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Sierra coach opens season with first win

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JUMP START

Sierra High guard Kayla Wilson soars to the basket ahead of Summerville defenders Bobbi Devoto (25) and Haven Trambley (35) in Tuesday’s season opener for both teams.

Photo by SEAN KAHLER/


POSTED December 4, 2013 12:44 a.m.

It may not have been pretty but it was a win.

And so begins the second Martha Spivey era at Sierra High.

Spivey, a 2004 Sierra graduate and hoops standout, coached her first game for her alma mater’s varsity squad Tuesday night, and the Timberwolves overcame 33 turnovers for a 44-29 win over visiting Summerville.

“It was nice to get a win,” Spivey said. “But it was definitely one of the uglier games I have seen. It was a battle of the ugly between our turnovers and missed layups.”

On the plus side for Sierra was the early offensive play of Celine Barber and the late 3-point shooting of Kayla Wilson. Barber led all scorers with 19 points.

“I thought we did really well on defense,” Barber said. “But we need to stay focused on our passes and not force them.”

Held scoreless in the first half, Wilson buried a 3-pointer in the third quarter and hit two more in the fourth, finishing with 12 points.

“We were a little nervous, maybe a little shaken up,” Wilson said.” But once we controlled that, we did much better.

“I stopped worrying quite so much about things in the second half and just started playing.”

The Timberwolves (1-0) tallied 16 points in the fourth period.

“We came alive on offense and took care of the ball better in the fourth quarter,” Spivey said. “Kayla (Wilson) finally found her shot which was great for her as it helped her confidence. She is a captain as a sophomore this year and we are expecting a lot from her. She is really stepping up for us.”

The Sierra defense forced 22 turnovers and did not allow a field goal until the waning seconds of the first half and the Bears (1-1) were held to single digits for three quarters.

The Timberwolves won the battle of the boards 37-29 and were led by Barber with eight rebounds and three steals, Allie Walljasper with seven rebounds and three blocks and Tiffany Harris with six rebounds and a steal.

Wilson had four steals with teammates Keanna Barber and Allison Edwards nabbing three apiece.

Livingston 41, Manteca 37

Jessica Hasal fired a game-high 17 points for the visiting Buffaloes (0-1), who had two starters foul out and two others go down with injuries.

Livingston (1-1) trailed for most of the contest but took advantage of Manteca’s misfortune and turnovers to take control over the final two minutes. Tanya Espinoza scored 13 points for the Wolves.

Ripon 40, Tracy 33

Morgan Carrico finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four steals to spearhead the Indians’ season-opening win on the road. Ripon led by as much as 15 in the second half.

Zaire Davis and Melanie Wilkerson each contributed eight points. Third-year forward Kelsey Alexander chimed in with six points and 10 boards.

Sophomore

Sierra 59, Summerville 26

Trayana Davis scored 30 points for the Timberwolves, and Devi Coglio added 11.

Weston Ranch 50, Franklin 19

At Franklin, the Cougars nabbed 24 steals to help get the offense in gear in their season opener.

Jennifer Cruz dropped in 16 points to go with seven steals. Elysia Hernandez contributed 12 points, and Sianne Singharath chipped in 11.

Freshman

Weston Ranch 33, Franklin 19

Vanessa Vega nearly accounted for half of Weston Ranch’s points with 16, and Nicole Bigornia added eight.

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