Still not at full strength, Manteca’s girls basketball team improved to 2-0 under first-year head coach Oscar Calix on Monday with a one-sided 62-22 triumph at Franklin.
Picking up the slack were 6-foot-1 sophomore wing Izabella Sanchez and junior guard Jill Santos. Sanchez outscored the host Yellowjackets (1-5) with 23 points to go with seven rebounds.
“She is starting to realize how special of a player she is,” Calix said. “She has the ability to stretch the floor and give us mismatches all over.”
Santos added 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. She and Sanchez helped the Buffaloes roll to a 37-11 halftime lead, leading a full-court press and up-tempo attack.
Manteca plays again next Tuesday, Dec. 14 in its home opener against Escalon. Calix expects veteran point guard Marcelina Chaparro to make her season debut after missing the first two outings with a hand injury. Senior forward Hailey Kent is likely to return after tweaking her knee in the team’s win at Lodi last week.
“We are excited to finally see our team in full effect next week,” Calix said.
Sierra 3, Tokay 3
It was a wild, back-and-forth non-league affair in Lodi.
The host Tigers (1-1-2) battled back from a 2-0 halftime deficit to take a 3-2 lead in the second half. Sierra (5-1-1) was able to salvage the draw thanks to A.J. Paz’s equalizer in the 70th minute. He was assisted by Audie Garza.
Joey Vasquez got the Timberwolves on the board in the 12th minute with a penalty kick. The gap was doubled in the 37th when Juan Lara headed in Joey Velasquez’s set-piece delivery.
Lathrop 2, Riverbank 2
The Spartans (2-5-3) traded blows with visiting Riverbank (2-2-1) after a scoreless first half.
Sophomore Ociel Mora netted the tying and go-ahead goals for Lathrop. The first was a penalty kick, and he followed that up with a finish in the run of play off a pass from Anthony Gonzalez. The Spartans had chances to widen the advantage but could not capitalize on their 18 shot attempts. The junior varsity team won, 3-1.
Lathrop begins Western Athletic Conference play Wednesday at powerhouse Ceres.
Lincoln 2, Weston Ranch 1
Alexis Chavez posted his team-high seventh goal of the year, but it was all the Cougars (6-3-1) could muster after training 2-0 at halftime. Aaron Silva was credited with the assist. The visiting Trojans improved to 3-0.
“Played extremely well,” Weston Ranch coach Francisco Cisneros said. “It was a great match to get us ready for the (Valley Oak League). It was a terrific effort from all the players.”
JV girls basketball
Manteca 51, Franklin 17
Jada Ikharo collected 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals for a near-triple-double. Freshman Jayda Anderson contributed 12 rebounds and six points.