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Girls basketball roundup: Cougars claw out victory

Katelyn Tillet, left Terra Bazan and Buhach Colony couldn't stop Alyssa Wright and Merced on Tuesday night.  The Bears defeated the Thunder 68-28.  Wright scored 10 points in the victory.
Katelyn Tillet, left Terra Bazan and Buhach Colony couldn't stop Alyssa Wright and Merced on Tuesday night. The Bears defeated the Thunder 68-28. Wright scored 10 points in the victory. Merced Sun-Star

MERCED — Surman Purwal saved the day for the Golden Valley High girls basketball team.

With the score tied at 45 and just nine seconds left in overtime, the Cougars (11-9, 3-3 CCC) worked the ball up the floor to Purwal, who hit an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer to give her team a 47-45 victory over Pitman Tuesday night at Golden Valley High.

Tiare Jennings scored 14 in the fourth period to help the Pride (9-13, 4-4) rally from 10-point deficit with five minutes remaining in regulation. Purwal and teammate Porsha Grayson scored 17 points. Jennings tallied 25.

Modesto Metro Conference

DAVIS 56, ENOCHS 31, at Davis — Meghan Devlin had 15 points and 12 rebounds, leading the Spartans (12-9, 9-1) past the Eagles (8-14, 3-7). Teammate Kashi Tomicich had 10 blocked shots as well.

The game was close at halftime, with Davis leading 25-19, but the Spartans switched from a zone to an aggressive man defense that flustered Enochs.

Clairesse DeHart led the Eagles with 10 points.

BEYER 46, JOHANSEN 33, at Johansen — Junior center Becca Biard struggled with foul trouble in the first half, but came back strong to score 15 points in leading the Patriots (9-13, 8-2) past the Vikings (1-20, 0-10).

Beyer also got strong performcens from Suvi Sipila (12 points) and Julie Aiello (10).

Carly Koester had a game-high 16 points for Johansen.

MODESTO 47, DOWNEY 26, at Downey — Vanessa Flores had 12 points to help the Panthers (7-3 MMC) defeat the Knights ( 3-7 MMC). Jessica Hicks had 12 points for Downey.

Valley Oak League

CERES 50, WESTON RANCH 39, at Ceres — Kaylee Brown recorded a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds and shut down Kathy Butler in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs (9-12, 4-5) finally pulled away from the Cougars (7-14, 2-7). Ceres also held Tempest Dawson, the Cougars' leading scorer, to eight points, five under her average.

SONORA 51, MANTECA 46, at Manteca — The Wildcats (16-6, 7-2) finished the third quarter with a 6-0 run, then survived an 8-2 run to begin the fourth period by the Buffaloes (11-11, 4-5) to hang on. Sonora freshman Kelli Keefe made back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter, and Allison Holt led the Wildcats with 11 points. Cassie Gause led Manteca with a game-high 16 points, and freshman Sharon Washington scored 11.

SIERRA 55, CENTRAL VALLEY 36, at Central Valley — Ashley Tugade, Ariel McIntyre and Heather Scharmann all had 13 points as the Timberwolves (8-1 VOL) defeated the Hawks (1-8 VOL). Julie Calderon had 13 points and Phylicia Martinez 13 rebounds for Central Valley.

Harvest Christian League

BIG VALLEY CHRISTIAN 38, STOCKTON CHRISTIAN 28, at Modesto — Megan Palmer scored 10 of her team-high 12 points in the second half as the Lions (9-10, 4-3) pulled away from Stockton Christian. Victoria Nyeberg and Brittany Miller each scored eight points for Big Valley Christian.

Central California Conference

MERCED 68, BUHACH COLONY 28, at Merced — Alyssa Wright got her 18th birthday party going with seven first-quarter points for the Bears (16-5, 7-0 CCC), who had built a 20-8 lead over the Thunder (9-12, 3-5) by the end of that period.

"We played with a lot of intensity and energy in the first quarter and it carried over from there," said Merced coach John Bliss.

Wright, Erika Marmolejo and Dalemesha Hill 10 had 10 points for Merced. Hill had 15 rebounds and Mercedes Lee seven steals.

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