DUBLIN — Sierra started strong Wednesday but needed an even better finish to pull off a 44-42 win over Los Banos in the Pearl Division championship game of the West Coast Jamboree at Valley Christian.
After jumping ahead 14-11 in the first quarter, Sierra trailed for most of the second and third before finally retaking the lead with 1:30 remaining.
The Timberwolves (7-5) trailed at 10 at one point and by as much as eight in the fourth quarter before coming up with clutch shots and defensive stops. Devi Coglio, who finished with a game-high 16 points, made a late-game steal and scored off the turnover with a layup that pushed Sierra ahead by five with 50 seconds remaining.
Kayla Wilson scored 13 points and was the tournament’s MVP. She and Coglio were joined by Megan Westfall on the all-tournament team.
“We never gave up tonight and pushed through until the final buzzer,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We’ve been stressing the importance of perseverance all season and tonight our girls won the mental battle.”
Keiloni Smith paced Los Banos (5-6) with 10 points.
Sierra caps nonleague action Saturday at Riverbank and tips off the Valley Oak League schedule next Wednesday, Jan. 6 at home against Oakdale.
Ripon 44, Willits 18
WALNUT CREEK — The Indians (7-6) held Willits (6-5) to its season-worst scoring total in the consolation final at Berean Christian.
Jill Jamero and Carla Calderon were all-tournament selections.
“It was one of the best games we’ve played in a long time,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “They’re not a bad team; we just did a real good job.”