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Sierra survives one-man wrecking ball
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Sierras Lindsey Walljasper blocks the shot of a Riverbank player in the first half of Sierras victory over Riverbank, 50-33, at Riverbank on Saturday. - photo by Photos by WAYNE THALLANDER

Maurice Woods was almost too much for visiting Sierra.

The Johansen-Modesto senior poured in 45 points behind seven 3-pointers and helped force overtime only for the Timberwolves to escape with a 78-74 win on Saturday.

“It was an amazing performance by Woods,” Sierra coach Scott Thomason said. “We tried multiple guys and keeping the ball out of his hands, but he was in a zone.”

The Timberwolves (9-3) had double-digit leads in the second, third and fourth quarters only for the Vikings (3-8) to narrow the gap in each period and erase it entirely in the fourth quarter.

Jess Spivey led Sierra with a double-double, making 23 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Wyatt added 22 points and Bikram Thiara scored 14 points with three 3-pointers.

In overtime, Thiara had a key 3-pointer and Wyatt came up with a huge steal.


Girls basketball

Sierra 50, Riverbank 33

The Timberwolves (8-5) held the Bruins (3-10) to single digits in the second, third and fourth quarters.

Alison Edwards led Sierra with 14 points and seven assists and Lindsey Walljasper earned a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds. 

Riverbank’s Sierra Nabors led all scorers with 24 points, scoring 19 of her team’s 21 first-half points. 

“We did a great job of adjusting at halftime defensively,” Timberwolves coach Martha Spivey said. “Megan Westfall stepped up and wanted to guard Nabors in the second half and limited her to just five points. 

“We played without our leading scorer (Devi Coglio) due to a knee injury sustained in a tournament championship game last week.”


Manteca 59, Livingston 33

Loretta Kakala took the court for the Buffaloes (7-7) after rehabbing a back injury and led Manteca with 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks.

Lejla Pepic added 11 points, seven assists and four steals while Leah Manuleleua led an impressive defensive attack with 16 rebounds. J.J. Santos had nine rebounds and Elizabeth Tolbert seven as part of the 55 rebounds Manteca pulled down. 



Manteca 75, Livingston 30

All Buffaloes scored and three finished in double figures.

Frankie Selena Lopez led Manteca with 17 points. Simranjit Kaur added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Julianne Eavenson had 10 points and 15 rebounds and Sarah Interbitzin made 10 points and 10 rebounds.