GALT — Halie Bergman poured in 31 points to lead Turlock Christian past rival Ripon Christian during Wednesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division V semifinal clash at Warriors Gymnasium.
“We wanted this game,” she said following the 70-54 victory. “As it turned out, this was a game of runs.”
Both teams split in their previous meetings, ending up as co-Southern League champs. While Bergman carried most of the offensive load in the rematch it was her teammates Rebekah Muller and Natalie Snyder who were the difference makers.
The Knights (21-5) led through most of the first half only to see the Eagles (26-3) charge back in the third quarter behind the play of Muller. She netted six of her 19 points in the period, including a steal and inbound assist to Bergman. But more importantly her play put Turlock Christian ahead, 47-40.
RC kept it close thanks to baskets by Mikaela Alger and Kaylie Colyn, who also drew the tough defensive assignment of trying to stop Bergman.
“I guarded her in the first game,” Colyn said. “I knew how to play her by cutting off her left — she likes to go to that side.”
The Knights opened the fourth quarter with a 7-3 run. Morgan Alger had a basket and two free throws and Teagan Manus scored on a steal, pulling RC to within two at the 6:38 mark, 49-47.
Snyder then got hot, hitting a trio of 3s along with a baseline jumper. Turlock Christian, in turn, built up a comfortable 65-52 advantage with three minutes left in the game.
Muller also had eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Snyder finished with 17 points. The Eagles will take on Brookside Christian Friday in finals at Sacramento’s Power Balance Arena.
The Knights will learn their fate on Sunday when the Northern California state playoff schedule is announced.
They were led by Colyn, who had 15 points including a pair of treys. Mikaela Alger chipped in with 12 points, 15 rebounds - six on the offensive end - and a steal.
Teagan Manus added 11 points, nine rebounds and two steals.
Cassidy De Rousse, in addition, pulled in seven boards and a block.