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WR finds little trouble in blowout over Franklin

Weston Ranch standout Emoni Wilson drives to the basket for two points Thursday during Weston Ranch’s blowout win over Franklin.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED December 20, 2012 11:39 p.m.

WESTON RANCH – A scheduling conflict with Tokay High forced Weston Ranch to supplement its contest against the Tigers with a matchup against Franklin High of Stockton. The Cougars made a swift adjustment, blasting Franklin 65-28 Thursday in their home gym.

The Cougars (5-2) cruised from the onset, building an insurmountable 17-4 lead after one quarter and adding to the lead throughout the second half. Weston Ranch exploited Franklin with pressure, full-court defense and a scoring output that saw five different Cougars score in the first half.

The Cougars’ effort somewhat slid going into halftime, but Weston Ranch returned to the floor in the second half back on track, playing just as they opened the contest.

“The first half, at times, we didn’t have any heart,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “With all respect, we played to the level of our competition and we struggle with that.

“We went into halftime and got yelled at and we responded. We have to find that next level and be consistent with it.”

The Cougars got a consistent effort from Brianna White who finished with a game-high 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Defensively, she was as impressive, crashing the boards and altering shots on the inside all through her time on the court.

“I wanted to come out here and try and help my team get the win,” White said. “We have heart and we play with it constantly, it’s just at times we get down on ourselves. Our coach is constantly pushing us and we know it is very important for us to close the game.

“We always open games very tough, but we are learning to keep it up for four quarters.”

The Cougars also got standout play from A.J. Brown (14 points), Emoni Wilson (13 points) and Elisabeth Alexander with nine. Alicia Fuentez led Franklin as the only player in double-figures with 10.

Sophomore

Weston Ranch 55, Tokay 18

The Cougars had an easy time with the visiting Yellowjackets, building a 34-11 halftime lead on their way to the blowout victory.

Weston Ranch (7-3) was led by Kelli Laughlin’s 13 points and Victoria Gulley’s 11 points.

The Cougars will be back on the court Dec. 26 when they open play in the 26th Annual Irvington JV Invitational with tournament host Irvington at 7:30 p.m.

Freshman

Weston Ranch 58, Tokay 34

It was all Weston Ranch (6-4) in a blowout victory over visiting Tokay.

Elysia Hernandez led the Cougars with 17 points and a game-high seven steals and Sianne Singharath added a dozen in the win.

The group will be back on the court Dec. 27 when they open the Chavez Classic against Johansen at 8:30 a.m.

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