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Junior solid for Turlock

TURLOCK -- It could be quite awhile before Rachel Finnegan puts together a pair of performances that will top this week.

After hitting the winning free throws to top crosstown rival Pitman two days earlier, the junior point guard produced a triple-double Thursday to lead Turlock High past Los Banos 58-37 in the Central California Conference.

Finnegan finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assist, and coach Salinda Mabie said it was the first triple-double she could recall in her five seasons with the Bulldogs.

The No. 2-ranked large-school Bulldogs (18-4, 6-1) led 30-19 at halftime, and the Tigers (11-11, 1-6) were never able to recover.

"I was worried we'd come out flat after such an emotional win (Tuesday)," Mabie said. "But we came out with a lot of energy early and gave a balanced effort."

Samantha Bertomen scored 11 of her 19 points in the first half, and the Bulldogs committed only 10 turnovers.

PITMAN 43, ATWATER 41, at Atwater -- Katie Staack (20 points) and Tiarre Jennings (16) combined for 36 points and the Pride (9-12, 4-3) held off a fourth-quarter rally to top the Falcons (3-15, 0-7). Alex Jennings and Manhsio Saephanh, who scored 14 points each, sparked the comeback bid.

Modesto Metro Conference

BEYER 48, ENOCHS 33, at Enochs -- The Patriots (8-12, 7-1) took an 11-1 lead over the Eagles (7-13, 2-6), and Beyer's starters were 18 of 20 at the free-throw line. Beyer was 20 of 24 at the line. Brittany Jackson scored a game-high 13 points for the Patriots. Shanika Blunt grabbed 12 rebounds for Enochs, and Jalissa Freeman had six steals.

DOWNEY 48, JOHANSEN 33, at Johansen -- Cassandra Calderon scored 21 points and the Knights (5-15, 3-5) were 8 for 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to pull away from the Vikings (1-18, 0-8).

Western Athletic Conference

PATTERSON 48, LIVINGSTON 39, at Patterson -- The Tigers (11-10, 7-2) erased a five-point deficit by outscoring the No. 5 small-school Wolves (15-4, 7-2) 26-12 in the fourth quarter, going 13 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Livingston wasn't in the bonus, and Patterson was in the double bonus -- two shots each time -- with about 1:30 left. Livingston's Nina Garcia (17 points) hit three of her four 3-pointers in the final 90 seconds. She also had four steals and three assists, while Olivia Andam grabbed nine rebounds for the Wolves.

The season series is tied at 1-1, with one more meeting to come.

"The beauty of the WAC is that we all meet again," Livingston assistant coach Suzy Hultgren said. "It's so exciting when you play everybody three times."

Patterson's Cassie Coble was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, when the Wolves were forced to foul to try and cut their deficit, and she finished with 15 rebounds.

HILMAR 31, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 17, at Modesto -- The No. 3 small-school Yellowjackets (15-3, 8-1) relied on their defense to dispatch the Raiders (7-15, 2-7) and get sole possession of first place.

ORESTIMBA 44, GUSTINE 37, at Gustine -- Kady Kirby (15 points) hit three free throws down the stretch and Sarah Spaulding (17 points) hit a clutch 3-pointer to lead the Warriors (7-13, 3-6) past the Redskins (3-15, 0-9). Kirby and Spaulding combined for Orestimba's 10 fourth-quarter points. Ashley Palomino (12 points) and Veronica Perry (10) kept the Redskins close to their West Side rival.

Southern League

MARIPOSA at LE GRAND -- A snowstorm kept the Grizzlies (7-12, 5-3) from visiting the Bulldogs (12-4, 8-0).

TURLOCK CHR. 43, DENAIR 25, at Denair -- Erin Santiago (18 points, 10 rebounds) went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, sparking a 17-5 run that lifted the Eagles (13-8, 6-3) over the Coyotes (4-18, 1-8) and kept TC in second place. The Eagles led 24-20 after three quarters, but five different Eagles scored in the final period.

Jessi Cole (11 points) kept Denair close, but eventually fouled out after hitting two 3-pointers.

WATERFORD 48, DELHI 29, at Delhi -- Nicole McHenry (14 points, 18 rebounds) and Kendra Curtis (11 points, 18 rebounds) allowed the Wildcats (7-10, 5-4) to dominate inside on their way past the Hawks (2-15, 1-8). Mikaya Anjos scored 11 for Waterford, which led 26-5 at halftime.

Valley Oak League

EAST UNION 48, CENTRAL VALLEY 32, at Manteca -- Stephanie Swift scored 14 points, hitting six of nine from the floor and both free throws, and Rachel McDaniel (11 points, eight rebounds) played tough inside to lead No. 3 large-school EU (13-7, 8-0) over the Hawks (5-15, 1-7).

SONORA 81, WESTON RANCH 37, at Sonora -- Five players scored in double figures as the No. 5 large-school Wildcats (15-6, 6-2) pounded the Cougars (5-13, 2-6) to remain in third place. Adrianne LeBlanc and Kelli Keefe had 12 points and two 3-pointers each for Sonora, which scored 26 in the second quarter for a 40-17 lead.

MANTECA 55, CERES 39, at Manteca -- Freshman Sharon Washington celebrated her first varsity start with 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals as the Buffaloes (11-10, 4-4) beat the Bulldogs (8-12, 3-5). Teammate Marissa Navarro had 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, as the Buffs used a 15-2 second quarter for a 35-16 lead.

Trans-Valley League boys

MODESTO CHR. 65, HUGHSON 58, at Hughson -- UCLA-commit Reeves Nelson scored 26 points, but the top-ranked small-school Crusaders (12-4, 6-0) struggled before putting away the Huskies (14-4, 5-3). Dabrail Henton scored 15 to help compensate for the absence of guard D.J. Seeley, who was out with an ankle injury.

Kenny Sullivan (19 points) and David Villareal (14 points) helped Hughson stay within 25-23 at halftime, but the Crusaders struck for 25 in the third period to extend their lead.

RIPON CHR. 52, ESCALON 46, at Ripon -- Casey Rhoda went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 23 seconds and the Knights (4-16, 1-7) held on to beat the Cougars (5-14, 2-5) for their first league win. RC led by 10 with 1:11 left, but Escalon -- behind Amando Becerra (16 points) and Spencer Franceschetti (12 points) -- cut the lead to three with 23 seconds left.

RIPON 60, RIVERBANK 47, at Ripon -- Efren Sifuentes scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half as the No. 5 small-school Indians (12-7, 7-0) beat the Bruins (6-15, 2-6).

Wrestling

LOS BANOS 53, PITMAN 23, at Los Banos -- Heavyweight Andrew VanderPoel raised his record to 31-0, with 28 falls, by pinning James Kirby in 1:34 to lead the Tigers (3-2) past the Pride (2-4) in CCC action. Seven of Los Banos' eight seniors won on Senior Night.

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