MODESTO—Following a sluggish start Manteca downed Sonora 56-36 Friday in the semifinals of the Crusader Classic at Modesto Christian High School.
“We had a slow start,” Buffaloes coach Ryan Bono said. “It was 8-7 at the end of the first quarter.
“We responded well in second and third quarters. We came out at halftime and had to meet their intensity and physical play.”
Kyaria Jacobs led Manteca with 22 points. Victoria Villalvazo added 11 points and Jayda Jackson 10.
Manteca (4-0) faces Modesto Christian or Atwater this afternoon at 2:30 for the championship.
Ripon Christian 36, Johansen 33
ESCALON—Lexi Hilvers fed Ariel Vander Woude with a beautiful assist late in the championship game to give the Knights a five-point lead they would not relinquish.
Hilvers scored 12 points and Morgan Van Elderen added 10.
Golden Valley Tournament
Ripon 43, Golden Valley 40
MERCED — The Indians watched an 11-point halftime lead nearly evaporate but held on for the semifinal win against the tournament host.
“We started the game off with 10 turnovers and we had many more to follow which led to a close game,” Indians coach Rick Inderbitzen said. “It’s very difficult to win when you turn the ball over like we did but it was a great effort on our part to continue to play and pull off the semi-final win against the home team.”
Reina Saucedo put up a double-double to lead Ripon with 15 points and 10 rebounds with four assists. Tianna Sidtikun added 11 points and four rebounds.
The Indians face either Beyer or Merced this afternoon at 1:30 for the championship.
Sierra 38, Ponderosa 32
SACRAMENTO—The Timberwolves pulled away late in the consolation semifinal game.
“It was a close game throughout,” Sierra coach Kayla Torio said. “We pulled away but they came back at the end.”
Brianna Parker led Sierra with 12 points. Jessica Perea and Inessa Villanueva added six points each.
The Timberwolves face either El Camino or Freedom this morning at 10:30 for the consolation championship.
Valerie Lugo Invitational
Lathrop 48, Pacheco 19
LOS BANOS—The Spartans held the Panthers to single digits in every quarter of the consolation semifinal.
Jasmine Denning posted a double-double for Lathtop with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Sanah Singh added 10 points and Kierstin Constantino had eight points with five assists
Lathrop faces either Dos Palos or Chowchilla this morning at 10:30 for the consolation championship.