Manteca stumbled out of the gate Tuesday night and managed just four first-quarter points against Tracy before Kyaria Jacobs got six points in the second quarter to help narrow a seven-point deficit to two on the way to a 48-41 win for the Buffaloes on non-league girls basketball action at Winter Gym.
Jacobs led Manteca with 14 points.
“We started off soft in the first quarter,” Jacobs said. “When we went back on the court in the second quarter we started talking and communicating and then our defense stepped it up and that helped us get our offense going.”
Buffaloes coach Ryan Bono thinks the slow start may have been due to the exhilarating 46-34 road win Monday over Lincoln of Stockton.
“We opened up with 11 turnovers in the first quarter,” Bono said. “I told the ladies that I hoped they didn’t have a hangover from beating Lincoln on Monday because they were pretty excited about that.
“I think we came out flat and we battled back, which I am proud of. From the second quarter on I thought we played pretty well, but we have to be able to put previous games behind us and move forward.”
Jayda Jackson (13 points) scored seven points in the third quarter when teammate Selena Lopez scored all eight of her points behind a pair of 3-pointers, giving the Buffaloes (5-3) a 35-30 lead after three quarters.
“After the first half we knew we had to come back and fight and attack the basket because we are an attacking team,” Jackson said. “So, we started attacking more and getting more open shots and that helped us get the lead in the third quarter.”
The Manteca defense helped slam the door on the Bulldogs (2-7) in the fourth quarter and that defensive charge was led by Sarah Inderbitzin who grabbed seven of her nine rebounds in the final period.
“We had to get those defensive rebounds to pick ourselves up,” Inderbitzin said. “That allowed us to get back into the flow of things.”
Rhiannon Genilla (six points) grabbed eight rebounds, made three steals and dished off two assists for the Buffaloes.
Izzie Valdez paced Tracy with 16 points with teammate Alyssa Escobar adding 15.
Manteca 38, Tracy 30
Paige Peterson paced the Buffaloes with 14 points and Savannah Alvarez added eight.
Manteca 49, Tracy 20
Jaslyn Woods just missed a double-double for the Buffaloes with 25 points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Manteca’s Jadyn Nieman did have a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.