Manteca shuts out Ranch in 1st quarter
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.”