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Turlock title first since '82

Casey Kelly, left, and Merced drove past Manhsio Saephanh and Atwater on Tuesday night.  Kelly scored 11 points in the bears' 62-51 victory over the Falcons.
Casey Kelly, left, and Merced drove past Manhsio Saephanh and Atwater on Tuesday night. Kelly scored 11 points in the bears' 62-51 victory over the Falcons. Merced Sun-Star

The drought is over for the Turlock High girls basketball program, which beat Buhach Colony 51-28 Tuesday to earn its first conference crown since 1982.

Turlock (22-4, 10-2), The Bee's top-ranked large school, rolled to a 30-18 halftime lead as the Thunder (10-14, 4-7) was unable to hit over the top of the 2-3 zone.

Junior point guard Rachel Finnegan scored 14 and worked hard in the key as she finished with 11 rebounds, while forward Samantha Bertomen scored 15.

The Bulldogs — the No. 3 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I power ratings prior to the win — can secure an outright Central California Conference title by beating rival Pitman Thursday night at Turlock High.

PITMAN 48, LOS BANOS 38, at Turlock — Tiare Jennings' 22 points and 10 rebounds helped the Pride (12-12, 7-4) beat the Tigers (11-15, 1-10).

MERCED 52, ATWATER 41, at Merced — Dalemesha Hill had 11 points and 13 rebounds as the No. 2 large-school Bears (18-7, 9-2) beat the Falcons (3-17, 1-10).

Valley Oak League

EAST UNION 60, WESTON RANCH 24, at East Union — The Lancers (18-8, 12-1) used a 24-1 third-quarter blitz to rout the Cougars (9-16, 4-9) and clinch a share of their second straight VOL title and third in four years.

"The third quarter, I'm almost positive, was our quarter of the year," coach Jim Agostini said.

East Union went to its press to start the third quarter, and the result was turnovers and layups.

EU shut out Weston Ranch leading scorer Tempest Dawson.

OAKDALE 35, CERES 30, at Oakdale — Cassandra Clark hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to put the Mustangs (7-18, 3-10) up by five in their win over the Bulldogs (9-16, 4-9). She finished with 10 points to lead Oakdale and Raleigh O'Brien had nine points and 12 rebounds.

SONORA 50, CENTRAL VALLEY 29, at Central Valley — Ali Chabot had 13 points as the Wildcats (20-6, 22-1) defeated the Hawks (6-19, 2-11).

Modesto Metro Conference

ENOCHS 49, DOWNEY 35, at Enochs — Shanika Blunt had eight points and 16 rebounds for the Eagles (12-14, 7-7), who led the entire game en route to their fourth win in a row.

MODESTO 51, JOHANSEN 24, at Modesto — Isabel Santana scored 12 points as the Panthers (14-12, 10-4) rolled past the Vikings (1-24, 0-14), but the Panthers' title and playoff hopes ended because Davis won at Beyer.

Southern League

WATERFORD 45, DELHI 17, at Waterford — Nycole McHenry had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and teammate Kendra Curtis had 23 rebounds to help the Wildcats (10-12, 7-7) defeat the Hawks (2-20, 1-13).

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