Turlock High varsity girls basketball is off to a 5-0 start to the year after the Bulldogs handled the Sonora Wildcats at home on Tuesday night, 64-29.
“We are just working hard in practice. We are trying to get better each and every day,” said Turlock head coach Mark Musselman. “Sonora is down a little bit this year, so they are not the team they have been in the past… we play hard, girls work hard, they never give up, we are just trying to get better and be where we were last year.”
Last year, Turlock went 20-8 and won the Central California Conference with a 10-2 record.
This year, they are trying to best that and after this start they seem to be well on their way.
They have held all five of their first opponents to 46 points or less, including four under 40.
It was the big reason why the ‘Dogs were able to win the Modesto Christian Tournament this past weekend after showcasing their defensive grit.
“We played great defense in the MC tournament,” said Musselman. “We held Davis to 40 points, then Elk Grove to 40 and held Atwater to 46 when they put up almost 70 the night before, so we are playing great defense. We mixed it up a little bit, but the girls played great defense, tonight we got four single digit quarters. I don’t care how down a team is that is an accomplishment.”
Turlock dominated Sonora from the get-go.
It took only a few minutes for Turlock to take a double-digit lead and extend it to 21-9 after the end of the first quarter.
They then went on a 13-9 run to lead 34-18 at the half.
The stingy defense kept it going as they allowed just 11 points for the final two quarters en route to a convincing handling of the Wildcats.
MacKenzie Ussery scored a team-high 15 points. Sarah Musselman and Hope Salsig each added 11 points apiece and Jaydon Williams finished with 10 points.
“We don’t have a selfish player on the team. Nobody cares who scores as long as we score,” said Musselman. “We work to get the best shot… our best shot, not a player best shot, they are not selfish and freely give the ball up and you can see in transition and in half court. They don’t care who takes the shot, whoever has the best shot that is what we will take.”
Turlock will take on Downey in the Patterson Tournament at 3 p.m. Thursday.
“We are in the Patterson tournament out there and we will see some good teams then we have Manteca, they are always good,” Musselman added. “Like I told the girls, this is good but we have to get better. So, we will come in tomorrow and work on some things. Tweak some stuff and get better.”