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Third-quarter surge lifts Ranch past Sierra
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STOCKTON — Weston Ranch survived a scare Friday night, needing a 14-4 flurry in the third quarter to ward off Sierra, 49-41.
It was tied at 28-all at halftime before the Cougars (2-4 Valley Oak League, 8-9 overall) broke away. Asia Stamps and Nia Boston contributed five points apiece in the third-quarter rally.
“We played flat, but we played good enough to win,” Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “We didn’t do the one thing we do best, which is run. We ended up playing much better defense and moving our feet in the second half. We were giving them just one shot and rebounding the ball. That gave us a little cushion and allowed us to settle down and play a little better.”
Stamps ended up with 15 points, and Justice Stitt added 10. Sierra (0-6, 2-16) was led by Alison Edwards’ 11 points. Jasmin Correa chipped in with eight.
“We did a great job of rebounding and knocking down open looks in the first half, but couldn’t put together a full game,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said.
Weston Ranch 34,
 Sierra 13
STOCKTON — Weston Ranch (5-0, 10-5) pitched a shutout in the second quarter to take a 20-7 halftime lead and rolled to a lopsided win that keeps the Cougars undefeated in VOL play.
Ashanti Boatman (three steals, two blocks) and Darnaysha Huff (five steals, six blocks) each tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds. Zahbria Hendrix contributed six points, six steals and five assists.