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Buffaloes cruise behind balanced attack
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A balanced scoring attack, tenacious defense and a blistering hot first quarter culminated into an easy victory for the Manteca Buffaloes in their non-league matchup with Livingston High Wednesday.

Manteca opened the contest on fire, establishing control of the contest with a 17-1 first quarter run.

“We were hitting our outside shots; we hit a lot of 3,” Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt said. “Our transition game was working; we were really on our game tonight.”

Jaqi Gutierrez and Karleshea Thompson led the Buffaloes with 10 points each, while Jasmine Odell and Jessica Hasal both added eight. Odell also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.

Mia Ramirez also made significant contributions, finishing with seven points in limited action.

Manteca (8-0) will be back on the court Tuesday when they open the Tracy Tournament with a 3 p.m. contest with Tokay High.

Cosumnes Oaks Tourney

Folsom 68, Lathrop 19

Nothing fell into place for the Spartans, suffering their worst defeat of the season in the second round of the Cosumnes Oaks Tourney in Elk Grove.

“We went from our best game the night before to our worst game,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “Just too many turnovers, and we got ran off the court by a real strong Folsom team.”

Jasmine Calix led the Spartans with seven points.

Lathrop will continue in the tournament with a 3 p.m. contest against Encina High.

Monterey Trail 58,

Sierra 28

The Timberwolves found themselves down 37-13 at the half and could not recover, dropping their second-round tournament game to Monterey Trail Wednesday.

Valerie Nestor paced Sierra (2-8) with eight points, while Shelby Shirron and Celine Barber both chipped in with seven.


Manteca 50, Livingston 44

Abbie Behler and McKenna Balmut both tallied 17 points as the Buffaloes handled host Livingston Wednesday.

Manteca trailed the majority of the contest, trailing by as much as nine late in the third quarter. The Buffaloes pressed their way back into the ball game.

Balmut also turned in a game-high 16 rebounds for Manteca.