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Girls basketball: Spartans' free throws help seal MMC win

Samantha Bertomen drives past Golden Valley's Shannon McMillin during Turlock High's 53-47 Central California conference victory Thursday.  Bertomen finished with 16 points in the game.
Samantha Bertomen drives past Golden Valley's Shannon McMillin during Turlock High's 53-47 Central California conference victory Thursday. Bertomen finished with 16 points in the game. Modesto Bee

With one quarter remaining in its battle with Modesto Metro Conference leader Beyer High, Davis trailed by three. So Spartans coach Joe Ovalle told his girls to make something happen.

They did, making 12 of 16 free throws in the final five minutes in a 45-36 victory over the Patriots on Thursday night at Davis.

Davis (6-10, 3-1), Beyer (4-12, 3-1) and Modesto (7-10, 3-1) are now tied for first place.

Meghan Devlin scored 13 of her game-high 20 points in the first half to help Davis keep pace, and then it scored from the line down the stretch.

"We started taking it to the basket in the fourth," Ovalle said. "And we made our free throws."

Becca Biard led Beyer with nine points, followed by eight from Julie Aiello.

  • MODESTO 60, JOHANSEN 26, at Johansen -- Elisabeth Pesaleli (13 points) and Vanessa Flores (10) combined for 23 points and the Panthers (7-10, 3-1) raced to a 25-8 halftime lead on their way past the Vikings (1-14, 0-4). The Panthers used their pressure defense to force Johansen into turnovers, then converted the errant passes into buckets on the other end.
  • DOWNEY 38, ENOCHS 37, at Enochs -- Erika Lua made a 3-pointer in the final seconds to give the Knights (4-12, 2-2) a victory over the Eagles (5-10, 1-3). Lua had a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Enochs committed 39 turnovers. Shanika Blunt grabbed 10 rebounds for the Eagles.Central California Conference
    • TURLOCK 53, GOLDEN VALLEY 47, at Turlock -- Porsha Grayson scored 11 of her 14 points in the first half for the Cougars (9-10, 2-2), but the top-ranked large-school Bulldogs (15-3, 3-0) switched to a 1-3-1 defense in the third quarter and held her scoreless en route to a 42-32 lead. Rachel Finnegan had 16 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and five of Turlock's 16 steals.
  • BUHACH COLONY 49, PITMAN 45, at Turlock -- Cassie Kalapsa (15 points) and Aly Gleason (10) hit two 3-pointers apiece and the Thunder (7-10, 1-2) broke a fourth-quarter tie to surprise the Pride (7-11, 2-2). The game was tied at 36 going into the fourth quarter, and the Thunder took advantage of their rebounding and inside game to pull ahead.
  • Katie Staack (16 points) and Tiare Jennings (11) helped keep the Pride close through three quarters, but a nine-point fourth quarter for Pitman sealed the outcome.

  • MERCED 67, LOS BANOS 38, at Merced -- Alyssa Wright (16 points) had four 3-pointers and Raschel Blackwell scored 15 points to balance the attack, as the No. 2 large-school Bears (11-6, 3-0) raced past the Tigers (11-8, 1-3). The Bears led 37-22 at halftime, and Brooke Silva (22 points) was unable to rally Los Banos.
  • Western Athletic Conference

  • ORESTIMBA 73, GUSTINE 35, at Newman -- Point guard Kady Kirby played a decisive battle in this showdown between West Side rivals, with 19 points, 15 rebounds, four assist and four steals as the Warriors (4-11, 1-3) topped the Redskins (4-10, 0-4). The Warriors, who snapped a six-game losing streak, rolled to a 34-18 halftime lead with Kirby getting plenty of help from Samantha Huerta (14 points).
  • HILMAR 29, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 27, at Central Catholic -- The No. 4 small-school Yellowjackets (11-3, 3-1) outscored the Raiders (6-11, 1-3) 18-1 in the second quarter. Central Catholic committed just eight turnovers, but most of them came in the second period. The Raiders then held Hilmar to six points in the second half. Brittany Storer grabbed nine rebounds for Central Catholic.
  • Valley Oak League

  • SONORA 59, CENTRAL VALLEY 14, at Sonora -- Guard Adrianne LeBlanc had 19 points, hitting three 3-pointers in the third quarter, and grabbed five rebounds to lead the No. 5 large-school Wildcats (12-5, 3-1) past the Hawks (4-11, 0-4). LeBlanc, who had seven treys in Tuesday's loss to East Union, was 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the first quarter to help Sonora to a 16-0 lead. Teammate Kelli Keefe also hit three 3-pointers, and the Wildcats hit seven from behind the arc.
  • SIERRA 58, MANTECA 44, at Manteca -- Ashley Tugade scored 13 of her 14 points in the second half as the No. 3 large-school Timberwolves (10-1, 4-0) rallied past the crosstown rival Buffaloes (9-8, 2-2). Sierra trailed 26-20 at halftime, but shifted to a zone defense and held Manteca to 18 points in the second half. Manteca's Cassie Gause scored 23, including most of the Buffaloes' points in the second half.
  • EAST UNION 53, WESTON RANCH 50, at Stockton -- The No. 4 large-school Lancers (10-7, 3-0) trailed by a point with 20 seconds remaining, but Stephanie Swift hit two free throws to lift them over the Cougars (6-9, 1-3). Tempest Dawson (23 points, 15 rebounds) helped the Cougars rally in the fourth quarter, after entering the period down 44-28.
  • CERES 54, OAKDALE 17, at Ceres -- With the Mustangs (4-12, 0-4) missing three starters, and the other two playing with the flu, the Bulldogs (6-8, 2-2) went on a 20-5 run in the second quarter. Jode Johnson scored 13 for Ceres, which led 38-14 after three quarters.
  • Southern League

    • LE GRAND 61, DELHI 24, at Delhi -- Jennifer Hansen scored 18 points and Presley Ringheish 14 as the No. 5 small-school Bulldogs (11-4, 5-0) beat the Hawks (2-11, 1-4). Le Grand's Veronica Moreno scored eight of her 12 points in the second quarter as Le Grand outscored Delhi 18-3.
  • TURLOCK CHRISTIAN 39, WATERFORD 34, at Waterford -- Erin Santiago scored 18 points, all of those points coming on six 3-pointers, as the Eagles (11-6, 4-1) held off the Wildcats (4-8, 2-3).
  • Waterford controlled the inside, thanks to Kendra Curtis (15 points) and Nicole McHenry (seven points). But Santiago and Amy Wright (seven points, 12 rebounds) saved the day for TC.

    Trans-Valley League

    MODESTO CHR. 80, RIPON 25, at Salida -- Jessica Graham (16 points, eight rebounds) led four players in double figures as the Crusaders (14-2, 5-0) -- The Bee's top-ranked small-school -- rolled over the Indians (5-12, 2-2). Graham and Stephanie Agostini (13 points, five assists, four steals) combined for 22 points in the first half, helping MC to a 44-15 lead.

    MC's Taryn Garza (15 points) picked up three quick fouls and missed much of the first half, but her absence allowed 6-foot sophomore Lauren Lucchesi to go inside for 10 points.

    HUGHSON 35, RIPON CHR. 29, at Hughson -- Abby Thomas (13 points, five rebounds) and Christie Hobby (10 rebounds, six steals) led the way as the Huskies (9-4, 2-2) beat the Knights (8-7, 2-2) in a physical game. The Huskies would have had an easier time, but they hit only 11 of 27 free throws.

    ESCALON 49, RIVERBANK 38, at Riverbank -- Katie Kaech scored 15 points and the Cougars (7-8, 2-2) used a 30-18 scoring edge in the second half to top the Bruins (1-12, 0-5), despite Jennifer Manriquez's 14 points.

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