Boys basketball: It happens in 3s as Merced tips Turlock

Brett Watson and Summerville couldn't find a way to slip past Cliff Hall, left and Argonaut on Tuesday.
Brett Watson and Summerville couldn't find a way to slip past Cliff Hall, left and Argonaut on Tuesday. Modesto Bee

MERCED -- Turlock High's game plan appeared sound. The Merced girls didn't cooperate.

Five players hit 3-pointers as Merced sank nine total in a 59-53 win in a battle of the two remaining undefeated Central California Conference teams.

"They got really hot," said Bulldogs coach Salinda Mendoza-Mabie, whose team dropped to 3-1 in the CCC. "I don't think they've shot that well from outside in a long time. We wanted to force them to hurt us from outside, and that's what they did."

Alyssa Wright led the barrage with three 3-pointers and 12 points. Mercedes Lee and Erika Marmolejo, who made her first appearance this season, each made two 3-pointers.

The Bears (13-6, 4-0) took control with a 14-4 run to start the second quarter. Lee sparked the run with two 3-pointers to start the quarter.

"I don't know what happened," Lee said. "Once I got hot, my teammates followed."

Merced built the lead as high as 21 points in the third quarter before Turlock rallied late.

"In the first half we shot the ball really well," Merced coach John Bliss said. "Our girls bought into the concept that our defense fuels our offense.

"As long as they keep buying into that concept, we'll be fine."

Southern League boys

MARIPOSA 74, DELHI 45, at Delhi -- Cody Guenthart fueled a 20-7 first quarter with two 3-pointers and went 5 for 5 overall on 3-point tries as the Grizzlies (14-4, 6-0) rolled over the Hawks (3-15, 2-5).

Trans-Valley League

RIPON 56, RIPON CHR. 48, at Ripon -- Matt Ratto's 3-pointer gave the Indians (9-7, 4-0) a four-point lead over the Knights (3-14, 0-5), and Ripon used free throws to hold on. The Indians were 7 for 9 from the line in the fourth quarter. Ripon big man Ryan Alexander grabbed seven rebounds and limited Ripon Christian leading scorer David Vander Schaaf to three points.

MODESTO CHR. 94, RIVERBANK 59, at Modesto Christian -- Reeves Nelson had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Crusaders (10-4, 3-0) over the Bruins (0-3).

HUGHSON 72, ESCALON 36, at Hughson -- David Villareal scored 23 points for the Huskies (12-3, 3-2), who raced to a 23-9 lead over the Cougars (5-11, 2-3) after one quarter. Villareal sank five 3-pointers.

Western Athletic Conference

WATERFORD 64, TURLOCK CHR. 58, at Waterford -- C.J. DeDeaux changed to point guard from forward and helped the Wildcats (9-8, 3-3) take better care of the ball in their win over TC (5-12, 2-4). And Kyle Hopper did a good job on Eagles star Eli Davis, who had 25 points but just two in the fourth quarter. Zack Fowler led Waterford with 22 points.

PATTERSON 47, HILMAR 39, at Patterson -- The Tigers (14-3, 5-0) held the Yellowjackets (3-2) to four baskets in the second half, and Felix Mapanda scored 15 points.

Mother Lode League

ARGONAUT 64, SUMMERVILLE 62, at Summerville -- Cliff Hall scored six of his 15 points in the final quarter as the Mustangs (14-3, 5-0) edged the Bears (13-4, 4-1) to move into first place by a game. Hall had 11 rebounds. Summerville missed six consecutive free throws in the first half and three put-backs in the last two minutes. Dakotah Richter had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, and Dalton Lyons had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

CALAVERAS 40, LINDEN 29, at Calaveras -- Up just 17-15 at the half, the Redskins (6-10, 1-4) outscored the Lions (0-4) 9-2 in the third period. Andrew Graves had 12 points for Calaveras.

Harvest Christian League

CALVARY TEMPLE 50, MILLENNIUM 48 (OT), at Calvary Temple -- Gilbert Moya made two free throws in the final minute of overtime, and the Warriors (6-7, 2-2) beat Millennium (5-6, 1-2).

BIG VALLEY CHR. 73, WILTON CHR. 10, at Big Valley Christian -- Jared Lunsford made four 3-pointers and scored all 16 of his points in the first quarter, and the Lions (14-3, 4-0) held Wilton Christian (0-11, 0-4) scoreless in the second and fourth quarters.

CCC girls

BUHACH COLONY 43, LOS BANOS 33, at Los Banos -- The Thunder (8-12, 2-2) used a 14-7 third quarter to widen its lead over the Tigers (11-9, 1-4). Jessica DeArmon scored a game-high 20 points for Los Banos, which played without Brooke Silva, who sat out because of an injury. Silva averages 17.7 points.

MLL girls

BRET HARTE 52, AMADOR 42, at Bret Harte -- Wendie Canez had 12 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and the Bullfrogs (13-3, 5-0) used a 32-16 blitz in the middle two quarters to pull away from the Buffaloes (5-13, 1-4). Amador's Morgan Ledermann scored a game-high 19.

Valley Oak League girls

MANTECA 57, WESTON RANCH 39, at Manteca -- The Buffaloes (10-8, 3-2) used a 27-13 run in the second half to pull away from the Cougars (6-11, 1-4). Cassie Gause had 14 points and seven assists, Cynthia Perez had 14 points and seven steals, and Marissa Navarro and Courtney Freeman grabbed 10 rebounds each for Manteca.

OAKDALE 55, CENTRAL VALLEY 34, at Oakdale -- Cassandra Clark, Raleigh O'Brien and Alexis Drake combined for 47 points as the Mustangs (5-12, 1-4) beat the Hawks (4-12, 0-4). O'Brien scored 13 of her 16 in the first half and made four 3-pointers. Clark scored all 17 of her points in the second half. Hannah Stanton had five blocked shots and four steals for Oakdale.


TURLOCK 37, BUHACH COLONY 24, at Buhach Colony -- Freshman 152-pounder Justinn Casaday and senior 160-pounder Michael Baxter recorded pins to help the Bulldogs (4-0 CCC) clinch the dual-meet victory over the Thunder (2-2).

Merced Sun-Star contributed to this report.