Izabella Sanchez posted a double-double in her return to Manteca’s girls basketball team Friday, as the Buffaloes rolled 56-33 in their season opener against visiting Beyer.
The versatile 6-foot-1 senior tallied 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals. She missed her entire junior season with a knee injury.
“Having Izzy back is a game changer,” Manteca coach Oscar Calix said. “With her coming back from injury, he’s getting into the flow of things, and I can’t wait to see her continue to get better throughout the season.”
Beyer was still within striking distance down 26-18 at halftime but succumbed to Manteca’s full-court pressure. Michailla Springs keyed the defense with her pressure on Beyer point guard Kylie Kulina.
Jada Ikharo contributed eight points and 10 rebounds.
Manteca 61, Elk Grove 46
The Buffaloes jumped out to a 24-12 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back in the road win.
Peyton Neiman led them with 14 points, Evani Gaeta had 12 and Santiago Sanders chipped in 10/
JV boys basketball
Sierra 46, Pitman 26
Cody Camarena paced the balanced Timberwolves with 10 points.
Julian Ruiz added eight points, while Lorenzo Jones and Anthony Mayorga pitched in seven apiece.
Frosh boys basketball
Sierra 49, Pitman 26
Ryan Alves knocked down five 3s for his game-high 15 points. Sierra established an 18-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Isaiah Revives buried two 3s and netted eight points and four assists. Seban Thomas and Karanbir Bhandal scored six points each. Bhandal also had five steals.
Elk Grove 51, Manteca 42
Madden Melendez and David Grisham spearheaded Manteca with 10 and nine points, respectively.