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Sierra hangs tough but can’t overcome Kimball

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POSTED January 25, 2013 12:50 a.m.

Everything would have had to fall into place perfectly for the Sierra Timberwolves Thursday in Valley Oak League action against Kimball, but it didn’t and the Timberwolves were left coping with a 49-35 loss to the host Jaguars.

Sierra (2-7 VOL, 6-14 overall) was forced to continue on without the services of starting guard Asia Cortez. Cortez was hampered by illness and was unable to give Sierra any minutes after the half. The Timberwolves were interlocked in a tight one with Kimball at the half, but could not tighten the gap any closer than the 22-19 deficit.

“We played well,” Sierra head coach Steven Unterholzner said. “We played with a lot of heart and a lot of grit. Asia gave us as much as she could, it would have been nice to have her for the entire game, it might have made things a little different, but I was still proud of the heart we showed.”

Celine Barber returned from time off due to injury to lead Sierra with 16 points, while teammate Kayla Wilson chipped in with eight.

Ripon Christian 52, Le Grand 33

The Knights put things away with a 14-5 run in the third quarter to stay on pace in the Southern League with a victory over Le Grand.

Tegan Manus led three Knights in double figures with 16. Kaylie Colyn and Jenny Wickham added 12 and 11, respectively.

Ripon Christian (7-1, 13-6) opened the contest on a 11-5 run to establish control.

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