Meghan Devlin has always been a physical defender who enjoyed swatting away shots, though her enthusiasm would occasionally land the 6-footer in early foul trouble.
"She didn't understand fully the correct technique for blocking shots," coach Joe Ovalle said. "But over the summer and during the preseason she improved her technique, and along with Kashi Tomacich they have controlled the paint often this season."
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Devlin's ability to deter foes from attacking the basket has Davis atop the Modesto Metro Conference. She averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in last week's two wins.
"If an opponent is shooting well, she will ask to defend that player and shut them down," Ovalle said. "She has played bruised, hurt, dead-tired. ... She will overcome almost any physical adversity. More importantly, (she) understands all aspects of the game."
Curtis Duncan knew his Sonora High wrestling team was going to be good this season. He was hoping the Wildcats would be good enough to get one more chance at a Sac-Joaquin Section team title.
Last Saturday, that's just what they did, beating Placer and then archrival Oakdale in the championship of the section Division IV team duals tournament. Duncan, ranked No. 7 in the section according to The California Wrestler magazine, won both of his matches handily.
"It was great to win the team title," said Duncan on Saturday at Rosemont High in Sacramento. "But it was better to beat Oakdale in the final. It showed that our league (the Valley Oak League) is the toughest Division IV league around. Plus, Oakdale had a full team this time and we still beat them. We came together."
Duncan's postseason begins this weekend with the VOL tournament, the first step toward the state meet.
Modesto Christian basketball
Brandi Henton was "thrown into the ocean" last season, said coach Robb Spencer, as a freshman point guard entering a program that was legendary for its high standards.
"You can hear about our difficult practices, tough schedule and high expectations, but until you come and get a taste of it, you don't know what you're in for," Spencer said.
Henton was introduced gradually into tense game situations — the benefit of being behind two senior point guards — but this year the sophomore was put in charge of the offense.
The 5-foot-7-inch Henton has responded by leading the Crusaders to a 21-3 record, and she averaged 14.6 points, six rebounds, five steals and three assists in three TVL victories that clinched the league crown.
"She's much more mature than a year ago," Spencer said. "Her ballhandling and shooting are better than a year ago, and those are important for a point guard."
Jordan Logan has been a steady performer for Waterford High, but the senior raised his game a few notches last week. He scored a total of 59 points in two games — he is averaging 18.4 points a game — to keep the Wildcats in the hunt for a Sac-Joaquin Section playoff berth.
Logan had 30 points, nine rebounds and four assists in an 82-65 loss to Mariposa, and 29 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and nine rebounds to help beat Turlock Christian 72-57.
"Jordan hit 14 3s in the two games, but this is only one part of his unique game," coach Tom Marchy said. "He has the ability to drive the hoop and is willing to distribute the ball. He has the ability to score anywhere on the court, making it difficult to guard him."
Logan, shooting 84.3 percent from the free-throw line and 47 percent from the floor, is also averaging six rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.