HILMAR -- Livingston and Hilmar high schools showed why their girls basketball teams are co-favorites in the Western Athletic Conference.
They met in a WAC opener Thursday, and it wasn't decided until the final two seconds, when Nina Garcia's basket gave Livingston a 32-31 victory over the No. 4 small-school Yellowjackets.
The Wolves (9-2, 1-0) trailed by five with 1:27 remaining. Garcia missed two 3-pointers, but Olivia Andam (13 points, 14 rebounds) rebounded both and made baskets to pull Livingston within one.
With eight seconds left, the Wolves missed a free throw but regained possession when the ball went out of bounds. Garcia then scored the winner.
"Nina has some crazy move, throws it up and sinks a 2," Livingston assistant coach Suzy Hultgren said. "Clock stands at zero, so we think we finished it, but somehow, they put 1.9 (seconds) back on."
Hilmar (8-3, 0-1) lost the ball out of bounds, and Livingston ran out the clock. "Crazy," Hultgren said.
"She's difficult for anyone to defend. We couldn't recover after her start," Orestimba (3-9, 0-1) coach Kerry McWilliams said.
Michelle Bancroft added 10 points for Patterson, which led 17-7 after one period. Sarah Spaulding had 13 points for Orestimba and Kady Kirby 11.
Central California Conference
It was back-and-forth in the second half -- eventually Los Banos had to start fouling and Turlock made clutch free throws down the stretch. Brooke Silva had 25 points for Los Banos.
Pitman led 39-19 at halftime.
"We've had bad luck in Mariposa, taking that long road trip and then having things go wrong," Santiago said. "Greta, though, made it difficult for Mariposa to score. She controlled the paint."
Erin Santiago (12 points) scored the Eagles' other four fourth-quarter points, and the one-two punch was too much for Mariposa's Morgan Foley (16 points, nine rebounds) to overcome.
Hansen, the league MVP last season as a junior, made two of Le Grand's seven 3-pointers and sat for most of the second half. Sophomore Veronica Moreno made three 3-pointers and had 15 points, eight of the Bulldogs' 19 steals and five assists.
"I can't remember the last time we won by 30," Delhi coach Joy Pressly said. "It's good to be on this side of one of those for once."
Harvest Christian League
BIG VALLEY CHR. 35, LODI ACADEMY 18, at Big Valley Christian -- Brittany Miller (10 points) scored the first six points for the Lions (6-7, 1-0).
Western Athletic Conference Boys
PATTERSON 54, ORESTIMBA 47, at Patterson -- Centers Robert Krager (17 points) and Felix Mapanda (12) ruled the key as the No. 3 small-school Tigers (10-3, 1-0) beat the Warriors (8-3, 0-1). Krager scored eight in the first quarter to help the Tigers go ahead, and a 3-point play by point guard Justin Nuckolls with 50 seconds left clinched it.
Harvest Christian League
BIG VALLEY 64, LODI ACADEMY 20, at Modesto -- Jared Lunsford and Stephen Bryant scored 14 apiece for the Lions (11-3).