Man­teca shuts out Ranch in 1st quar­ter

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STOCK­TON — We­ston Ranch did not go away qui­etly af­ter it was shut out in the open­ing quar­ter by Man­teca on Tues­day.

The Cougars were able to cut an early dou­bledigit deficit to two, 28-26, in the third quar­ter, but Man­teca re­gained con­trol with an 8-1 run and raced to a 49-34 vic­tory.

The Buf­faloes (7-3 Val­ley Oak League, 15-8 over­all) car­ried a 10-0 lead af­ter the first quar­ter but was outscored 18-16 in the sec­ond.

“The girls got com­pla­cent,” Man­teca coach Ryan Bono said. “Even though we scored 16, they stopped mov­ing their feet on de­fense and were stand­ing and watch­ing while we gave up of­fen­sive re­bounds and put­backs.”

Layups weren’t al­ways go­ing in for We­ston Ranch (1-9, 4-19), how­ever. The Cougars missed three fast­break layups in the first half and could not get their of­fense back on track fol­low­ing their flurry in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“You can’t win when you’re miss­ing layups,” We­ston Ranch coach Dar­rell John­son said. “We had 16 steals tonight but did not con­vert them to 32 points, and it ended up hurt­ing us.”

Man­teca for­ward Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla was the

only player to fin­ish in dou­ble fig­ures, scor­ing 11 points. The Buf­faloes were bal­anced of­fen­sively. Se­lena Lopez (eight re­bounds), Jayda Jack­son and Marissa Ser­rano con­trib­uted seven points each. Sarah In­der­b­itzin (nine re­bounds) and Kyaira Ja­cobs (five re­bounds, five as­sists) chipped in six apiece.

“Our game plan go­ing in was to get the ball inside, and our guards did a good job of find­ing Rhi­an­non and Sarah in the post,” Bono said.

Nia Bos­ton tal­lied nine points to pace We­ston Ranch. DeArri Ross pitched in eight points, and Jen­na­lyn Laminero and Jus­tice Stitt added seven each.

Lathrop 59, Cen­tral Catholic 38 MODESTO — Mary Cot­ton set the tone for the VOL-lead­ing Spar­tans (10-0, 17-4), scor­ing their first nine points of the game and 11 of her 19 in the open­ing pe­riod. She also fin­ished with nine re­bounds, three blocks and two steals.

Myani Thorn­ton shared game-high hon­ors with

19 points to go with five steals and two blocks. Khiya Thorn­ton and Kay­sey Matela pitched in nine and eight points, re­spec­tively.

Cen­tral Catholic (2-8, 10-12), spear­headed by Jas­mine Kelly’s 11 points, trailed 30-17 half­time, but Lathrop pulled away with a late 12-0 spurt.

“We didn’t re­bound as ag­gres­sively as I would have liked, but over­all it was a good win,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We were able to get de­flec­tions and force turnovers and then push the pace.”

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