Modesto JC women net upset

SANTA ROSA -- Coach Mike Girardi called it "the biggest road win I've ever been involved in."

His Modesto Junior College women's basketball team upset Santa Rosa Junior College 59-54 Friday in a Big 8 Conference matchup.

The Bear Cubs (15-6, 1-1) are ranked No. 4 in NorCal; Modesto (12-7, 1-1) is No. 10.

In the second half Modesto outscored the hosts 41-31. Down the stretch, Kacey Ball made two free throws and Sughey Cervantes three free throws -- those were the last points in the last minute and iced the win.

"Our players just played their hearts out," Girardi said. "This is a huge, huge win."

Cervantes finished with 19 points, Ursyla Mueller 13 and Ball 11. Connie Gomes had 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Lisa Muzio had 19 points for Santa Rosa.

LASSEN 55, MERCED 48, at Merced -- Kenyatta Harper scored 14 points for the Blue Devils, but Merced couldn't contain Jessica Nolan, a 5-foot-11 freshman from Australia who finished with 35 points.

"We knew coming in that she was their best post player," Merced College coach Allen Huddleston said. "Our defensive rotation was very poor tonight.

"We worked on stopping her in practice, but we didn't execute it in the game."

MC forced 20 turnovers -- including 14 steals -- but failed to convert enough of them into points.

Junior College Men's Basketball

SANTA ROSA 74, MJC 62, at Santa Rosa -- Conference play has not started well for the Pirates. Modesto (11-7, 0-2 Big 8) dropped its second game this week as Darius Foster burned it for 23 points and Drew Menez added 16.

MJC's Marvin Jefferson scored most of his 25 points in the second half and led with 10 rebounds. Chris Teevan scored 15 points, had 11 of the Pirates' 16 assists and grabbed nine rebounds.

High School Girls Basketball

LINDEN 76, SUMMERVILLE 56, at Summerville -- The Lions (10-5, 2-1 Mother Lode League) made five of their 11 3-pointers during a 29-12 barrage in the third quarter that extended their lead over the Bears (4-8, 0-4 MLL) to 61-41. Jordan Baca scored a game-high 26 points for Linden.

High School Wrestling

BIG VALLEY CLASSIC, at Stockton Arena -- Central Catholic had seven wrestlers advance to today's semifinals in the inaugural Big Valley Classic to take a 28-point lead in the team race over Ponderosa of Shingle Springs. Central Catholic leads Ponderosa 178-150.5. Golden Valley, with four semifinalists, is in third place with 145 points.

Today's semifinals are scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m., with the finals to go at about 3 p.m.

Two of the state's top three ranked wrestlers at 189 pounds cold face off in today's finals. State No. 1 Louis Bland of Central Catholic ripped through his side of the bracket. He'll face Waterford's Jeff Moran in this morning's semi. Granite Bay's Ryan Loder had a similarly easy time through his half of the bracket. He'll see West's Alvaro Tellez.

Turlock is in fourth place with 138.5 points, and De La Salle of Concord is fifth with 136.5.

Merced Sun-Star contributed to this report.