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Weston Ranch, Lathrop girls win season openers

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POSTED December 1, 2010 2:47 a.m.
STOCKTON — The Weston Ranch High girls basketball team made its season debut with a 47-39 win Tuesday at Bear Creek.

The Cougars led from start to finish, jumping out to a 19-6 first-period lead.

After trailing 34-20 at the intermission, Bear Creek whittled away at the Weston Ranch advantage in the second half, closing to within five with three minutes left in the game.

But then Lydria Wright derailed any comeback hopes, nailing a trey to help secure the victory for the Cougars.

“It was nice to open the season with a ‘W,’” said Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer, who was pleased with the first-half effort exhibited by his team.

“We played sloppy in the second half, made some mistakes, and almost let the game get away,” he added.

Offensively, the Cougars were led by senior point guard Timnesha Wilson, who netted 12 points, with Jazmin Strane adding eight points.

“I liked the way we played defense in the first half,” Bauer said.

 His team can now focus on ironing out some of the early season kinks. Weston Ranch is expecting a tough matchup Tuesday at Lincoln.

Lathrop 49, Johansen 38
His team may be undersized on most nights, but Lathrop High girls varsity coach Ed Fang knows his young but promising squad can rely on speed and quickness.

Those assets certainly worked in favor of his Spartans at Johansen.

Lathrop out-hustled the Vikings in the season opener, relying on pressure defense to get the job done.
Down 9-6 after the opening period, the Spartans went on a 20-8 run in the second quarter, claiming a 26-17 lead at the intermission.

“We used ball pressure and did a good job of blocking out their ‘bigs,’” Fang said.

In the second half, Johansen rallied back, narrowing the gap and even took the lead at one point.

Lathrop got strong guard play from Jasmine Elder, who led the way with 19 points, and promising freshman playmaker Diamond Gomez, who chipped in with seven.

In addition, forward Erica Gomez had 11 points with nine rebounds for the Spartans (1-0).

Varsity boys
Stagg 50, Lathrop 40
For the better part of 27 minutes, the Spartans competed in their season opener at Stagg.

At one point, they were a field goal away from tying the game in the second half. But the Delta Kings managed to pull away for the win.

“It was encouraging to see us battle it out on the road,” said Lathrop coach J.J. Ramirez.

His young squad was led by guard Ricky Chavez, who had 16 points. Pedro Flores added nine points.

“We had our shots (to go ahead),” said Ramirez, who must get his young squad ready for back-to-back games.

Lathrop will travel to Patterson today.

Lower levels
Sophomore girls
Weston Ranch 53, Bear Creek 36
The Cougars led from start to finish, getting balanced scoring while relying on a strong defensive rotation at Bear Creek.

Leading the way for Weston Ranch was Stephanie Jackson, who had 13 points. Anna Haley and Candisse Griffin both chipped in with 12.

Weston Ranch sealed the deal against the Bruins with a 21-3 run in the second half, and will now gear up for Thursday’s inaugural Lady Cougar tournament.

Weston Ranch (1-0) is scheduled to play in the 8 p.m. game.

Lathrop 43, Johansen 27
Loreal Taylor had 15 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Spartans past host Johansen in the season opener.

Lathrop (1-0) started off slow but picked up the pace in the second half, according to coach Christina Jones.

“We came out with more enthusiasm in the second half,” she said.

Her team led 23-12 at the intermission.

Janet Visaya added eight points for the Spartans. Celina DeSantis and Manjar Kaur both hauled in nine boards while scoring six and five points, respectively.

Sophomore boys
Stagg 56, Lathrop 54
Bill Slikker didn’t take over the Spartans until recently.

The veteran coach saw promise in his young squad despite the opening season loss at Stagg.

“We were up by double digits but the game get away,” Slikker said.

The Spartans were paced by Mikey Perez Negron and Gustavo Contreras. Both finished with 12 points.

Lathrop (0-1) is at Patterson today, playing back-to-back games this early in the season.
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