The Sierra High Timberwolves opened the new season with a 35-23 home victory over Central Valley.
“We’ve been excited just to play,” said coach Larissa Founts Bergerson, who was thrilled with the outcome of her debut.
Her Timberwolves (1-0) did it with defense, forcing the Hawks to three shot-clock violations during the game. They even held Central Valley (0-1) scoreless in third quarter.
“Our defense is ahead of the offense,” said Founts Bergerson, who credits that to the hard work paying off in practice.
The Timberwolves led from the outset, with Ray Prieto, Nat Dias and Lindsey Walljasper doing most of the damage.
Prieto netted four of her five points in the first period while Dias, who had 14 including six on the offensive glass, also chipped in with six points and three steals.
Walljasper had a team-high eight points, eight rebounds, a block and a steal.
Sierra led at the half, 22-12.
After a shutdown of the Hawks in the third, the Timberwolves showed flashes of offensive brilliance in the fourth.
Jordan Hayter delivered on a trey from straight away, following that up with a sequence in which she followed up a block with a steal and an assist to Walljasper.
Hayter finished with five points.
Sunny Dhaliwal also bombed in a 3 in the fourth.
Chetna Kumar of Central Valley led all scorers with nine points.