Not this time.
In its rematch with Oakdale, Sierra was able to weather a second-half comeback and sneak out with a 54-51 win on the road.
The Timberwolves (3-6 Valley Oak League, 11-11 overall) were leading by 21 points at halftime before Oakdale (2-7, 11-11) made its big move. The host Mustangs outscored Sierra 25-10 in the fourth quarter to make it competitive.
These two squads first met on Jan. 8 for the VOL opener. Sierra was up 10 at halftime before losing, 42-32. Sierra snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.
“We don’t want to give up 41 points in a half, but we were able to hold on and pull out the win,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We are growing and maturing as a team, because a couple of weeks ago this easily could have turned into a 10-point loss.”
Kayla Wilson did her part to make sure that was not going to be the case again. She knocked down four 3-pointers and fired 20 total points to go with six rebounds. Allie Walljasper, who was out sick in the Timberwolves’ previous showdown with Oakdale, contributed 13 points and eight boards.
Kimball 63, East Union 44
In Tracy, the Lancers (4-5, 13-8) shot out to a 14-9 first-quarter lead before Kimball answered with a 24-point outburst that included four made 3-pointers in the second.
Loretta Kakala collected 20 points and 10 rebounds for East Union. Allison Schmidt pumped in 21 points and was one of four Jaguars (8-1, 19-3) in double figures.
Sierra 47, Oakdale 42
Trayana Davis accumulated 20 points as Sierra (5-2, 15-8) rolled to a road victory.
Devi Coglio chimed in with 13 points and 10 steals. Kendelle Messersmith handed out six assists to go with seven points.
East Union 35, Kimball 26
Jessica Pablo and Jordyn Posz turned in nine points apiece to lead the Pages (5-4, 16-5).