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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Werre wins debut as Sierra coach
Vieira scores 18 points in blowout of visiting Franklin
Bulletin sports winter 2021-22
Sierra's Maci Carter (23) pulls away from a Franklin defender as first-year coach Trisha Werre looks on. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

The Trisha Werre Era has begun at Sierra High.

A standout athlete and Sierra High graduate in 2001, Werre returned to her alma mater this year to assume the reigns of the girls basketball program and started off on the right foot with a resounding 62-30 dominating victory over visiting Franklin on Tuesday night.

“This is exciting,” Werre said of coming back to her alma mater and getting a first-game win. “I was a little bit nervous because this is a whole different side of the game.

“We are excited for the girls and we are super proud of them. I am very happy to get a win first time out.”

The Timberwolves (1-0) set the tone early and often, outscoring the Yellowjackets of Stockton (1-1) 23-0 in the first period led by Brea Vieira’s three 3-pointers and 11 points in the first quarter. She led all scorers with 18 points.

“It’s all about our team coming together,” Vieira said. “It hypes me up and gets me going.”

Right behind Vieira was Grace Langenfeld with 16 points. She scored six points in both the opening and closing quarters and finished with seven rebounds and two assists.

“The energy of our team really brought me up,” Langenfeld said. “It hyped me up more to finish strong.”

Sierra totally owned the boards, 54-15. Olivia Werner (six points) led the Timberwolves with 11 points and Abby Chapman flirted with a double-double at 10 rebounds and nine points. Emma Gilmore added seven rebounds and Alex Chapman five.

Sariah Shelton led Franklin with nine points.

Werre is aware the road gets tougher from here on out and realizes that her team must work on the 19 turnovers committed against the Yellowjackets.

“Those turnovers are definitely areas for improvement,” Werre said. “We’re going to be working on that.

“We have Inderkum (of Sacramento) Wednesday and that’s going to be a whole other animal.”


Junior varsity

Sierra 47, Franklin 5

The Timberwolves held the Yellowjackets scoreless in two quarters.

Taylor Zalunardo led Sierra with 16 points and Marissa Gonzalez added 12.