TURLOCK — Manteca’s girls’ basketball team knocked off defending champion Sonora 67-51 in the first round of the Pitman Holiday Classic on Thursday.
It was the second meeting between these old Valley Oak League rivals this season, with the Buffaloes also winning the first time around, 56-36.
“Good first game back,” Manteca coach Ryan Bono said. “We were a little slow on our defensive priorities in the first quarter but picked it up as the game went along.”
The Buffaloes (9-3) staked a 19-15 lead by the end of the first quarter but locked the Sonora Wildcats (5-7) down from there). Kyaira Jacobs spearheaded their balanced scoring with 17 points. Jayda Jackson (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Paige Peterson (10 points, 10 rebounds) each had double-doubles. Jaslyn Woods contributed 12 points.
Ripon Christian 62, Pitman 40
OAKDALE — Ahead 29-19 at halftime of the Oakdale Rotary Classic opener, the Knights (6-3) broke it open with a 22-point outburst in the third quarter as they stumped Pitman (5-6) with their halfcourt defense.
Will Gilbert fired a game-high 24 points. Jacob Van Groningen contributed 11 points, while Lukas Van Groningen and Caleb Terpsma had eight each. Kyahn Issa headed Pitman with 10 points.
Ripon Christian plays Ceres tonight at 6:30.