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Bulldogs squeak past Sierra with offensive rebounds
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After trailing for most of the contest Thursday night at Sierra High, the Timberwolves had a golden opportunity slip through their fingers as Ceres sent home a key offensive putback with moments left in regulation to claim a 53-51 overtime win.

“They beat us on the offensive boards,” Sierra head coach Isaac Gutierrez said. “We had them three times, but they came back and tied it each time.

“It was their offensive rebounding.”

Heather Scharmann had a big night, finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Michelle Arroyo added nine.

Ariel McIntyre scored eight points and grabbed 13 boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter.

Sierra had a chance to tie it in overtime with a pair of free throws, but they rattled out.

With the loss, Sierra slipped to 3-5 in Valley Oak League play and 8-9 overall.

The T’Wolves travel to Sonora Tuesday.

Oakdale 46, Manteca 40
The Buffaloes struggled once again in the fourth quarter, hitting just four free throws as the Mustangs took control and the win.

Sharon Washington finished with 23 points on a trio of 3-pointers, nine rebounds, seven steals and six assists.

Davina Bennett scored five.

“They scored field goals in the fourth and we didn’t,” Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt said. “We just couldn’t score. The execution was there, we just missed easy stuff.

“Sharon was a monster, she had a great game.”

Cassandra Clark paced the Mustangs with 14 and Jennie Paugh added 12.

Central Valley 49, Weston Ranch 42
The Cougars shot 14 of 53 from the floor and 9 of 25 at the line.

Jazmin Strane finished with 16 and Courtney Duran had seven.

“It was just one of those days,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “Central Valley was excited to play, and we just fell short of the mark.

“It was a flat performance from us.”

— Brandon Petersen