. “We didn’t play for one person. We played for the whole team.”
Coach Mike Granillo said that he wanted to get everyone on the team in the game in order to pace the Jaguars for the rest of the four-day event.
“We have two more days left so we want to make sure everybody comes out ready to go,” he said.
Nunes was the Jaguars scoring leader with nine points and Clark and sophomore Bria Gorman scored eight each.
Napa 64, West 9
The Wolf Pack put up an aggressive defense but was no match for a much taller Napa team.
Napa outrebounded West on both sides of the court and allowed the Pack few opportunities to get inside the key on offense. The Indians also proved quick and aggressive and forced repeated turnovers as West tried to get the ball to the Pack’s outside shooters.
“Our main problem is that we have no height,” coach Emilio Guzman said, adding that he expects his team also will have to improve on teamwork and communication.
“Our basketball mentality … our experience level is not there.”
Sophomore Brittany Bem, Herbie Jo Delacruz, junior Taylor Herrera and sophomore Alyssa Febre scored for West, and sophomore Brittney Reyes had nine rebounds.
Mission San Jose 58, Tracy 26
Mission San Jose held back Tracy’s offense in the first half for a 34-14 lead at the half. Tracy was unable to pick up any momentum in the second half and finished with the 58-26 loss.
Tracy coach Derek Solano said 31 turnovers over the course of the game gave the Warriors many opportunities for easy shots.cost the Bulldogs.
“(The Warriors) are a good team and they played well defensively,” Solano said. “They were all over, they were scrappy, they were fast, and we were just caught off-guard and were not ready for that.”
Junior Toni Harrison was Tracy’s scoring leader with 11 points, and junior Jessi Johnson scored five.
McNair 69, East Union 30
Patterson 44, Gregori 33
Excel Academy 81, Modesto 6
Mills 51, Manteca 48
Lathrop 60, Johansen 35
Riverbank vs. Tokay, West High, 3 p.m.
West vs. East Union, Tracy High, 3 p.m.
Johansen vs. Manteca, West High, 4:30 p.m.
Tracy vs. Gregori, Tracy High, 4:30 p.m.
Modesto vs. Kimball, 6 p.m., West High
Napa vs. McNair, 6 p.m., Tracy High
Lathrop vs. Mills, 7:30 p.m., West High
Mission San Jose vs. Patterson, 7:30 p.m., Tracy High
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