A strong opening half propelled Weston Ranch to a comfortable 70-59 victory over Edison High Friday in the Delta Queen tournament in Stockton.
The Cougars (4-2) got a dominant performance from Jazmin Strane, who led all scorers with 19 points. Teammates Emoni Wilson and Letica Infante both added 12 for the Cougars.
“We were able to jump out on them early and were able to hold them off the rest of the way,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “We rebound and play good defense and then we get lazy.
“We have to be able to sustain a run and finish a game; if we can’t rebound and finish it’s going to be a long year.”
The Cougars will be back on the hardwood at 5 p.m. when they meet up with Calaveras High.
Downey 42, Ripon Christian 41
The Knights abused Downey in the season opener for both clubs. On Friday, Downey was able to extract revenge with a one-point win.
“We did not play well at all,” Ripon Christian head coach Ed Mulder said. “Our defense was just terrible.
“You can’t get out hustled and play poor defense and expect to win.”
Mikaela Alger had a strong contest, leading the Knights with 18 points and nine rebounds.
Ripon Christian (3-2) will close out tournament play with a 5 p.m. contest against Hughson High.
Westmoor 40, Sierra 22
Struggles continued for the Timberwolves Friday, as the group dropped its fifth straight in a loss to Westmoor during day two of the Lodi Tournament.
Lia Unterholzner made solid contributions on the offensive end, leading Sierra (0-5) with a double-digit 10 point outing. Teammate Celine Barber chipped in with five.
Lathrop 35, Escalon 33
The Spartans held off a stubborn Escalon group to earn a berth in the Camelot Classic championship.
Lathrop’s Krishna Sabado calmly sank three consecutive free throws after being fouled on a 3-point shot, helping make up the difference in the game’s final minutes. Jenessa Alejandro led Lathrop with a 10 point showing, including crucial 3-for-4 shooting from the foul line.
Lathrop (4-0) will play for the tournament championship at 7:30 p.m. when they meet up with tournament host East Union.
East Union 32, Tracy 26
The Lancers did all they had to do to get into their tournament title game, handling Tracy in a semifinal victory.
The win puts East Union (4-1) in a championship contest with Lathrop High at 7:30 p.m.
Marina Sayler led the Lancers with 12 points, while Dani Herrera and Nayeli Del Real chipped in with six and four, respectively.
Manteca 38, Ripon 37
The Manteca High sophomore girls team outlasted Ripon for a one point victory Friday at East Union.
McKenna Balmut led Manteca with 11 points and 10 boards and four assists. Abbie Behler had 19 points and seven rebounds to go along with three assists.
Manteca will be back on the court at 1:30 p.m. against the Sierra-Modesto contest winner.
East Union 57, Sierra 23
The Lancers stayed perfect on the young season, disposing of crosstown rival Sierra with ease Friday in the Camelo Classic day two action.
Samantha Gonzalez led the Lancer effort with 22 points, while teammate Destiny Flores added 14 and pilfered five steals.