One night after having its way with Summerville, Sierra struggled on both ends of the court in a 54-43 loss to visiting Livingston on Thursday.
Both teams are now 1-1.
Livingston center Iliana Mendoza tallied a game-high 15 points, and it was the Wolves’ hustle on the glass that made the difference. Much of their offense came off of put-backs, and they were able to convert on four conventional three-point plays.
“They killed us on the boards,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We had a hard time finding bodies and boxing out. They out-hustled us overall.”
The Timberwolves led 12-9 after the first quarter but were outscored in each of the next three. Livingston pulled away with a 27-17 advantage in the second half.
Devi Coglio paced Sierra with 13 points, while Megan Westfall chimed in with 10.
“The good thing is that this happened early in the season and we can build on it while we still have time,” Spivey said.
Sierra heads to Ripon Christian next Tuesday.
Ripon Christian 44,
ESCALON — It was 27-20 after three quarters before Ripon Christian (1-1) finished with a big run to secure its first win of the season.
Jessica Van Vliet led the way with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jessica Orozco recorded 10 points to go with eight boards. The Knights take on the Johansen-Big Valley winner tonight for the consolation championship of the 39th annual Escalon Lions Club Tournament.
Salesian 77, Manteca 22
DAVIS — The Buffaloes (0-2) had a tough first-round draw to start the 43rd annual Dorothy Speck Tournament on Thursday.
Manteca’s Elizabeth Tolbert scored the game’s first two points with free throws, but offense was hard to come by for the rest of the night as the defending North Coast Section Division IV champion Pride (2-0) of Richmond cruised to an emphatic win.
With USC commit Minyon Moore leading the way, Salesian shot out to leads of 32-2 and 59-5 after the first two periods. Moore poured in 24 of her 28 points in the first half.
Rubel Dehal scored 10 points to space Manteca, which takes on Ukiah (0-2) at 5 tonight.
Ripon Christian 23,
ESCALON — Renae Heida had seven points and five rebounds as the Knights rolled in a defensive battle.
Megan Bos contributed six points, and Reilly Veneman had pulled down six rebounds. Ripon Christian faces Johansen at 5 today in the consolation finals. The Knights lost to Central Catholic 22-20 to start the Escalon Lions Club Tournament on Wednesday.