STOCKTON — Weston Ranch started hot Thursday night and did not cool off very much in a 59-20 win over host Stagg in opening round action of the 42nd Annual Tony Contreras Delta Queen Classic.
Jennalyn Laminero (11 points) directed the offense for the Cougars (3-1) and helped them jump out to a 20-1 first-quarter lead.
“We tried to stay humble and play the right way,” Laminero said. “Then we were able to take over, and once we took over that was it.”
Weston Ranch’s Jazlyn White flirted with a double-double at nine points and 11 rebounds along with three steals, a block and an assist.
“We all shared the ball,” White said. “Luckily that led to a good win.”
The Cougars led 40-8 at halftime and the two teams combined for 31 first-half fouls.
Weston Ranch grabbed 34 team rebounds with Darnaysha Huff pulling in seven boards and Daria Perkins coming off the bench to get four rebounds in the third period.
Eleven different Cougars scored with Janay Holmes adding 10 points and a pair of assists.
“We are trying to teach them how to share the ball and play together,” Weston Ranch coach Mike Williams said. “When you are trying to build a program it is hard to rely on certain people because then other people step back.
“We want to make sure everyone has a role and steps up and plays as a unit because when we get into league and face some of the teams that are more established we have to be together and we can’t just look at two people because good coaches are going to take them away.”
The Cougars face Edison of Stockton tonight at 8 in a semifinal contest.
“We have a tough one on Friday,” Williams said. “We played Edison in the Foundation Game and it didn’t go so well because we weren’t really ready.
“This is our fourth system in two years and that is a lot to adjust to, but they want to win. They are hungry and great girls.”
Summer Hong led the Delta Queens (2-5) with seven points.
McNair 66, Lathrop 50
Led by Savanna Vanhsy’s 25 points, McNair (1-5) outlasted the Spartans (1-4) after the game was tied 47-47 mid way through the fourth quarter.
“We’re playing better, we’re just running out of gas,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “I have to go a better job of managing our minutes a little better so we can finish games.”
The Eagles broke away with transition buckets and 3-pointers, outscoring the tournament’s two-time defending champion 26-11 in the final period. Jasmine Denning paced Lathrop with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kierstin Constantino, Godwina Ogbeide and Sanah Singh tallied eight points apiece.
The Spartans face West of Tracy today at 3:30 p.m.