Lindsey Walljasper churned out 17 points and 23 rebounds, and Sierra put together a dominant third quarter to topple visiting Oakdale 57-45 on Thursday for its first Valley Oak League victory under first-year coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson.
The Timberwolves (1-5 VOL, 8-11 overall) ended a five-game skid that followed three straight wins for the consolation championship in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament last month.
“We have been hungry for a win in league and tonight we got one,” she said. “Tonight was a total team effort. Our talk on and off the court, intensity and heart showed. I am proud of what these girls are defining as Sierra basketball.”
Sierra led 11-6 after the first quarter but used a 15-3 third-quarter push to break away for a 41-25 advantage.
Jasmin Correa collected 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Raiann Prieto added 12 points and nine rebounds while facilitating the offense. Jordan Hayter chipped in 10 points.
Grace Higle hit three 3s and fired 17 points for the Mustangs (1-4, 9-9).
“Our defense determined our offense tonight,” Founts-Bergerson said. “We were able to run the ball and we like playing that fast-paced game.”
Central Catholic 60, Weston Ranch 54
MODESTO — Weston Ranch (0-6, 3-16) held a nine-point lead early in the fourth quarter but let it slip away.
The Cougars were ultimately done in by foul trouble and 31 turnovers. Still, they built a 14-5 lead in the first quarter and were ahead 35-22 at halftime.
Jennalyn Laminero posted 13 points to pace Weston Ranch. Nia Boston, Injesa Lomax and Asani White (13 rebounds) pitched in nine each. Jasmine Kelly and Tessa Gallo fired 20 and 19 points for Central Catholic (2-4, 10-8), respectively.
Weston Ranch 46,
RIPON — After scoring just two points in the second period and trailing by 11 after three, the Cougars (10-3) went on a 21-7 tear down the stretch for the come-from-behind win.
Krista Johnson spearheaded the charge with 14 points, while Jasmine Basco and Sierra Cleary each turned in 12.