Manteca used a balanced attack Saturday with all the players seeing the floor in a 55-33 win over host Sierra in Valley Oak League action.
“It was a good game,” Buffaloes coach Ryan Bono said. “The starters came in with a lot of energy tonight and that enabled us to get other players involved and they did a good job. J.J. (Santos) came in and played hard, Malia (Parangan) did a good job defensively – it was just a good job all the way around.
“Coming off of the loss to Kimball and the one thing I tried to get the girls to understand was to come back with energy and come back with basics. In practice on Friday we had basics and every girl stepped up tonight and played really well.”
Manteca (10-1 VOL, 13-10) dominated on defense as well, outrebounding the Timberwolves 45-25. Parangan came off the bench in the third quarter to grab six off the glass in the period.
“We were really good off of the boards,” Parangan said. “I know I got more than five rebounds and if one person can do that then across the board all 14 girls did well because we like to get boards.”
Loretta Kakala had a double-double for the Buffaloes and led the team with 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Jada Jackson added eight points and four rebounds with Syd’nee Fryer (seven rebounds, two assists) and Rhiannon Genilla (six rebounds) each chipping in seven points.
“It was a really good team effort tonight,” Jackson said. “We played really well and we all got ourselves up and went off of the screens well and our defense was good.”
Julianne Eavenson came in for Manteca in the fourth quarter to play some quality defensive minutes.
“We played really, really well,” Eavenson said. “We passed the ball around and that helped us move it well – we got it into the post and back out to the wings.”
The Timberwolves’ Alison Edwards led all scorers with 23 points.
“Alison had a huge night for us,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “She really carried us on the offensive end.
“But we definitely did not play our best basketball tonight. We really struggled boxing out.”
Manteca 38, Sierra 33
Savannah Alvarez made two free throws with 12 seconds remaining and teammate Kaleah Sanders iced the game with a steal and a free throw seven seconds later.
The Timberwolves’ Dulce Cruz led all scorers with 13 points and Sam Cerritos paced Manteca with nine points.
Manteca 53, Sierra 20
The 27 points the Buffaloes scored in the third quarter was enough to win the game.
Manteca’s Victoria Villalvazo earned high-point honors with 18 along with six steals. Teammates Kai Johannsen (11 rebounds, seven steals) and Melana Sagapolu (four rebounds, three steals) each had 13 points.
Chandra Nestor had six points for the Timberwolves and Madi Boyd added five.