OAKDALE — Freshman guard Kyaira Jacobs scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, as she helped Manteca overcome a double-digit deficit and the hot shooting of Oakdale in a thrilling 48-47 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory on Tuesday.
The Buffaloes (4-1 VOL, 12-6 overall) trailed for most of the game, and Jacobs put them up for good with 10 seconds remaining following an inbounds pass from Kacy Bolding. Oakdale’s Sarah Bohrer chucked a long-range runner and missed the hoop entirely, and Caroline Hamilton was off the mark on the put-back attempt as time expired.
Bohrer finished with 17 points and made five 3s in the first half for the Mustangs (1-3, 8-8), who buried 11 total shots from beyond the arc. They were ahead 38-28 to start the fourth period. Oakdale was able to make Manteca pay for sitting in a zone defense, dropping down eight of its 3s in the first half.
“At halftime, I honestly told the girls we’re actually fine,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said. “If they continue to hit 3s like they did in the first half than they deserve to win. I’m extremely proud of them. They never quit and never stopped believing in each other.
“We chipped away and had a little luck in the end, but Oakdale is tough. Their record doesn’t really show it, but they’re really tough, especially at home.”
Jacobs also finished with five assists and four rebounds to go with her point total.
“She had the hot hand,” Bono said. “(Bohrer) got her fourth foul and they kept her on Kyaira, so she was able to attack and finish.”
The Buffaloes are playing five straight games on the road and it doesn’t get any easier this week. On Thursday, they travel to first-place Lathrop before squaring off with rival East Union on Saturday.
East Union 62,
Central Catholic 49
MODESTO — Hailey Gosney and Donja Payne contributed in their first game back from ankle injuries for the Lancers (3-1, 9-6). Gosney finished with 10 points, while Payne — who was out for five games — chipped in six.
Julia Vezaldenos led the way with 15 points, and Kayla Montoya ended with 12. East Union built a 19-12 first-quarter cushion and continued to inch away from there.
Central Catholic (1-4, 9-8) was paced by Jasmine Kelly’s 16 points, Hannah Heath’s 14 and Tessa Gallo’s 11.
Weston Ranch 29
TRACY — The Cougars (0-5, 3-14) had no answer for Raziya Potter, who torched them for 35 points.
She started off hot for Kimball (5-0, 13-3), accounting for 17 of her team’s 22 points in the opening quarter.
“We just could not stop her,” Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “She literally took over the whole game.”
Nia Boston scored 11 points to lead Weston Ranch, which was 1 for 13 on 3-pointers. Asani White contributed six points and six rebounds.
Weston Ranch 42,
TRACY — Weston Ranch went on a 12-2 run in the second quarter for a 25-9 halftime lead.
Sierrah Cleary poured in 14 points. Jasmine Basco and Krista Johnson added 10 apiece. Elizah Williams pitched in with six steals and eight rebounds.