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Simmons powers Weston Ranchs decisive run
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STOCKTON — Weston Ranch High orchestrated a 17-0 run in the second quarter while rolling past Kimball Thursday, 74-51.

Tre Simmons scored 11 of his 15 points during the rally, and Fred Lavender, who finished with a game-high 23, chipped in with seven, helping the Cougars improve to 4-1 in the Valley Oak League.

“Our defense is what came through for us in the second,” said Weston Ranch coach Chris Teevan, who also praised Josh Dilg, Jordan Tauga and Erron Duncan for applying some of defensive pressure.

The Jaguars (2-4 VOL, 7-10 overall) put together a 10-0 first-quarter run highlighted by Jhordin Mellion’s breakaway slam dunk and led 19-13 early on. The Cougars (11-6 overall) were sparked by a steal on an inbound pass from Simmons, who scored a quick basket to kick off the second.

By the time the damage was completed, Weston Ranch had a 30-19 advantage, making it 37-28 at the break.

Jalen Ragsdale took over in the second half, hitting 17 of his 19 points during that span. He also had four steals.

Dilg had three steals, four rebounds and a block, while Lavender had five boards including three offensive rebounds, two steals and a block.

But it was his alley-oop slam dunk that thrilled the home crowd at the start of the fourth.

By then, the Cougars were boasting a 57-38 lead.

Lavender, for an encore, flushed down a breakaway one-handed dunk.

Offensively, Kimball was led by V.J. Obiajulu and Mellion with16 and 13 points, respectively. Peter Van Katwyk chipped with 11.

For Weston Ranch, Jazz Swanson finished with eight,  including a pair of treys in the third quarter.