Friday night's Central California Conference matchup between Turlock and Merced was not your average game. It was the night of Winter Formal, the game saw blood, and near the end, it got so touchy that a technical was called against Merced after a questionable call.
Pitman High's varsity girls basketball team solidified their second place spot, for now, in the Central California Conference after an exciting turn of events that occurred on Thursday night in Atwater.
The Pitman (13-6 overall, 4-2 CCC) High girls basketball team had an opportunity to redeem their loss to Golden Valley (19-4 overall, 6-0 CCC) from earlier in the year but things didn't pan out the way they expected.
It hasn't been by any standards an even decent start for the Turlock Express, or not one that head coach Art Pulido expected, but with nine games left in the season and the Express just two games from third place in their division, there is no question they are still in the hunt for the playoffs-meaning their year is far from over.
Turlock (6-16 overall, 5-0 CCC) head coach Doug Cornfoot had been patiently waiting for a return of the defensive brand of basketball that was the Bulldogs' calling card and on Friday night they brought it, erasing all doubt about their preseason woes with a big home win over Pitman (11-7 overall, 4-1 CCC) High.