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Cougars cant find a spark in home loss
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WESTON RANCH – It wasn’t for a lack of effort that Weston Ranch fell to Sonora at home Tuesday night; the Cougars put in a hard 32 minutes.
But silly fouls early and a reliance on the jumper spelled doom as Weston Ranch couldn’t buy a bucket, either from the field (14-of-32), or the line (2-of-16), in a 54-39 loss.
Timnesha Wilson was rung up for her second foul early in the first quarter and sat the rest of the way while Sonora stormed ahead 16-4 behind seven from Kelli Keefe (2-of-6 3-pointers).
“We had a few fouls called against us early and we weren’t able to respond out of it right away,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “We had our chances, we just couldn’t capitalize.”
Keefe scored a game-high 15 and grabbed five steals, while Tori Selesia provided 13 more as the Wildcats controlled the action from wire to wire.
Wilson (10 points) re-entered the contest to start the second and weaved her way through traffic for back-to-back layups, and Courtney Duran found her stroke in the second half to provide 12 on four 3-pointers.
It would be too little, too late, however.
“We had wide open jump shots early, we got the ball inside early, you know, nothing went in,” Bauer said. “When you rely on jump shots, that’s what happens.”
Amber Bell scored six for the Cougars (5-6 Valley Oak League, 15-9 overall), and grabbed 12 boards, six alone in the third.
Jazmin Strane collected seven rebounds, four on the offensive end.
“We were a little out of sync, we didn’t have any poise,” Bauer said. “We just didn’t have enough to come back and get it.”
Weston Ranch travels to Manteca Thursday night.
East Union 59, Central Valley 37
The Rachel McDaniel and Ashley Rose Show continued to hum along Tuesday night in the blowout win.
McDaniel scored 17, grabbed six boards, swiped seven steals and handed out seven assists; while Rose dropped 21 and dished out seven more dimes.
Central Valley was held without a field goal in an 18-1 East Union second, and Hawks leading scorer Julie Calderon was held to just five first-half points.
“It was just a great game,” EU head coach Jim Agostini said. “The defense was good, we shot 15 of 19 from the free throw line, and that’s a good sign.
“We’re just trying to finish this thing off, some way, somehow.”
Alyssa Wenger had nine rebounds, and Rachel O’Neal added eight.
Krystal Young chipped in six, all in a first-half in which the Lancers outscored CV 28-8.
EU (9-2 VOL, 22-2) hosts Sierra Thursday.
Oakdale 57, Sierra 47
In Oakdale, Ariel McIntyre scored 20 and Heather Scharmann added 10, but the T’Wolves couldn’t quite claw their back from a 24-point third quarter deficit and ran out of gas in the fourth.
Natalie Goulart and Rebecca Wroten were especially effective during Sierra’s furious third-quarter run that saw the T’Wolves cut Oakdale’s lead to four.
“Natalie and Rebecca stepped up for us tonight,” Sierra head coach Isaac Gutierrez said. “We pressed a bit (in the third) and forced a couple of turnovers.”
Sierra (4-7 VOL, 10-10) heads to East Union Thursday.
“It will be nice if we can pull off that upset,” Gutierrez said. “We still haven’t played our best game yet. It sure would be nice to fire on all cylinders against (EU).”