STOCKTON — An improved effort on defense helped Manteca’s girls basketball team avenge one of its early-season losses on Monday.
The Buffaloes held host Lincoln to single-digit scoring in the final three quarters and rolled to a 46-34 nonleague victory. Just 10 days prior, Lincoln dispatched Manteca (4-3) in the semifinal round of its Trojan Classic.
The Trojans (5-5), paced by Taylor Low’s 15 points, buried three 3-pointers in the opening quarter while taking a 15-11 lead. They scored just eight, eight and three in the next three periods.
“We made some adjustments and did a great job of running them off the 3-point line,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said. “We had some great help-side defense and held them to one shot.”
Manteca also dominated on the boards. Rhiannon Genilla scored three points but came down with 15 rebounds, while sophomore guard Jayda Jackson had 10 rebounds to go with 14 points. Sarah Inderbitzin also fired 14 points for the Buffs, who host Tracy tonight.
“The girls were psyched after the game,” Bono said. “We practiced for (Lincoln) on Friday, and the girls realized they can beat someone playing them a second time around by making adjustments and executing the game plan.”
Lathrop 53, Pacheco 21
LATHROP — The Spartans (6-1) rolled to their sixth straight win behind Myani Thornton’s 18-point outburst, most of it coming in the first half.
Khiya Thornton added 15 points, seven rebounds and six steals, while Semaj Steen pitched in with seven points, six rebounds and three steals.
Lathrop jumped out to a 17-6 lead and didn’t look back, even with the reserves playing in the second half. The Spartans outscored Pacheco (2-4) 13-2 in the third quarter.
“We came out with pressure and held them to single digits in every quarter, which was our goal,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. The Spartans forced 23 turnovers in all. “We were able to ride our starters to halftime and got to play a lot of the reserves, and they did a great job of maintaining the lead, moving the ball around and giving up one shot per possession.”
Liberty Ranch 67,
Ripon Christian 30
GALT — The Knights (5-5) started strong, building a 14-11 lead before succumbing to Liberty Ranch’s pressure defense.
Ripon Christian was done in by 30 turnovers and could only muster six points over the next two periods. Morgan Van Elderen paced the Knights with 10 points, while Ashley Kirbyson fired a game-high 22 for the Hawks (11-2).
Ripon Christian 45
RIPON — The Wildcats (7-1) led comfortably 37-18 by halftime and were led by 15 and 10 points from Damian Kress and Jace Decker, respectively.
Andrew Vander Weide poured in 21 points for Ripon Christian (5-4).
Ripon Christian 31
RIPON — Sarah Brown accumulated 17 points and five rebounds in the Knights’ loss on Saturday.