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Full-court press stops Manteca High
Mantecas Leah Manuleleua throw to the middle against Lincoln on Saturday in a 54-21 win for the host Trojans. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/The Bulletin

STOCKTON – Beset by injuries and illness, Manteca endured a suffocating full-court press for all but the game’s last three minutes from Lincoln in a 54-21 win for the host Trojans in non-league girls. basketball action on Saturday.

“I am very proud of the girls,” Buffaloes coach Mary Ann Tolbert said. “We only had seven girls and had to run against extreme pressure for nearly four quarters with very few breaks.

“They held their heads high and kept going at it.”

Manteca (0-2) fell behind 16-2 in the first quarter when Chelsea Gomez hit two free throws with no time on the clock to narrow the gap to 16-4. The Trojans (3-0) really poured it on in the second quarter with 23 points for a 49-12 halftime lead.

Rubel Dehal led the Buffaloes with 10 points and Beth Aschenbrenner added four.

“This was by far Beth Aschenbrenner’s best game for us,” Tolbert said. “I am super happy with her performance.

“She never got flustered and played nearly the entire game.”


Lincoln 43, Manteca 33

Simram Kaur scored 10 points for the Buffaloes and Kayla Holmes nine.


Manteca 40, Lincoln 23

The Buffaloes held the Trojans to single digits in every quarter.

Sarah Inderbitzin led  Manteca with 12 points and Raiannon Genilla added seven,