The Kimball boys hosted the Liberty Ranch Hawks at West, where the Hawks took a 51-38 win in the sophomore game after they came out strong in the first quarter and finished strong in the fourth.
Sophomore coach Justin Gregory said that the team is still working out which players will do best in particular roles.
“At stretches, it was hard to put all four quarters together, and that boils down to team unity,” he said. “We’re still working on different combinations to see what the best chemistry is: Five devoted guys who are going to play hard and play smart.”
The bright spots, he said, were when the Jaguars clamped down on defense. That’s when he saw players work together best.
“When we started to take breaks, we got beat. It was a communication breakdown that hampered us.”
Freshman Alex Toledo was the team’s top scorer with 10 points for the night, and he was also the team’s top rebounder. Elisha Mitchell also came though with rebounds in the second half, and Kimball’s other top scorers were Paulo Dinglasan and Tyrell Brewer with six each.
Freshmen: Kimball 56, Liberty Ranch 37
The Jaguars took a 30-19 lead at the half and never let up. Millard Hampton scored 12, Chandler Alves scored nine, Derek Van Destreek scored seven and Nate Van Karyk scored six.
GirlsSophomores: Liberty Ranch 54, Kimball 31
In their debut game in Galt, the Kimball girls fell behind in the first quarter and the Hawks went on to a 31-13 lead at the half. Leading scorer for the Jaguars was Megan Bhathal with 16 points. Charlene Asuncion scored five, and Kristy Nguyen and Selena Moran scored four each.
Freshmen: Liberty Ranch 35, Kimball 19
The newest basketball team in town got off to slow start as the Hawks took at 19-6 lead at the half and went on to outscore Kimball through the second half. Aubrey Snyder and Sara Searle scored six each, and Amanda Larson scored five.
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