STOCKTON — Thirteen turnovers and a lack of hustle on defensive rebounds led to a 16-5 first-quarter deficit for Manteca in the opening round of the Trojan Clash at Lincoln High.
“Once we took care of that we took care of the game,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said.
The Buffaloes tallied their first win of the season, coming back to knock off Ceres, 45-40. Manteca (1-2) held the Bulldogs (2-3) to eight points in the third quarter and just three in the third.
Leading the charge was freshman guard Jayda Jackson, who scored 14 points. Sarah Inderbitzin added 11. Jackson struggled at the start, committing four turnovers before Bono sent her to the bench.
“I just said she had to take better care of the ball and attack and she responded well,” Bono said. “It’s nice to see a young player shake off those early turnovers and come back strong to help her team win.”
Manteca plays the winner of Beyer-West Campus tonight at 8.
Weston Ranch 63
MODESTO — The Cougars (1-3) battled valiantly against Fresno State commit Jessica Spencer and the Bears (3-1) from Fresno, dwindling a 12-point deficit to 1 late in the fourth quarter.
Asia Stamps and Justice Stitt each had 16 points for the Ranch, but Stamps went down with an ankle injury late in the game. Nia Boston added 15 points, while Injesa Lomax had 10. Lomax’s biggest contribution, Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said, was her defense of Spencer, who wound up with 17 points but got seven of them on free throws.
The Cougars face Gregori today at 3.
“Injesa made (Spencer) work for everything,” Johnson said. “We’re hoping that we’re turning the table. We didn’t start fast tonight but finished strong.”
Ripon Christian 43,
JACKSON — Ripon Christian (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak in QB Club Tournament first-round game.
Elizabeth Weststeyn anchored the victory with 12 points and nine rebounds. Molley Hoeksema chipped in 11 points, and Kelly Engel had nine points and five assists. The Knights take on tournament host Argonaut tonight at 6:30.
Ripon Christian 35
Ripon Christian had just six players to open the Camelot Classic held at East Union.
Alexis Hilvers did much of the heavy lifting, accumulating 12 points and 11 rebounds. Ariel Vander Woude contributed eight points and six boards. Sarah Brown finished with seven points.