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POSTED December 13, 2009 1:49 a.m.
STOCKTON – Closing out the 32nd Annual Stagg Delta Queen Basketball Tournament as back-to-back champions was important to the Weston Ranch Cougars and their 34-29 win over the Bear Creek Bruins gave the team its goal with a consecutive tournament title.

“Our kids really played well,’ Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “Jazmin Strane finished off as the tournament MVP, Courtney Duran was all tourney; we just played well over the entire tournament.”

The Cougars (4-1) built a seven-point halftime lead and held of a determined group of Bruins to wrap up its third consecutive victory. The tournament title was no walk in the park and a lackluster effort in the game’s waning minutes left things a little too close for comfort.

“We had a few mental mistakes in the championship and we made some errors late in the game,” Bauer said. “We didn’t value our possessions, but they were able to overcome and play well over the final minutes to hold on for the win.”

Strane finished with a team-high nine points, while Emoni Wilson finished with seven. DeArbia Gardner also chipped in seven.

The Cougars will look to ride their momentum into a huge non-league home game against Ripon High Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sierra 54, Merced 30
The Timberwolves closed out the Stagg Tournament on the right note, beating the Merced Cougars for their first win of the young season. Sierra (1-4) got a solid all-around performance from the entire team, with Jaslynn Liotard leading al scorers with 12 points.

Liotard also pulled down seven rebounds and pilfered five steals. Jasmine Currimao added nine points in the win, while Alysia Atkins and Stephanie Vanni both chipped in seven.

The Timberwolves will look to build on their momentum when they play host to the Beyer Patriots Tuesday at Sierra High.

Turlock Christian Tournament
Livingston 44, Ripon Ch. 37
TURLOCK -- The Knights were able to outscore the Livingston Wolves over the final two periods of action, but a minimal six-point effort in the opening period proved too much for Ripon Christian to overcome.

“We were missing four players due to college entrance exams in the morning, so we knew going into the game there would be no subs,” Ripon Christian head coach Kirk Tillema said. “The girls that were there did an outstanding job.”

Kelsey Tillema continued her recent dominance, scoring a game-high 18 points and pulling down 16 rebounds as well. Mikaela Alger also finished with a double-double, scoring 11 and grabbing 15 boards.

Tillema’s tournament numbers were staggering, as the senior totaled 44 points and 46 rebounds over the three-day tourney. Her efforts landed her on the all-tournament team for the second consecutive season.

Lancers Camelot Classic
Manteca 55, Heritage 44
The Manteca Buffaloes strolled into the history books as the first-ever Lancers Camelot Classic sophomore tournament champions with a convincing win over the Patriots.

Tournament MVP Mia Ramirez chipped in 13 points, helping the Buffaloes tote a new trophy back to the Winter Gym trophy case.

“We have been having trouble taking care of the ball in the second half, but today we were down to just six turnovers in the second half,” Manteca head coach Mary Ann Tolbert said. “We also were able to rebound today and we haven’t been doing a good job on the boards offensively or defensively.”

Manteca put it together at the right time, beating Heritage for the second time over the three-day tourney.

Manteca’s Karleasha Thompson finished the game with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Thompson’s efforts earned her spot on the all-tournament team. Teammate Gabi Gaxiola chipped in double-digits, finishing with 11 points on three 3-point shots.

Manteca will look to use its positive performance as momentum heading into the remainder of the non-league schedule.

“I sure hope we can use this as momentum,” Tolbert said. “I really hope this is a big boost of confidence for them going into the Sierra tournament and on into league.”

East Union 34, Modesto 27
The host Lancers were able to close out the Camelot Classic with a win as they beat Modesto High in the consolation championship.

Kristen Piasecki paced the Lancers with 11 points, while Klasey Kachalkin chipped in seven.

“We had a strong performance (Saturday) and were able to get all of our girls on the court,” East Union head coach Rich Posz said. “All in all it was a good tournament.”
— Jagada Chambers
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