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T’Wolves come alive in third to edge Lodi

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POSTED December 9, 2009 2:45 a.m.
After struggling offensive in the first half, Sierra High’s sophomore boys basketball team came alive in the third quarter behind a stifling defensive effort to knock off visiting Lodi 40-39 in its season opener Tuesday.

The Timberwolves were held to just six points in the second but outscored the Flames 15-6 in the third to take a 32-29 lead into crunch time.

“It was ugly as first games usually are, but we will take it,” Sierra coach Justin Muschott said. “We stepped up the defensive effort in the second half and we were able to get the win.”

Tim Thornten and Aneal Sahota sparked Sierra with 13 and 10 points respectively.

Cosumnes Oaks 68, Lathrop 39
LATHROP — Marcus Conley paced the Spartans (2-4) with 15 points, and Ricky Chavez chipped in 10 in a battle of second-year programs Tuesday.

Freshman boys
Ripon Christian 51, Manteca 30
John Vander Molen poured in 16 points for the visiting Knights to lead all scorers. Rashaun Bell led Manteca with five, and four others contributed four apiece.

“That was a pretty strong team we ran up against,” Manteca coach Dave Fontanilla said. “Vander Molen did a real good job for them, and we just couldn’t control the boards against the bigger team.”

Sierra 60, Lodi 27

Sierra started its season with a 10-0 flurry and raced away to a blowout win.

Guillermo Nunez fired in 19 points to lead the way, Emmanuel Elijah finished with 14 and Justin Patton added eight.

“The biggest key for us was that we got a lot of steals and pushed the ball for layups in transition,” said first-year head coach Ryan Mitchell.

Sophomore girls
Patterson 52, Manteca 47
PATTERSON — Manteca dropped a heartbreaker in overtime in its first non-league contest of the season.

The Buffaloes started off on fire, jumping out to a 21-17 lead in the first quarter before cooling off.  Patterson went on a 21-7 run in the fourth to force the extra period.

Jessica Reeder poured in 14 points to spearhead Manteca. Brianna Bell scored eight of her 10 in the first, and Karleasha Thompson ended up with nine.

Manteca 48, Patterson 24
PATTERSON — Jasmine O’Dell scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half to lead Manteca to its first win of the season. Elani Freeman contributed 10 points.

The Buffaloes handcuffed Patterson to just two points in the first quarter to mount an early double-digit lead.

JV Wrestling
East Union 42, Bear Creek 30
St. Mary’s 42, East Union 24
Lane Gore led three freshman standouts in the Lancers’ first dual meets of the season.

Gore booked a pair of first-round pins at the 145-pound division. Caleb Davis (130) posted a 47-second pin, and heavyweight Josh Byrd had a second-round pin.
— Jonamar Jacinto
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