OAKDALE — Coming off two straight double-digit losses, Sierra’s girls basketball team vaulted itself into contention in the Valley Oak League on Wednesday with a 53-43 win at Oakdale.
“Tonight was a good and a needed win for us,” Sierra coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson said. “The girls fought hard and played good basketball.”
The Timberwolves (1-2 VOL, 11-6 overall) were effective inside and out as they separated themselves from Oakdale (0-3, 12-7), one of six teams in league with a winning record.
Jordan Hayter led the way with 16 points, sinking a pair of 3s in the process. Dulce Cruz did her work in the post and finished with 15 points. Inessa Villanueva attacked the defense with dribble penetration, adding nine points.
Sierra outscored the Mustangs 11-6 in the second quarter for a 27-21 halftime lead. The Timberwolves play host to familiar Weston Ranch on Friday. The two district rivals previously met on the final day of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament on Dec. 29, with Sierra prevailing, 50-40.
“We know it’s going to be a battle,” Founts-Bergerson said. “They’re well-coached and athletic girls. We have to be ready every night to play our best basketball.”
Central Catholic 60, Weston Ranch 47
MODESTO — The Raiders (1-3 VOL, 14-6 overall) rode the hot hand of senior wing Jasmine Kelly, who registered 26 points.
Kyshanti King tallied 14 points to pace Weston Ranch (0-3, 7-10). Kaila Comerie added nine.
Manteca 8, Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — The Buffaloes (3-1-1 VOL, 6-5-3 overall) dominated their tune-up match for Friday’s showdown against rival East Union.
Kaley Miller exploded for four goals and an assist. Isabella Avila, Caitlynn Wong, Isabella Pires and Esmeralda Ochoa scored one goal apiece. Jordyn Silva and Ashleen Kahar had two assists each, and Mia Treacy chipped in one.
Manteca attempted 28 shots and allowed none. East Union hosts the Buffaloes on Friday starting at 5:45.