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Hasal sinks six 3s as Lady Buffs rout Turlock

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POSTED December 22, 2012 12:54 a.m.

The Manteca High Buffaloes opened with 14 unanswered points, and Jessica Hasal hit six 3-pointers as they rolled past the Turlock Bulldogs on the road 50-25 on Friday.

Jasmine Odell led the way early on, pressuring Turlock ball handlers into turnovers and helping the Manteca score easy points.

“We didn’t really know much about Turlock so we were just trying to build on our previous game of playing solid man to man defense,” Manteca’s head coach Cody Norman said. “We got kind of lucky because they hit a cold streak at the free throw line so I think that let us get that lead until we broke it open at the end of the third quarter.”

Hasal finished with 19 points and was the lone player in double figures. She only missed one shot from beyond the 3-point arc. Sister Mikayla Hasal contributed nine points

“Jessica did really well at the three point line last game as well. She can make her shots and when she gets into rhythm she definitely has more of a green light than other players,” Norman said.

Manteca’s Christmas break will be short-lived with the scheduled Tracy Tournament starting Dec. 26.

— Frankie Tovar of the Turlock Journal contributed to this report.

Cosumnes Oaks Tournament

Sierra 64, Hiram Johnson 36

Sierra was able to get back into the win column during second day action of the tournament.

The Timberwolves landed nine players in the scorebook, getting a huge effort from junior Celine Barber who led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Valerie Nestor made her presence felt with 14, while Asia Cortez as the third Timberwolves to land in double-figures with 10.

Cordova 41, Lathrop 38

The Spartans continue to climb in the right direction, but getting a victory continues to elude the squad as they dropped their second game in the loss. Loreal Taylor led the team with 11 points and eight boards. Janet Visaya added nine points.

“It was an evenly matched game and we gave it our best shot,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “In the end we just came up a little short. We’re hanging in tough against these Sacramento area schools.

“I’m happy about that.”

Sophomore

Central Valley 37, Ripon Christian 28

In the Golden Valley Tournament Ripon Christian dropped an opportunity to advance to the championship game.

Elisabeth Regusci put up eight points and eight rebounds, while Pamela Radach added seven points and nine boards.

The Knights will be on the court at 1 p.m. for the third-place game today.

Turlock 30, Manteca 29

The Buffaloes lost a heartbreaker in Turlock, dropping their contest with the Bulldogs after outscoring Turlock in the fourth.

Fechi Nkwocha led Manteca with eight points, while both Mildred Perez and Alyssa Burch combined for 31 rebounds.

Freshman

Manteca 42, Turlock 21

The freshman Buffaloes (7-0) remained perfect on the season, outscoring the host Bulldogs 16-3 in the second to pull away for good. Manteca’s defensive unit held the Bulldogs to single-digit points in each of the four quarters.

Jade Griffin and Leah Manuleleua both finished in double figures with 11. Celina Burks and Shawtae Kidd both added nine.

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