HUGHSON — Taylor Anema had just two points for Ripon Christian on Tuesday night, but they were huge.
Anema hit two free throws with 11 seconds left in the Trans-Valley League opener, and that was just enough for the Knights to get the 52-51 win at Hughson.
Ripon Christian (1-0, 6-4 overall) was ahead by seven points with two minutes remaining, but the Huskies (8-3, 0-1) closed the gap to set up Anema’s heroics. Hughson had a chance to tie the game with a pair of free throws but made just one with one-tenths of a second showing on the clock.
“We were really cold in first half and shot a little better in the second half,” Knights coach Ed Mulder said. “We switched to a man-to-man in the second half and Taylor Anema did a nice job on their leading scorer.”
The Knights trailed 26-20 at halftime but outscored Hughson 19-9 in the third period. Morgan Van Elderen led Ripon Christian with 18 points and Lexi Hilvers added 11.
Lathrop 77, Pacheco 22
LOS BANOS — Lathrop had four players in double figures and emptied the bench early in the third quarter, remaining undefeated in Western Athletic Conference play.
Missing Kaysey Matela and Avleen Kaye due to illness, Mary Cotton and Khiya Thornton paced the Spartans (2-0 WAC, 7-3 overall) with 13 points each. Kryshara Gary added 12 points and Ayon Carter 10.
Lathrop won the junior varsity game 45-39 and freshman contest 43-38.
Sierra 55, Summerville 37
The host Timberwolves (7-2) held the Bears (2-7) to six points in the second quarter in non-league action.
“We had a much better second quarter,” Sierra coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson said. “We have to duplicate that level of play throughout all four quarters.”
Natalie Dias led with the Timberwolves with 14 points followed closely by Inessa Villanueva with 10 points.
Manteca 54, Tracy 41
TRACY — The Buffaloes (7-5) wrapped up their sixth games in eight days with a well-rounded win at Swenson Gym.
“It was a good way to end a long week,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said. “Everyone participated and everyone contributed and it was a good team win.”
Jayda Jackson led the Buffaloes with 22 points and five rebounds and Paige Peterson added 10 points and five rebounds.
Weston Ranch 61, Chavez 16
STOCKTON — The Cougars (5-4) held the visiting Titans (0-8) to single digits in every quarter.
“The kids played well,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “Everyone contributed and rebounded well with a lot of selfless play. We have been stressing selfless play in practice and today it showed up.
“We are still trying to discover ourselves and figure it out for league because in league we are not going to have any blowouts.”
Kyshanti King led the Cougars with 17 points. Jennalyn Laminero added 16 points, Darnaysha Huff nine and Zahbria Hendricks seven/
East Union 51, Central Valley 14
CERES — The Lancers (6-3) held the host Hawks (1-7) scoreless in the first period.
“You have to appreciate it when your team gets off to a fast start and you praise your girls when that happens,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “And then it carries over no matter who is in the game.”
Donja Payne led the Lancers with 14 points. Nina Murphy chipped in 10 points and Ala Tuuaga eight.
Lathrop 43, Pacheco 38
Lyllianna Avila led the Spartans with 14 points. Jayna Dizon added eight points and Egypt Jenkins seven.