WATERFORD -- Kendra Curtis, a 5-foot-9-inch senior and the Stanislaus District's leading rebounder, had her ninth double-double Thursday to lead Waterford High past Denair 67-37 in Southern League play.
Curtis totaled 22 points and 19 rebounds, after coming into the game averaging 12.4 boards a game. She also had seven steals, three assists and four blocks, as the Wildcats (8-11, 6-5) raced to a 28-9 halftime lead.
Teammate Nycole McHenry scored 21 to balance the attack, while guard Mikala Anjos had eight points and three assists. Denair, led by Jessi Cole (16 points), couldn't match the Wildcats' powerful inside game.
"Kendra played fantastic defense and we had a good transition game," Waterford coach Julie Longworth said.
LE GRAND 52, TURLOCK CHR. 48, at Le Grand -- Jennifer Hanson had 16 points and 11 rebounds in helping the No. 4 small-school Bulldogs (14-4, 10-0 SL) top the Eagles (6-4 SL). Miranda Flores scored 14 for Le Grand. Greta Gonzalez had 16 and Bianca Davoodian had 14 for TC, which rallied after trailing 31-20 at the half.
MARIPOSA 40, DELHI 18, at Delhi -- The Grizzlies (9-11, 7-3 SL) dominated inside, as Joree Peracca had 16 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, on their way past the Hawks (2-17, 1-10 SL). Mariposa, battling Turlock Christian for second place, also got 10 points and six rebounds from Jackie Brondolo, while the fast hands of Morgan Foley produced eight steals.
HUGHSON 34, ESCALON 26, at Hughson -- The Huskies (13-6, 6-4 TVL) topped the Cougars (8-13, 3-7) in a physical game with good defense played by both sides. Christie Hobby had 12 rebounds and five steals for Hughson and teammate Abby Thomas nine points and five steals.
RIPON 42, RIPON CHR. 35, at Ripon -- Jessica Blythe (18 points) and the Indians (7-14, 5-5) used a strong run to open the fourth quarter to pull away from the Knights (12-9, 6-4).
Central California Conference
TURLOCK 62, ATWATER 21, at Turlock -- The No. 2 large-school Bulldogs (19-4, 7-1) hit three treys and scored 25 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Falcons (3-15, 1-8). Turlock led 27-13 at halftime, before its 25-5 run made it 52-18.
Point guard Rachel Finnegan scored 12 points, had seven rebounds and kept her teammates involved, as well, finishing with six assists. Samantha Bertomen (15 points), Kayla Schumann and Camille Roberts (11 points) hit the 3-pointers to trigger Turlock's third-quarter run.
PITMAN 49, MERCED 48, at Merced -- There could be a new team atop The Bee's large-school rankings next week, after the Pride (10-13, 5-4) survived a last-second scare to stun the No. 1 Bears (16-6, 7-1). Yessenia Loza (17 points, three 3-pointers) and Tiare Jennings (15 points) led Pitman, which trailed 36-35 after three quarters.
GOLDEN VALLEY 54, LOS BANOS 53, at Los Banos -- Corina Sims scored just two points, but they came at the buzzer in overtime as her basket lifted the Cougars (13-9, 6-3) over the Tigers (11-13, 1-8). Los Banos missed nine free throws in the fourth quarter, and GV took advantage by finishing regulation with a 20-13 run for a 48-48 tie. Porsha Grayson (20 points) helped key the comeback, spoiling a strong outing by Los Banos' Brooke Silva (21 points).
Western Athletic Conference
LIVINGSTON 31, HILMAR 27, at Hilmar -- Nina Garcia scored 10 points and the No. 5 small-school Wolves (17-4, 9-2) parlayed an aggressive defense into a victory over the Yellowjackets (16-5, 8-3), knocking Hilmar out of a three-way tie for first place with Livingston and Patterson (15-10, 9-2). Denise Pulido had nine points, four assists and three steals for Livingston, which split its two previous games with Hilmar.
PATTERSON 43, ORESTIMBA 39, at Newman -- Cassie Coble, a 6-1 sophomore who moved to point guard two weeks ago, scored 14 points and the No. 3 small-school Tigers (13-10, 9-2) overcame a six-point third quarter to slip past the Warriors (7-15, 4-7). Orestimba jumped out to an early lead, with Kady Kirby (14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and Sarah Spaulding (10 points) leading the way, but Patterson rallied to go up 25-18 at halftime.
Orestimba closed to within 42-39 with 45 seconds left and had a chance to tie, but an errant 3-pointer ended that opportunity.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC 38, GUSTINE 35, at Modesto -- Devon Lapenias (10 points) and the Raiders (8-16, 3-8) overcame a sloppy game to beat the Redskins (3-17, 0-11), who received 12 points from Tosha Kimbler and 11 from Veronica Perry.
Modesto Metro Conference
DAVIS 57, JOHANSEN 37, at Johansen -- Five-foot-10-inch freshman forward Michelle Davis scored 17 points and 6-foot senior wing Meghan Devlin had 15 as the Spartans (13-9, 10-1) beat the Vikings (1-20, 0-11) to remain atop the conference. Beyer is a game back of Davis, which used a 19-6 run in the second quarter to take charge.
Carly Koester was a triple-threat for Johansen with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Alexandra Cariker battled Davis inside and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
BEYER 50, DOWNEY 37, at Downey -- Becca Biard scored 10 of her 19 points in the third quarter, sparking a 17-7 spurt that carried the Patriots (10-13, 8-3) past the Knights (5-18, 3-8) and kept them a game behind first-place Davis. Erika Lua had seven points and 10 rebounds for the Knights, who were tied at 21 at halftime.
ENOCHS 47, MODESTO 38, at Modesto -- The upstart Eagles (9-14, 4-7), playing their first varsity season and without a senior, used a 17-11 spurt in the third quarter to stun the third-place Panthers (11-12, 7-4). Enochs' Shanika Blunt had nine points and the Eagles benefited from Modesto's problems at the free-throw line, where the Panthers hit only 12 of 30.
Valley Oak League
EAST UNION 47, CERES 39, at Manteca -- Rachel McDaniel scored 14 points, including two 3-pointers, as the No. 3 large-school Lancers (16-7, 10-0) raced to a 13-3 lead to beat the Bulldogs (9-13, 4-6) for their 23rd consecutive league win. The Lancers made seven 3-pointers, with Ashley Rose (11 points) hitting three, to take advantage of a zone defense.
WESTON RANCH 62, OAKDALE 50, at Oakdale -- Freshman Cassandra Clark (18 points) and senior Raleigh O'Brien (16) combined for 34 points, but it wasn't enough as the Mustangs (5-15, 1-8) fell to the Cougars (9-14, 3-7). Tempest Dawson scored 12 of her 33 points in the first quarter, helping the Cougars to a 19-10 lead.