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Spartans find their groove in win over Serra

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POSTED December 29, 2017 1:15 a.m.

LAKESIDE — This was more like it for the Lathrop girls basketball team.

The Spartans shook off their disappointing start to the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic and stunned Serra of San Diego 73-65 Thursday at El Capitan High. They set the tone early, taking a 26-10 lead late in the first quarter. Lathrop (7-2) tallied more points in the period than it did in Wednesday’s 42-21 loss to Culver City.

“Yesterday after watching film, I counted 13 missed layups in the first half alone,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We got anywhere we wanted, we just missed point-blank shots. We didn’t miss tonight. We got rolling defensively, jumped on them and caused quite a few turnovers.”

The Spartans were making shots from inside and out. Myani and Khiya Thornton hit 3-pointers early as Lathrop grabbed the momentum it would not relinquish. Myani Thornton pieced together a stellar all-around effort, tallying 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, six steals and five blocks.

“Myani was on fire tonight — all over the floor,” Davis said.

Khiya Thornton added 11 points and seven boards for the balanced Spartans, who also got 12 points from Kaysey Matela. Larissa Severt poured in 22 points to pace the Conquistadors (5-3).

Lathrop caps pool play in the NCAA Blue Division today against Santa Margarita (8-4). The game tips off at 3:30 back at El Capitan.

“It’s another big fish to go after,” Davis said.


Ripon Christian 53,

Big Valley 22

RIPON — The Knights (8-5) mounted a 20-3 run in the first half to gain early control of their 25th annual Ripon Christian Tournament semifinal. 

Morgan Van Eldered turned in 16 points and five assists, and Renae Heida contributed 14 points and six rebounds. Big Valley Christian (8-5) was led early by Maci Miedema, who scored eight of her 11 points in the opening quarter. The Lions trailed 7-2 before scoring six unanswered points for their last lead of the game.

Ripon Christian has a chance to exact revenge in the championship round tonight against Argonaut (7-5), which previously defeated the Knights 62-57 in their own Quarterback Club Tournament. Game time is set for 7:30.


Manteca 41,

Rincon Valley 38

VALLEJO — Jayda Jackson scored 10 of her team-high 16 points to help the Buffaloes (6-4) win their opening-round contest in the West Coast Jamboree Turquoise Division at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High.

Kyaria Jacobs added 11 points. Manteca got untracked against the Eagles (2-5) of Santa Rosa after scoring just four points in the first period. The Buffs take on Calaveras (7-3) in the semifinals today at 4.


Berkeley 47,

Weston Ranch 31

ATHERTON — The Cougars (3-7) held their own for three quarters to start the Eastside Prep Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Menlo School. They led 17-14 at halftime and trailed 29-22 after three quarters.

“For us to be in the game with Berkeley (5-4), I can’t complain,” Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “We played like we wanted to win the game.”

Justice Stitt anchored Weston Ranch with 20 points, and Damaysha Huff contributed 13 rebounds and two blocks. The Cougars take on Foothill (6-6) of Palo Cedro today at 1:30.



Sierra 46, Golden Valley 38

Elise Peterson spearheaded a balanced scoring effort for Sierra with 12 points. Madi Boyd and Chaundra Nestor contributed 10 points each, and Manjot Chahal had eight.

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