With several key players still out with injuries, Manteca High’s girls basketball team struggled to get untracked in a 66-54 nonleague road win at Johansen Tuesday.
Reserve forward Jasmine Odell provided a needed spark. She erupted for 18 points while providing good energy on the boards and defense, adding 11 rebounds and eight steals on the night. Odell pumped in 10 of her points in the fourth quarter.
Karleasha Thompson fired 19 points to go with five steals, and point guard Mikayla Hasal added 10 points.
“It took a while to get us going, but Jasmine Odell was the bright spot,” Manteca coach Andrea Hiatt said.
The Buffaloes, now 3-0, were stunted early on by unforced turnovers, and a paltry effort at the free-throw line (12 of 34) allowed Johansen (2-6) to stick around.
“It was a sloppy game, but we came up with the win,” Hiatt said.
Manteca opens the Ceres Tournament Thursday with Atwater at 6 p.m.
West 41, Lathrop 33
The Spartans (0-3) were in position to notch their first win of the season but wore down in the second half. They were ahead 17-15 at halftime before visiting West of Tracy (2-4) went on a torrid 20-6 run in the third quarter.
“We got outhustled tonight,” said Lathrop coach Ed Fang. “It was a game we could have won, we just seemed to run out of gas.”
Jazlyn Simon paced the Spartans with 12 points, and Loreal Taylor chipped in 10. Lathrop heads to Tracy High on Thursday.
Lathrop 43, West 31
Brianna Fernandez registered 15 points and was aided by Janessa Alejandro’s 13 as Lathrop (6-0) continued its hot start to the season.
Taylor Conley started well, scoring six points in the first half before she was limited by foul trouble over the final two periods.
Manteca 46, Johansen 29
The Buffaloes coasted to victory in Modesto behind Abbie Behler’s 16 points. McKenna Balmut added 12 points, and Beth Aschenbrenner led Manteca in rebounding with six.