Weston Ranch forced 32 Sierra turnovers Thursday night, and despite having just eight players in uniform rolled to a 60-33 Valley Oak League girls basketball win over the host Timberwolves.
“I think we saw pressure like that the last time we saw them,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We have seen a lot of presses and we just weren’t ready tonight.
“We came out and had 22 turnovers at the half – we just weren’t ready to go. They forced us to have a quick-paced game and that’s not what we do.”
Although his Cougars (11-1 VOL, 18-6 overall) jumped out to a 13-2 lead and were never in danger, Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer was not completely satisfied with his team’s outing.
“We forced a lot of turnovers, but we made a lot too,” Bauer said of his team’s 17 turnovers. “We made a lot of sloppy passes. It would be the right look, but the wrong pass.
“But Sierra is much improved. She (Spivey) is doing a good job of turning the program around.”
Kristen Maestretti (five rebounds) led the Timberwolves (3-9, 11-14) with 12 points. Kayla Wilson and Tiffany Harris each had seven rebounds for Sierra.
All eight Cougars players scored with Elizabeth Alexander (seven rebounds, three steals, five blocks) earning high-point honors at 19. Donica Ramos added 10 points for Weston Ranch while Victoria Gulley made nine rebounds and five steals and Rauline Martinez had six assists.
“This was a team effort,” Alexander said. “We went out with a lot of pressure because we are trying to get a high seed for the playoffs.”
With two league games remaining, the Cougars are tied for first place with Kimball and play the Jaguars on the road Tuesday in the league finale and Weston Ranch hosts East Union Saturday night.
Kimball 46, Lathrop 16
The Jaguars jumped out to a 15-2 lead and led 26-5 at halftime.
Akilah Lesley scored six points for the Spartans (3-9, 7-17), who were without their top player Loreal Taylor (knee). Sarah Nunes recorded a game-high 18 for Kimball (11-1, 22-3).
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Trayana Davis made two free throws for the Timberwolves with 14.1 seconds remaining and stole the ensuing inbounds pass to help seal the Sierra victory.
The Cougars managed to regain possession, but Devi Coglio notched another Timberwolves steal to secure the win. Davis (four rebounds) led all scorers with 17 points and Coglio added nine points. Cecilia Salcedo (seven points) led Sierra with 15 rebounds.
Weston Ranch’s Elysia Hernandez had eight of her team-leading 14 points in the fourth period with six of those eight points coming off 3-pointers.
Lathrop 45, Kimball 37
The Spartans tallied 31 second-half points.
Cierra Jones led Lathrop with 20 points followed by Delicia Higares with nine points and Paula Mora and Deja Andrades with six apiece.
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Krista Harris poured in 32 points for the Timberwolves who never trailed.
Alieen Aleman added 10 points for Sierra and Alissa Tillman five.