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Kimball girls snag outright VOL title

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Kimball girls snag outright VOL title

Victoria Gulley of Weston Ranch gets a rebound between Kimball’s Sarah Nunes (22) and Donwanae Anthony during Tuesday’s in a 58-42 home win for the Jaguars.


POSTED February 19, 2014 12:43 a.m.



TRACY — Alexis Clark’s reversal of fortune did not bode well for Weston Ranch.

Clark hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the first period Tuesday to give Kimball the lead for good and kept up with the hot hand to lead all scorers with 22 points on the way to a 58-42 win for the Jaguars. Kimball (13-1, 24-3 overall) secured sole possession of its first-ever Valley Oak League championship.

“She has been in a small shooting slump,” Jaguars coach Mike Granillo said. “And I told her that tonight was her night so she came out and played a heck of a game.”

Although the last lead for the Cougars (11-3 VOL, 18-8) was at 4-2, Kimball did not lead by more than seven points until late in the third period and then started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to pull away for good.

“Our girls had a lot of heart and determination to come out in the fourth quarter and play their game,” Granillo said. “They really worked hard to win.”

After a thrilling buzzer-beating victory Saturday over East Union, Weston Ranch thought it was going to come into Wednesday’s game tied with Kimball for first place. But the Cougars were forced to forfeit the Lancers contest for inadvertently using an ineligible player, and their leading scorer was unable to play Tuesday because she incurred two technical fouls against East Union.

“Considering everything we went through from Saturday to today, the kids did a great job battling through adversity and off-the-court stuff,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “And while my hat is off to Kimball, it is off to my kids as well because they busted their butts and did a good job.

“We had some defensive breakdowns and we missed layup after layup after layup. Kimball executed and they made their shots, and we were 7 of 14 from the free-throw line in the first half. If we made those, we were only down by two at the half instead of nine.”

A.J. Brown led the Cougars with 14 points and Elizabeth Alexander scored 11, all in the third quarter. Victoria Gulley added eight points for Weston Ranch.

Sophomore

Kimball 49,
Weston Ranch 32

The Cougars were held to just one point in both the second and third quarters.

Alexa Giron had six points in a 22-point fourth period for Weston Ranch and led the Cougars with 16 points.

Freshman

Weston Ranch 33,
 Kimball 29

After a 13-point first half the Cougars turned the table on the Jaguars by allowing Kimball just four second-half points.

Jaylene Tauga led Weston Ranch with 12 rebounds and five rebounds. Galilea Deltoro added eight points, three steals and three rebounds and Nichole Bigornia had seven points for the Cougars.

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