High School Sports


Allison Holt, Sonora High, Athlete of the Week
Allison Holt, Sonora High, Athlete of the Week

Large Schools


Sonora basketball

When Ursyla Mueller graduated from Sonora High last spring, it left a potential void in the program. She had been a jack-of-all-trades, and it was unclear who would fill that role.

Allison Holt has stepped into the role, providing scoring, rebounding and defense to maintain the Wildcats' winning ways.

The 5-foot-11-inch senior, who plays the post and the wing, had 16 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a 48-42 win over Weston Ranch. She had 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals when Sonora beat Manteca 52-40.

"Allison is our most consistent post player and can step out and hit the 3," said coach Mike Lewis, whose Wildcats have won three of their last four games. "She is a good athlete ... strong, aggressive, physical with above average jumping ability, and has good hands. She runs the floor very well and consistently beats her defender down the court."



Sierra basketball

With the Timberwolves missing two of their starters, the pressure was on guard Christian Williams and his teammates to make sure their absence didn't result in a loss to Valley Oak League rival Oakdale.

Williams and the Wolves delivered, as he scored 18 points and led Sierra's aggressive, man-to-man defense during a 51-31 win -- the Mustangs were held scoreless in the opening quarter. He had 18 points in a 45-35 win over Central Valley, slashing his way to the basket to account for the majority of his production.

"We played man-to-man defense, bumping chests and denying penetration," said coach Scott Thomason, whose 'Wolves are expected to battle Weston Ranch for the VOL crown. "We've got to learn to play that hard for 32 minutes, though. We had some letdowns."

Sierra faces Weston Ranch on Jan. 18, and the teams play again Feb. 15, the last night of the regular season.


Small Schools


Delhi basketball

Victories have been rare for the Delhi girls basketball program in recent years, but that might change if 5-foot-3-inch junior point guard Jeanette Lopez can duplicate the outing she turned in last week.

She had a career-high 30 points, tying the school record with six 3-pointers, plus had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists in a 56-26 Southern League win over Denair. The Hawks had dropped their previous 26 league games.

"Denair was playing zone, so we were spread out and moving the ball," coach Joy Pressly said. "She knows that if she gets a good look, to take the shot. We were able to move the ball around and get her the ball when she was open and ready to shoot."

Johnson made six of eight 3-point attempts.

"Many teams play us man-to-man, which makes it harder to get shots for her," Pressly said. "When teams key on her we will need her teammates to step up."



Modesto Christian basketball

Ranked among the nation's top 10 junior forwards by Rivals.com and many other recruiting services, the 6-foot-7-inch Crusader added to his reputation by scoring a career-high 52 points, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking five shots in a 98-92 overtime victory over Clovis East.

"Reeves went down inside for his points, and once he gets down low, he's as effective as anyone," said coach Gary Porter, noting Nelson shot 74 percent from the floor. "He jumps extremely well, all well as any big man in the country. His wingspan is bigger than 6-7, more like 6-10."

He also had 26 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in a 96-53 Trans-Valley League win over Escalon.

"Reeves works hard in practice, and he's always trying to add things to his arsenal," Porter said. "His biggest challenge is staying mentally focused. If you watch him play, you see he deserves a top 10 rating in the nation."