DUBLIN — Weston Ranch wasn’t at its best, but it was good enough to reach the West Coast Jamboree’s Pearl Division championship game Thursday at Valley Christian.
Despite 26 turnovers and missing three starters, the Cougars were able to fend off St. Helena, 51-43.
“If they had more time they would have beaten us,” Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “The clock literally saved us tonight. I told the girls if we play this bad against Alameda we’re going to get run off the court tomorrow.”
Alameda (7-5) pounded Point Arena 77-17 in the other semifinal. Weston Ranch (6-3), a winner of five straight, will face the Hornets for the division title today at 4:30.
The Cougars started strong, with Justice Stitt scoring nine straight points during an 11-2 run to start the game before lackluster play allowed the Saints to stick around. Stitt finished with 17 points.
Johnson credited junior guard Frannie Pollard for keeping the team afloat in the second half when she registered 13 of her 15 points.
“She pretty much took it over in the second half,” Johnson said. “Without her scoring we would have lost the game.”
LIVERMORE — Down two starters for this West Coast Jamboree Gold Division consolation game at Las Positas College, the Buffaloes (3-7) still had an opportunity to win after staking a 28-19 halftime lead and holding Narbonne (5-3) to just three points in the second quarter.
A multitude of missed layups doomed Manteca in the second half. Trailing by two with less than a minute to go, Manteca forced a turnover to regain possession but threw it away following the inbounds pass.
Sophomore guard Delilah Kimble-Gray and Kemanie Patterson did much of the damage for the Gauchos from Harbor City, scoring 20 and 19 points, respectively. Sydney Fryer led Manteca with 10, and Loretta Kakala had nine.
Manteca squares off with Antelope (5-3) in the seventh-place game at 9 a.m..
Vs. Antelope (5-3), 9 a.m. 7th place at Las Positas College
Ripon 57, Modesto 37
TRACY — The Indians (6-6) ended a five-game slide in the consolation bracket of the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament on Thursday.
They went on a 20-5 surge in the third quarter to bust it open. Reina Sausedo scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the period, adding six rebounds and five steals. Savannah Clark had nine points and four steals. Katie Kaiser chipped in eight points but scored six of them in the third.
Jess Pedretti paced Modesto (1-4) with 10 points. Ripon plays in the 13th-place game at 11:30 this morning against Patterson or Tokay.
East Union 48,
TRACY — Donja Payne was a force for East Union (8-2) in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament. The 6-foot-2 sophomore poured in 25 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks to send the Lancers to the fifth-place game with Trans-Valley League contender Mountain House.
Ruby Daube hit three 3s and finished with 15 points. Tipoff for their tournament finale is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Ripon Christian 23
RIPON — Ripon Christian (5-8) was outscored 18-6 in the final period of the third-place game in the Lady Knights Invitational.
Playing their third game in two days with only six available players, the Knights did not have enough energy to keep up with their Trans-Valley League rival. They made just 3 of 15 free throws and shot 19 percent from the field.
All-tournament selection Kelly Engel scored 10 points to lead RC. Renae Heida added six points and 17 rebounds. Hilmar (7-6) was spearheaded by Hailey Chavez’s 17 points.
Argonaut defeated Bella Vista in the championship game, and Big Valley Christian defeated Fresno Christian for fifth place.
Ripon Christian 55,
RIPON — The Knights dominated in the second half after falling behind 21-20 by halftime.
Ariel Vander Woude had a big game, collecting 21 points to go with 19 rebounds. Sarah Brown chimed in with 13 points. Alexis Hilvers helped control the paint to the tune of 11 points, 16 boards and four blocks.
Ripon Christian wraps up the Ripon Tournament tonight at 5.
Weston Ranch 24,
ANTIOCH — Darnaysha Huff posted 10 posted, six rebounds and two blocks as the Cougars held off their South Stockton rivals in the Black Division of the Antioch Tournament. They face Pittsburg in the consolation finals today at 4:30.
Zabriah Hendrix contributed six points and five steals, while Jennalyn Laminero had five points and five assists.