High School Sports

Girls basketball roundup: Livingston edges Hilmar with 2 seconds left

McKenzie Brown, left, Kaitlyn Brayton and Escalon High couldn't wrestle from Jessica Graham and Modesto Christian on Thursday.  Graham scored 14 points in the Crusaders
McKenzie Brown, left, Kaitlyn Brayton and Escalon High couldn't wrestle from Jessica Graham and Modesto Christian on Thursday. Graham scored 14 points in the Crusaders Modesto Bee

HILMAR -- Livingston and Hilmar high schools showed why their girls basketball teams are co-favorites in the Western Athletic Conference.

They met in a WAC opener Thursday, and it wasn't decided until the final two seconds, when Nina Garcia's basket gave Livingston a 32-31 victory over the No. 4 small-school Yellowjackets.

The Wolves (9-2, 1-0) trailed by five with 1:27 remaining. Garcia missed two 3-pointers, but Olivia Andam (13 points, 14 rebounds) rebounded both and made baskets to pull Livingston within one.

With eight seconds left, the Wolves missed a free throw but regained possession when the ball went out of bounds. Garcia then scored the winner.

"Nina has some crazy move, throws it up and sinks a 2," Livingston assistant coach Suzy Hultgren said. "Clock stands at zero, so we think we finished it, but somehow, they put 1.9 (seconds) back on."

Hilmar (8-3, 0-1) lost the ball out of bounds, and Livingston ran out the clock. "Crazy," Hultgren said.

PATTERSON 54, ORESTIMBA 37, at Newman -- Cassie Coble, a 6-foot-2 guard, connected on three of her four 3-pointers and 11 of her 25 points in the first quarter in leading the Tigers (5-8, 1-0).

"She's difficult for anyone to defend. We couldn't recover after her start," Orestimba (3-9, 0-1) coach Kerry McWilliams said.

Michelle Bancroft added 10 points for Patterson, which led 17-7 after one period. Sarah Spaulding had 13 points for Orestimba and Kady Kirby 11.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 37, GUSTINE 18, at Modesto -- Brooke Reno grabbed 15 rebounds and the Raiders (6-8, 1-0) outscored the Redskins (3-6, 0-1) 24-8 in the second half.

Central California Conference

TURLOCK 63, LOS BANOS 55, at Los Banos -- Samantha Bertomen had 24 points and point guard Rachel Finnegan (14 points) did a nice job of distributing the ball as the top-ranked large-school Bulldogs (14-3, 1-0) beat the No. 5 Tigers (10-6, 0-1).

It was back-and-forth in the second half -- eventually Los Banos had to start fouling and Turlock made clutch free throws down the stretch. Brooke Silva had 25 points for Los Banos.

PITMAN 66, ATWATER 39, at Pitman -- Small forward Katie Staack scored 21 points and point guard Tiare Jennings 20 to lift the Pride (6-8, 1-0) over the Falcons (2-8, 0-1). Jennings had eight rebounds, seven steals and five assists. Staack had five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Pitman led 39-19 at halftime.

GOLDEN VALLEY 60, BUHACH COLONY 49, at Atwater -- Becky Morris had 17 points and Porsha Grayson had 14 as the Cougars (8-8, 1-0) rallied from a 26-21 halftime deficit to beat the Thunder (6-9, 0-1)

Trans-Valley League

RIPON CHR. 46, RIVERBANK 33, at Ripon -- Point guard Kailee Adams had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, and controlled the tempo as the Knights (7-6, 1-1) used a 13-7 third-quarter run to knock off the Bruins (1-10, 0-2). Briana DeVries overwhelmed the Bruins with nine steals.

RIPON 41, HUGHSON 38, at Ripon -- Jessica Blythe (12 points) hit key free throws during a key run for the Indians (3-9, 1-0), and Rachel Rodriguez stepped up defensively to upset the third-ranked small-school Huskies (8-2, 0-1).

Southern League

TURLOCK CHR. 37, MARIPOSA 31, at Mariposa -- Six-foot-2 Greta Gonzalez (15 points, six rebounds, seven blocked shots) scored six fourth-quarter points to lift the Eagles (9-6, 2-1) over the Grizzlies (4-10, 2-10). It was TC's first win in Mariposa "in a real long time," TC coach Edwin Santiago said.

"We've had bad luck in Mariposa, taking that long road trip and then having things go wrong," Santiago said. "Greta, though, made it difficult for Mariposa to score. She controlled the paint."

Erin Santiago (12 points) scored the Eagles' other four fourth-quarter points, and the one-two punch was too much for Mariposa's Morgan Foley (16 points, nine rebounds) to overcome.

LE GRAND 56, WATERFORD 28, at Le Grand -- Jennifer Hansen scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half to help the No. 5 small-school Bulldogs (9-4, 3-0) take a 32-13 halftime lead over the Wildcats (3-7, 1-2).

Hansen, the league MVP last season as a junior, made two of Le Grand's seven 3-pointers and sat for most of the second half. Sophomore Veronica Moreno made three 3-pointers and had 15 points, eight of the Bulldogs' 19 steals and five assists.

DELHI 56, DENAIR 26, at Delhi -- Jeanette Lopez had 30 points to lead the Hawks (2-8, 1-2). She had 11 of Delhi's 15 third-quarter points, was 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and added seven rebounds and three steals. It was the first league win for Delhi, in its second season of Southern League play.

"I can't remember the last time we won by 30," Delhi coach Joy Pressly said. "It's good to be on this side of one of those for once."

Harvest Christian League

BIG VALLEY CHR. 35, LODI ACADEMY 18, at Big Valley Christian -- Brittany Miller (10 points) scored the first six points for the Lions (6-7, 1-0).

Western Athletic Conference Boys

PATTERSON 54, ORESTIMBA 47, at Patterson -- Centers Robert Krager (17 points) and Felix Mapanda (12) ruled the key as the No. 3 small-school Tigers (10-3, 1-0) beat the Warriors (8-3, 0-1). Krager scored eight in the first quarter to help the Tigers go ahead, and a 3-point play by point guard Justin Nuckolls with 50 seconds left clinched it.

Harvest Christian League

BIG VALLEY 64, LODI ACADEMY 20, at Modesto -- Jared Lunsford and Stephen Bryant scored 14 apiece for the Lions (11-3).