Enochs remained within striking distance of McClatchy during the first half, but scored just five points in the second half and fell 69-22 in the opening round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I girls basketball playoffs Tuesday night.
“We attacked inside and drew a lot of fouls early on,” Eagles coach Curtis Reynolds said. “And we beat their press, which shocked them a little. We were able to get off some shots, but they cleaned up on the boards and we didn’t get any second chances.”
Down 20-8 after the first quarter and 34-17 at halftime, Enochs (18-10) expended a lot of energy against the Lions’ press and had nothing left in the tank for the second half.
“Their 2-2-1 is the best press we’ve seen, and it eventually wore us out,” Reynolds said. “We started to get into foul trouble, and then they started hitting their threes. After that, we had to go and guard them outside, and we couldn’t do anything inside anymore.”
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Gigi Garcia, McClatchy’s 6-foot-2 junior forward who has committed to UNLV, outscored the Eagles, finishing with 25 points.
“The final score was ugly, but I think we left an impression on them,” Reynolds said. “I’m proud of the girls. It was a great season.”
St. Mary’s 122, Merced 33 at Stockton – The eight-time defending section champions, ranked No. 5 in the nation by USA Today and No. 2 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports, made 20 three-pointers as they improved to 27-1. Kat Tudor led St. Mary’s with 26 points. Lexi Thompson and Symone Gilliam led Merced (13-11) with eight points apiece.
Modesto Christian 88, McNair 37 at Salida – The top-seeded Crusaders began their quest for another section and state championship with a dominant victory.
Modesto Christian (24-4), which captured section and state titles in Division III last season, advances to play Bethel, a 60-40 winner over Vacaville, on Thursday at the MC gymnasium.
Candice White, the Crusaders’ senior guard who has signed to play at Fresno State, had 27 points, while junior Lailoni Gaines contributed 19. They were joined in double figures by Samantha Johnson, who scored 11.
Antelope 76, Beyer 31 at Antelope – It’s not often you can find a lot of positives in a 45-point loss, but the Patriots did just that.
“We played well, and we game-planned everything correctly,” Beyer coach San Kao said. “But they hit 11 three-pointers … from about 6 feet behind the arc.
“We’ve got all five starters coming back next year, and we’ll have a better bench as well. We got a taste of that playoff environment. Hopefully, we can win a game in the playoffs next year ... step by step.”
Elk Grove 51, Golden Valley 47 in Merced – Madison Wong hit a big three-pointer late, and Ashley Williams sealed the victory with two free throws with 13 seconds left as the No. 10 Thundering Herd knocked off the No. 7 Cougars. Stephanie Moore led Golden Valley (23-4) with 20 points.
Kimball 71, Buhach Colony 25 in Tracy – The Jaguars remained unbeaten at 28-0, sprinting to a 49-12 halftime lead. Vanessa Lopez scored six for the Thunder (15-11).
Placer 57, East Union 49 in Auburn – The Hillgals, who lost to East Union in the opening round in 2014, returned the favor. Olivia Vezaldenos scored 24 for the Lancers, who had won five in a row and eight of nine entering the playoffs. In another D-III playoff game, Inderkum ended Central Valley’s season with a 63-34 win in Sacramento.
Livingston 64, San Juan 47 in Citrus Heights – Illiana Mendoza scored 20 as the No. 9 Wolves (13-8) advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals against top-seeded Brookside Christian. Sharn Sahota added 14 points and Gurpreet Sodhi 12 for Livingston.
Turlock Christian 66, Freedom Christian 26 at Turlock – The Eagles made 28 steals, seven by Megan Marks, en route to a victory.
Hannah Sawyer and Cali Russell scored a game-high 12 points each for Turlock Christian, with all of Sawyer’s points coming from three-point territory on 4-of-10 shooting.
“Our defense was on today,” TC coach Edwin Santiago said. “Our girls were committed to playing defense, and Megan set the pace.”
The Eagles raced to a 17-1 lead and never looked back. Then, for good measure, Turlock Christian outscored Freedom Christian 18-2.
“We didn’t press in the fourth quarter, but we did play man-to-man,” Santiago said. “Our girls stayed committed to playing tough defense, and we were able to score off the transition.”
Additionally, the Eagles forced five shot-clock violations.