With the Sac-Joaquin Sections leading scorer sidelined by an ankle injury, Turlock Christian turned to Natalie Snyder to keeps its Southern League championship hopes alive.
Snyder responded with 21 points as the No. 3 small-school Eagles (23-3, 12-1) held off Mariposa (15-10, 9-4) in the fourth quarter for a 41-36 victory keeping TC tied for first place with Ripon Christian. Mariposas Shea Williams scored 16 points.
RC (19-4, 12-1) maintained its share of first with a 51-27 win over Delhi (15-10, 9-4) , with Teagan Manus scoring 12 points and Mikaela Alger (10 points, eight rebounds) leading the Knights to their eighth win in the last nine games.
RC and TC split their two league games, and RC finishes its regular season Thursday vs. Gustine (3-19, 2-11) and TC hosts Waterford (6-20, 3-10). TC hopes to have Halie Bergman, a junior who was averaging 26.4 points a game before last weeks injury, back for the playoffs.
TC and RC have secured the Nos. 2 and 3 slots in the Division 5 seedings, behind Brookside Christian. With the top four seeds getting first-round byes, because of the 12-team bracket, that means a likely semifinal showdown between TC and RC on a neutral court.
Chelsea Wooten hit three treys and scored 15 points as Denair (9-12, 7-6) topped Gustine 30-16. The Coyotes aggressive play helped shut out Gustine in the third quarter.