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T’Wolves make it two in a row

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POSTED December 16, 2009 1:42 a.m.
MODESTO – Sierra High did just about everything right, reeling off its second consecutive victory in a 44-35 win over the Beyer Patriots.

The Timberwolves (2-4) received a strong showing out of Jasmine Currimao, who turned in a game-high 18 points to lead Sierra. Currimao played the lead role for a Sierra team that did not trail the entire contest.

“We were up by 12 at the half,” Sierra head coach Stephan Unterholzner said. “It was just an all out team effort by everybody on the squad. They finally have found the confidence that I think we’ve been looking for.”

Alysia Atkins finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals, while teammate Jaslynn Liotard had eight points and five boards in the win. Michelle Arroyo controlled the Sierra offense, dishing out five assists to go along with five points.

The Timberwolves will try and make it three straight when they roll out the welcome mats for Stagg High Friday at 7:15 p.m.

“We are hoping for more of the same against Stagg,” Unterholzner said. “We want the girls to stay confident on offense and aggressive on defense.

“We want to keep the game on our tempo and play the way we want to play.”

Ripon Christian 52, Valley Christian 32
RIPON — The Knights improved to 3-4 with a convincing non league win over Valley Christian Tuesday at Ripon Christian.

Once again the Knights got a standout performance from senior Kelsey Tillema who had shared a team-high 18 points with teammate Raeann DeRousse. The pair helped push Ripon to a 31-14 halftime lead and the Knights never looked back.

“We controlled the inside game getting 43 of our 52 from our post players,” Ripon Christian head coach Kirk Tillema said. “I have to credit the guards for looking inside and finding Tillema, DeRousse and (Mikaela) Alger.”

Tracy 57, Lathrop 20
The growing pains for the Spartans continued with a one-sided loss to the Tracy Bulldogs Tuesday. Lathrop fell behind early, eliminating any chance against a strong Bulldog program.

“We just did not show up tonight,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “We simply were not with it. Combine that with running into a really good Tracy team and we were just ran off the floor.”

Erica Sanchez was Lathrop’s leading scorer finishing with seven. The Spartans will be back on the hardwood Thursday when they tip off the first round of the Hilmar Tournament.

— Jagada Chambers
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