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Modesto climbing while spoiling it for the others

The Modesto High girls basketball team is playing the spoiler role to perfection.

After beating second-place Beyer on Tuesday, the Panthers upset MMC leader Davis 46-40 behind 13 points from Elizabeth Pesaleli on Thursday night at Panther Palace.

Modesto (13-12, 9-4) is now tied for second place in the MMC with Beyer. Despite the loss, Davis (14-10, 11-2) clinched a share of the conference title thanks to Beyer's loss.

"We're finishing well," Modesto coach Pete Peterson said. "Those are two big wins."

Pesaleli scored nine in the second half, when the Panthers rallied.

Michelle Davis led the Spartans with 14 points.

ENOCHS 54, BEYER 49 (OT), at Beyer — Shanika Blunt scored 22 points, leading the Eagles (10-15, 6-7) past the Patriots (10-15, 9-4) in an overtime game. Stephanie Bell added 10 points for Enochs.

Julie Aiello had a big game for Beyer, scoring 19 points while making five 3-pointers.

DOWNEY 40, JOHANSEN 29, at Downey — Jessica Hicks had six steals, many in a second quarter that sparked the Knights (6-19, 4-9) over the Vikings (1-23, 0-13). Many of those steals led to easy buckets for Downey, which outscored its foe 14-2 in that period to lead 18-10 at the half. Hicks also had points and nine rebounds.

Cassandra Calderon scored 12 points for Downey.

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