Dwayne Davis reached a coaching milestone for Lathrop High’s girls basketball team Friday night and didn’t even realize it until after his Spartans dispatched visiting Grace Davis, 60-38.
“I don’t count that stuff, it’s all about the kids,” he said. “I celebrate them. They’re all genuinely having a lot of fun and coaching them makes it a lot of fun. That lets me know we’re doing something right.”
Davis is in his seventh season as Lathrop’s varsity girls head coach with a 100-71 record.
One night after squeaking out a two-point win at Grace Davis in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams, Lathrop jumped out to a big lead early in the rematch and didn’t let up in the second half.
Kierstin Constantino led the way with 16 points. Coach Davis gave a nod to seniors Sanah Singh (12 points) and Crispa Ballesteros (eight points) who helped set the tone with “lights out” play. Sophomore Alaba Olaleye contributed 11 points, and freshman Navi Kaur had nine.
Belen Ruiz fired 18 for Grace Davis.
Manteca 82, Sierra 46
Kyaira Jacobs amassed 23 points, Marcelina Chaparro added 22 and Gabriella Azevedo chipped in 19 that included four 3s as the Buffaloes rolled to another Valley Oak League win over their rival.
Brianna Parker finished with 11 points for the visiting Timberwolves.
East Union 70, Weston Ranch 39
Kyshanti King erupted for 29 points, capping off her big night with two 3s early in the fourth quarter at Dalben Center. The senior guard had 18 at halftime, helping the Lancers stake a 31-22 lead.
A 24-11 third quarter blew it open for East Union. Taylor Snaer and Lauren Pablo contributed 11 and 10, respectively. Lea’zea Smith paced Weston Ranch with 12.
Kimball 55, Ripon 36
The Indians (0-2) recognized seniors Molly Burton (five points, five rebounds), Kiley Holland (five points, eight rebounds, six assists) and Ally Pendleton in their home opener.
Kimball (2-0 VOL, 4-0 overall) blew open a 16-6 first-quarter lead and continued to widen the gap from there. Marianthe Tsirelas tied Ripon’s Kaylee Hutchinson for game-high honors with 14 points.
Manteca 64, Sierra 52
The host Timberwolves were eager to avenge their loss from Thursday and shot out to a 21-15 first-quarter lead.
Manteca, despite an early ankle injury to guard Trey Moreland, turned up its play defensively and raced away with a 22-point outburst in the fourth.
Nick Bell (nine rebounds) and Jake Wirstlin (four 3-pointers) poured in 17 points apiece for the Buffaloes. Justice Chase had 11 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Inderbitzin tallied 10 points.
Ryan Borgeson sparked Sierra’s early surge with three 3s but was ultimately held to 12 points. Arvin Chohan also scored 12, and Noah Ramil finished with 11.
Manteca won the JV game 61-18, and freshman, 50-29.
Manteca was scheduled to face Kimball next week, but the Jaguars are in quarantine because of positive tests for COVID-19. The Buffaloes will instead host Tokay on Friday, April 30 and St. Mary’s the following day.
Manteca 11, Sierra 2
The visiting Buffaloes (1-4, 4-5) rallied for four runs in the first inning en route to notching their fourth win in five games.
Nayellys Torres hit 2 for 2, plating four runs while driving in one. She was also the winning pitcher, registering six strikeouts in six innings in a combined five hitter. Mohrgen Kissee closed it out.
Rayana Ladd (2 for 3, double) and Kiana Briseno (2 for 4, run) each had two RBIs. Peyton Faias scored twice, finishing 2 for 4.
JV girls soccer
Sierra 8, Central Catholic 0
Jenny Nassyan buried goals in the 33rd and 50th minutes during the Timberwolves’ lopsided VOL win Wednesday.
Marissa Gonzalez, Weizmann Khan, Lindsey Rose and Jaylin Ruiz all contributed one goal and one assist. Maya Murillo and Kaila Ward each added a goal, while Savannagh Scott and Johanna Rocha each had an assist.
East Union 9, Ripon Christian 7
Marissa Harper went 3 for 3 with a double, a triple and three RBIs to highlight the East Union win.
Ariel Mejia finished 3 for 4 and scored four runs. Elizabeth Johnson contributed two RBIs, going 2 for 4.
Host Ripon Christian put a scare into the Lancers with a four-run rally in the seventh. Taylor Postma belted a two-run double for the Knights. Mikaela Vander Molen went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs. Emma DeBruyn was also 2 for 4 with a run and RBI. Grace Oneto contributed three knocks.
JV girls basketball
Lathrop 43, Grace Davis 12
Lathrop clamped down in the second half, shutting out the visiting Spartans from Modesto while scoring 29 points.
Riana Dela Cruz and Tatiana Lowery fired 11 points apiece.