The Enochs High girls basketball team ran out of steam on Thursday night.
Needing a perfect performance – and maybe a little bit more – the Eagles were thumped by powerful Oak Ridge 64-33 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 tournament.
Ali Bettencourt had 21 points and the second-seeded Trojans (25-4) jumped out to a 36-16 halftime lead to cruise into the semifinals against Pleasant Grove.
The Eagles, seeded seventh, ended their brilliant season at 26-3, leaving the gym at El Dorado Hills with their heads held high.
“Our kids gave it their all and played as hard as they could,” coach Curtis Reynolds said. “We were just overmatched by a very good team.
“We walked out of their gym with no shame in how we played.”
Katie Dylan had nine points and Jenna Pablo had six to lead the Eagles.
Playing in a festive atmosphere before a band, cheerleaders and a nearly full gym, Oak Ridge came out fast, putting pressure on the Eagles and hitting nearly everything in sight.
“They came out on fire,” Reynolds said. “We had opportunities underneath and inside, but couldn’t make a shot. I think because we hadn’t consistently seen that type of pressure, it hurt us in the long run.”
At halftime, Reynolds had a heart-to-heart talk with his team and it seemed to help in the opening minutes. But in the end, the Trojans were too strong.
By the end of the third quarter, Reynolds began subbing his seniors with younger players to give them the playoff experience he hopes they can use next season.
“We were proud of the kids and how they represented the (Modesto Metro Conference),” Reynolds said. “We didn’t embarrass ourselves.
“We’ll celebrate how far we’ve come. Our eye is on getting to that third round next year.”
Turlock Christian 52, Sacramento Adventist 38 – Cassie Balswick had 12 points, Lauryn McIntire 11 and Victoria Vieira added 10 to lead the Eagles past Sacramento Adventist and into the Division VI title game.
Turlock Christian will play Valley Christian, a 70-48 winner over Victory Christian, on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Galt High School.
Valley Christian beat Turlock Christian 59-47 on Dec. 26 in the Monte Vista Christian Tournament.
“They’re a very good team, but it’s not an impossible task,” TC coach Edwin Santiago said. “They’ll be a different team than we played today. They’re fast. (Sacramento Adventist) was tall. So, it will be speed versus speed.”
On Thursday against the second-seeded Capitals of Carmichael, the Eagles overcame a four-point first quarter deficit to lead at halftime 23-20. The opened the lead to 38-32 before Sacarmento closed to within 40-37.
However, Vieira hit a clutch 3-pointer with about four minutes left to provide the third-seeded Eagles with a somewhat comfortable cushion.
Ripon Christian 51, Sacramento-Waldorf 27 – The Knights (22-3) advanced to Wednesday’s semifinals at Galt High School, where they’ll meet second-seeded Capital Christian, a 72-24 winner over Gustine.
The Knights have record 23- and 26-point victories over Gustine in going unbeaten in the Southern League.
Pirates rolling – Kyle Head, playing in one of the tournament's final groups, turned in a 79 that proved instrumental in the Pirates’ edging Sierra by one stroke to win a five-team non-league competition at Ancil Hoffman in Carmichael. MJC shot 386 and was led by A.J. Borges with an even par 72 and Ryan Jones a 76. The Pirates have won three of their last four tournaments.
MJC falls – Fresno (5-5) scored all the runs it needed during the first two innings to beat Modesto 5-1 on the Rams’ diamond. The Pirates (3-7) totaled eight hits but managed only the single run driven in by Leah Layman. Madalyn Adams and Layman had two hits apiece. MJC catcher Jenae Koski left the game in the third inning after she was struck in the chin by a foul ball. The cut required five stitches to close.