STOCKTON — Rodriguez brought the pressure, and Lathrop made the Mustangs of Fairfield pay in the Stagg Delta Queens Tournament semifinal showdown Friday.
Lathrop went on a 17-5 second-quarter run to gain early separation, then sealed it with a 21-point outburst in the fourth en route to a 60-42 victory.
“We were disciplined in everything we did,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “The girls moved the ball the way we practiced and we had a layup drill. They kept bringing the pressure and we attacked it without making turnovers.
One of the beneficiaries was Myani Thornton, who spearheaded the Spartans (2-1) with 22 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Semajynique Steen amassed 19 rebounds to go with her eight points. Khiya Thornton contributed 10 points, four boards and four steals.
Anisa Rillo scored nine points for Rodriguez (4-2).
Lathrop plays for the title at 5 today against Valley Oak League rival Kimball or Liberty. Lathrop’s sophomore squad is also playing for a Stagg tourney championship after downing Rodriguez, 30-19. The Spartans’ freshman team beat Kimball 34-14 to advance to the third-place game in East Union’s Camelot Classic.
Argonaut 62, Ripon Christian 57
JACKSON — The Knights (4-2) got an outstanding effort out of Kelly Engel, who poured in 27 points and 10 rebounds.
But Ripon Christian was facing foul trouble all night and could not keep up with the Argonaut Quarterback Club Tournament host. Sophomore point guard Morgan Van Elderen was one of three starters to foul out. She finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Lauryn Davis paced Argonaut (3-3) with 24 points.
Ripon Christian wraps up tournament play with Freedom today at 2.
Lincoln 53, Manteca 40
STOCKTON — Manteca (2-2) delivered the first blow against the Lincoln Trojan Clash tournament host Friday, staking an early 18-14 lead. The Buffaloes struggled to manufacture offense the rest of the way.
Selena Lopez had the hot hand at the start, draining three 3-pointers for her nine points. Jayda Jackson was the leading scorer with 17 points. Manteca faces Pitman for third place today.