STOCKTON — Weston Ranch’s girls basketball team has made great strides since Chris Bauer returned as head coach in the first week of the season.
He’s hoping the Cougars continue to improve after outlasting Oakdale on Wednesday 76-66 for a win that keeps them in pace with the Valley Oak League contenders. They’re winners of back-to-back after dropping five straight and will head to second-place Manteca on Friday.
“We’ve grown quite a bit,” Bauer said. “Clock management has gotten better; the decision making is better. We’re starting to put it all together.”
Weston Ranch (2-3 VOL, 9-10 overall) rode the hot hand of Kyshanti King, who came up big in crunch time. The 5-foot-5 sophomore guard was fouled on a made 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter. She missed the ensuing free throw but gave the Cougars a seven-point lead. King also made 4 of 5 free throws in the period and finished with 24 points.
Jennalyn Laminero poured in 14 points. Darnyasha Huff produced 14 points and nine rebounds. Zahbria Hendrix added 11 points, while Shanie Watts had nine steals.
Grace Higle fired 22 points to lead Oakdale (1-4, 13-8). Alicia Platt and Kayden Legan followed with 16 and 13, respectively.
Central Catholic 52, Sierra 44
The Timberwolves (1-4, 11-8) held a 24-17 lead, but Central Catholic (2-4, 15-7) made up the ground in the third quarter and broke away from a 34-34 deadlock down the stretch.
Inessa Villanueva led Sierra with 12 points, Jordan Hayter had 11 and Dulce Cruz nine.
Manteca 63, East Union 36
Zack McCasland scored 11 points for the Lancers and Gino Anderson added 10.