With three starters sitting the first half of Sierra’s final nonleague contest at Downey on Friday, the Timberwolves had some trouble getting untracked against the winless host team.
Sierra leaned on its post players to get things going, as 6-foot-2 center Allie Walljasper scored a season-high 18 points to lead a 40-21 victory. Kristen Maestretti added eight points for the Timberwolves, who enter Valley Oak League play with an 8-5 record. They take on visiting Oakdale next Wednesday.
Sierra nursed a 13-12 halftime lead but widened the gap with a 16-4 explosion in the third quarter.
“Downey was 0-10 going into tonight’s contest, so we knew they would be dangerous,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “They were hungry for their first win and we knew that we had a huge target on our back.
“This week we have been focusing on defensive rotation and executing our plays, and tonight we did both very well.”
East Union 54, Modesto 14
The Lancers (8-3) blanked visiting Modesto (1-9) while rallying for 20 points in the first quarter before putting it on cruise control.
Olivia Vezaldenos netted 16 points, six steals and five assists. Loretta Kakala had eight points, eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks in limited action, as 11 of 13 East Union players scored.
East Union returns to Dalben Center Wednesday for its VOL opener with Kimball.
Weston Ranch 76,
The Cougars (7-3) shook off a slow start in their non-league finale and scored 26 points in the second quarter and 22 in the third before shutting out host Tokay 19-0 in the fourth on Thursday.
Patricia King spearheaded a balanced scoring effort with 19 points. A.J. Brown pumped in 18, Kelli Laughlin had 15 and Elisabeth Alexander 13. Weston Ranch opens its VOL schedule at Sonora next Wednesday.
E. Union 46, Modesto 14
East Union carries a 9-1 record into the VOL after Jessica Pablo led the way with 13 points. Marcella Salyer chipped in with 11.
East Union 44, Modesto 16
The Pages end the pre-league schedule with a 6-4 mark after Friday’s rout.
Julia Vigallon accumulated 18 points, 10 steals and five rebounds. Alaina Haena added 13 points and five steals.