STOCKTON — Oakdale High didn't see the St. Mary's starters for long Tuesday night.
The Rams, defending Division 3 state champions and the top seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, led 15-2 over the No. 16 Mustangs when St. Mary's coach Tom Gonsalves went with a fresh five players.
The Rams pulled away to win 109-43 in the first round of the playoffs — though it was Oakdale's second playoff game.
The Mustangs beat Livingston 64-48 Monday in a play-in game.
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Junior Cassandra Clark, who led the Mustangs (19-9) with 27 points in that win, tied with Carley Barton for a team-high 11 points Tuesday.
"We have a deep bench," Gonsalves said. "I think I got 12 people in during the first half or the first quarter."
The points for the Rams were the most they've scored this season, topping the previous high on January 14th in a 104-34 victory over Capital Christian of Sacramento.
Afure Jemerigbe, headed to Cal on scholarship, celebrated her 18th birthday with a 20-point night. She played briefly in the second and third quarters.
St. Mary's went with its typical full-court pressure and trapping as they jumped to a led 25-2 lead. The Rams scored 19 of those points off of 12 Oakdale turnovers.
VALLEJO 98, ATWATER 53, at Vallejo — There was no stopping the No. 3-seeded Apaches (22-6), who scored a whopping 38 points during a frenetic first quarter to run past the Falcons (14-13).
Atwater tried to keep up with 20 in the first quarter, but Vallejo kept running and led 65-33 at halftime. Amber Gutierrez scored 15 and Melanie Valentine 13 for Atwater.
EL CAMINO 77, PATTERSON 43, at Sacramento — The Eagles (22-6) came out firing, hitting five 3-pointers in the first quarter while taking a 25-11 lead over the Tigers (20-8).
It was the final game for the Tigers' senior tandem of Cassie Coble (14 points) and Amber Bond (13).
"We stumble out of the gate, but we made a move to get back into it in the second quarter," Patterson coach Jason McCleery said. "Each time we started to move, though, they'd come back and hit a three, or two of them."
Coble, a four-year starter, had 12 rebounds and six blocks, while Bond scored 11 in the first half.
"Cassie had a couple of threes, and they were trying to deny her most of the night," McCleery said. "I told the girls they won a share of the title, won 20 games. It's a great season for them to remember."
LINDEN 51, VACAVILLE CHR. 43, at Linden — The Lions (20-8) fell behind by 17 points in the first quarter, then started their comeback.
Linden guard Audrianna Solari scored 12, including a pair of treys, and 6-foot-1 sophomore center Kirstyn Champion had 12 points and 17 rebounds.
CHRISTIAN BROS. 71, HUGHSON 28, at Sacramento — The Huskies (11-12) held their own under the boards, but struggled elsewhere as the Falcons' quickness led to 33 turnovers. Madelyn Birchall had 12 rebounds and helped Hughson to a 39-34 rebounding edge.
BEAR RIVER 57, RIPON 36, at Lake of the Pines — Lauren Fedderson turned in one of her top performances, scoring 23 points, but it wasn't enough as the Indians (16-11) fell behind early.
TURLOCK CHR. 72, LUTHERAN 30, at Turlock — The second-seeded Eagles (24-4) opened the playoffs with a bang, rolling to a 25-7 lead after a quarter to advance to Thursday's quarterfinal game. Kaisa Spycher dominated inside with a double-double, getting 18 points and 19 rebounds, while Candice Balswick scored 13 and Molly Farrar had 12 to give the Eagles a balanced attack.
"We were able to get all our players playoff experience today," said coach Edwin Santiago, whose Eagles won for the 14th time in their last 15 games. "Collectively, we played well on both ends of the floor."