Sierra gave up 20 points in the first quarter for an early 11-point deficit against visiting Central Catholic on Thursday but came back for a 55-48 win.
“Tonight, the girls decided to win this game,” Sierra coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson said. “They fought back hard to go into the third down one. We showed some crazy determination and heart.”
Three freshmen were among the standouts in this Valley Oak League contest. For Sierra (2-7, 9-13 overall), which avenged a 52-48 road loss to the Raiders (2-7, 10-11), Jordan Hayter exploded for 19 points and buried three 3-pointers.
Central Catholic freshmen Tessa Gallo and Hannah Castillon finished with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
The Timberwolves won the second quarter 21-11 to trail 31-30 at halftime. They took over with a 14-8 third quarter and held on from there.
Center Lindsey Walljasper keyed the victory with 12 points, and Raiann Prieto made two 3s and added 10 points in her return from a concussion.
“It’s a great feeling as a coach to be able to step back and watch your team play instinctively,” Founts-Bergerson said. “They did that tonight, and I could not be more proud.”
Weston Ranch 39
OAKDALE — Trailing by three to start the second quarter, the host Mustangs (3-5 VOL, 10-10 overall) took over with a 17-7 run and didn’t look back. Grace Higle led them with 20 points.
Weston Ranch (1-8, 4-18) struggled to get shots to fall, making just 14 of 64 from the field. Jennalyn Laminero paced the injury-ravaged Cougars with 12 points. Damaysha Huff contributed nine points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Mountain House 52,
Ripon Christian 45
RIPON — The Knights (3-4, 11-10) could not overcome early shooting woes against the defending Trans-Valley League champion.
Trailing by as much as 14 in the first half, Ripon Christian charged back and found itself down 44-42 at one point in the fourth quarter before the Mustangs (4-3, 8-10) answered with a staggering 8-0 run.
Morgan Van Elderen led Ripon Christian with 19 points, while Renae Heida recorded eight points and 11 rebounds. Mariana Holtz fired a game-high 20 points for Mountain House, and Arielle Tala pitched in 13.
Weston Ranch 30,
OAKDALE — Jasmine Basco and Kyara Thompson scored eights apiece to lead Weston Ranch in this low-scoring affair. Neither team broke double digits in any quarter.