They should all be this easy.
The Manteca girls basketball team started its Valley Oak League campaign with visiting Central Catholic on Thursday with a 10-2 run and added a 17-2 run later in the first half on the way to a resounding 63-29 win at Winter Gym.
“I thought our defense early on had much better communication than in our tournament last weekend,” Buffaloes coach Ryan Bono said. “Communication and shooting definitely improved tonight.
“We shot and shared the ball well. We were able to find the open player and knock it down.”
With Kyaira Jacobs (six points, six rebounds, four assists, steal) directing the potent Manteca offense, the Buffaloes (1-0 VOL, 11-4 overall) took a 45-10 first-half lead. One of the beneficiaries of Jacobs’ play was Victoria Villalvazo, who made two of her three 3-pointers in the second quarter and finished with 11 points.
“I got those shots because of the passes from my teammates,” Villalvazo said. “I give credit to them and their passes.
“We played good overall and we focused on the moving and talking on our defense.”
Paige Peterson led the Manteca offense with a double-double, putting up 15 points and 12 rebounds along with three blocks, two steals and an assist. She scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half.
“We played really well as a team,” Peterson said. “I was really proud of us.”
Jayda Jackson added 12 points along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal. The Buffaloes pulled down 42 rebounds.
Peyton Garrett led the Raiders (0-1, 4-4) with 10 points followed by Tessa Gallo with seven.
Manteca hosts Oakdale on Saturday afternoon at 4.
Manteca 50, Central Catholic 17
The Buffaloes put four players in double figures and had two with double-doubles.
Jill Santos led Manteca with 18 points and Anessa Gerolaga added 14 points. Leilani Rios (17 rebounds, five steals and two assists) and Camrenne Genilla (12 rebounds, three assists, three steals, block) chipped in 10 points apiece and Bianca Fuentes pulled down seven rebounds.