Manteca’s girls basketball team nearly blew a double-digit lead, holding on to escape Weston Ranch with a 45-44 Valley Oak League victory on Thursday.
The Buffaloes (2-0, 10-3 overall) blasted out to a 23-9 lead and was ahead 44-32 at the start of the fourth quarter. Jill Santos’ free throw was the only point scored by Manteca in the final period and proved to the the difference.
“We were getting to the hoop getting shots we wanted but couldn’t finish,” Manteca coach Oscar Calix said. “We weren’t getting calls that I felt we should’ve got, but that’s part of the game and we have to play through it and finish.”
Ariel De La O racked up 11 points, five rebounds and three steals for Manteca. Kerena Malone added nine points and five boards. Hailey Kent had eight points and four steals.
Weston Ranch (0-2, 4-7) was led by Janay Holmes’ 15 points.
Ripon Christian 40, Hilmar 28
Kristen Van Elderen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3 minutes remaining, and the host Knights (2-1, 3-9 overall) rolled to their second straight Trans-Valley League victory. It was her third 3 of the game, and she finished with nine points.
Maddie Yonker led Ripon Christian with 16 points. Emily Cogswell scored 16 for Hilmar (0-3, 4-10) but was shutout in the fourth period.
Johansen 54, Lathrop 46
Amira Manning and Alize Martinez had their way in the paint, scoring 17 points each to propel host Johansen (1-2, 7-9 overall) with a stunning Western Athletic Conference win.
Lathrop (3-1, 13-5), which had won nine of its previous 10 games, nursed a 25-23 halftime lead but was outscored in the 18-11 in the third quarter. Kierstin Constantino paced the Spartans with 14 points, and Isa Paniagua had 11.
“It was probably the most undisciplined defense we’ve played all season long,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We went for steals all over the floor and it cost us big time. It was very uncharacteristic of how we play.”
Sierra 3, Kimball 0
Sac-Joaquin Section goal-scoring leader Jocelin Roa added two more goals to her season total of 29, and the defense — featuring Lindsey Rose, Jenna Castro, Zoie Willson, Kaitlyn Berdiago and Preeya Singh — held for a shutout in front of goalkeeper Annika Beal (three saves).
“Jocelin had another great game,” Sierra coach Manuel Pires said. “She’s a player that’s been very heavily guarded, and she finds a way to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Presley Perez got Sierra (6-0 VOL, 11-3-1 overall) on the board in the 25th minute, finishing off a corner kick. Singh contributed two assists to the attack. Seven of the team’s 10 shots were on frame.
The Timberwolves host East Union on Saturday starting at 11:45 a.m.
East Union 2, Oakdale 1
The Lancers (1-3 VOL, 6-5 overall) picked up a much-needed win on the road, snapping a five-game losing streak while avenging one of those defeats.
Chelsea Keathley accounted for both of their goals, while Kaylee Mejia assisted both. Kaylee Hutzler and Natalia Ruiz anchored the defense.
JV girls basketball
Lathrop 64, Johansen 4
The Spartans improved to 3-0 in league and had all seven of their available players score.
Leading the way was Haven Urbina-Thierry with 16 points. Riana Dela Cruz and Tai Lowery contributed 12 apiece.
Frosh girls basketball
Lathrop 30, Johansen 17
With only six players, Lathrop still managed to dominate its first conference contest of the season. The Spartans led 21-5 at halftime and cruised from there.
Tiba Sameer and Kirat Sidhu paced them with 14 and 12 points, respectively.