Lathrop’s girls basketball team bounced back from its first Western Athletic Conference loss of the season on Tuesday, defeating Mountain House on the road 54-43 behind lights-out shooting from Kierstin Constantino and Isa Paniagua.
The senior backcourt tandem led the attack for the Spartans (4-1, 14-5), with Constantino pouring in 22 points and Paniagua adding 20. Lathrop was ahead at halftime 18-11 before getting untracked on the offensive end.
Coach Dwayne Davis credited an improved effort on defense for the win. Last Thursday, Lathrop was upset by Johansen, 54-46, marking just the sixth time this season the team has given up at least 50 points.
“Very proud of the defensive effort this game,” Davis said. “We stuck to our game plan on the court to limit the shooters and team rebound. We didn’t worry about our fastbreak and we wanted to limit their possessions.
“We didn’t gamble in our pressures, so we were able to maintain defensive help position. Was a little overwhelmed with the game being so physical — we had a huge deficit from the (free-throw) line, but Isa and Kierstin shot the ball really well tonight.”
Sydney Hanks anchored the Spartans with her work on the boards, while Lilly Avila provided post defense. Tatiana Lowery pitched in six points.
Sanah Fobert paced the Mustangs (1-2, 5-6) with 17 points.
Ripon Christian 75, Riverbank 31
The Knights (3-0, 11-6) had runs of 12-0 and 19-0 in the middle quarters to run away with a landslide victory ahead of their big Trans-Valley League clash at Ripon.
Eli Terpsma led them with 16 points and six assists. Thys Vander Hoek contributed 11 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Griffin de Abreu chipped in nine points, 15 boards and three assists.
Freddy Anderson scored 10 points for visiting Riverbank (0-3, 6-12).
Sierra 13, Weston Ranch 0
Sac-Joaquin Section scoring leader Jocelin Roa had a hat trick and two assists for the Timberwolves (8-0 Valley Oak League, 13-3-1 overall), while Zoie Willson, Annika Rose and Annika Beall each scored a brace.
Becca Thomson Hailey Cruz and Payton Abrew added one goal apiece. Contributing with assists were Jenni Nassayn (two), Lela Schluer, Annalise Paule, Sutton Denny, Thomson (two) and Willson. Paule also had three saves.
East Union 2, Central Catholic 2
Chelsea Keathley and Chloe Silva each scored for the Lancers (1-4-1, 6-6-1) while host Central Catholic (3-2-2, 4-6-3) was able to salvage a draw in the physical VOL tussle.
Manteca 6, Oakdale 0
Caitlynn Wong fired three goals and an assist, as Manteca (6-1, 15-3) coasted to a VOL win at home.
Camerson Silva contributed two goals and two assists.
Yehudit Vega scored with a header off a corner kick, and Sienna Jones had an assist. The Buffaloes defense allowed just one shot.
JV girls basketball
Lathrop 49, Mountain House 48
Riana Dela Cruz poured in 23 points, leading a come-from-behind victory for the visiting Spartans (4-0 WAC). Lathrop trailed 40-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Navi Kaur contributed 12 points and three blocks. Haven Urbina-Thierry contributed nine points but was mostly tasked with guarding the Mustangs’ top player.
Lathrop lost the freshman contest, 40-28.