MERCED -- About midway through the second half, Lakeya Sears made a bold announcement to MC coach Allen Huddleston.
Charged with the duty of guarding the state's leading scorer, Reedley's Katie Williams, Sears pulled her coach aside during a timeout.
"She said, 'Coach, I got her,' " Huddleston said. "I knew she meant it."
Williams, who averages over 28 points a night, scored a game-high 21 -- but only four of those came in the last 10 minutes.
With Reedley's top scorer nullified, MC was finally able to pull away for a 64-56 victory Wednesday night in the Central Valley Conference opener for both teams.
"Guarding her wasn't a big deal, I just needed to take her out of her game," Sears said. "I made her dribble with her left hand."
Don't be surprised if Williams has visions of MC's gold uniforms in her dreams for a few days She had 15 of Reedley's 32 turnovers.
"I told the kids before the game that we couldn't let (Williams) get going and just break down our defense," Huddleston said. "She had the good run to open the second half, but we made good adjustments."
Kenyatta Harper scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils (14-10, 1-0 CVC).
SEQUOIAS 68, COLUMBIA 54, at Sonora -- The Claim Jumpers outscored the Giants after halftime, but had dug themselves too big a hole to climb out of in a flat first half. Devine Bankhead led Columbia (4-17, 0-3 Central Valley Conference) with 16 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Cendro finished with 13 points and three assists.
Bee staff contributed to this report.