The Turlock (7-6) High girls basketball team is making waves through the Amber bracket of the West Coast Jamboree after winning back-to-back games on Monday and Tuesday at Bentley School in Lafayette.
The Bulldogs crippled Hayward High with a stiff defensive game after shutting them down 40-27.
“If you hold your opponents to under 27 points, then you are good, you will win more than you will lose,” said Turlock head coach Mark Musselman, who had seven different players score in the first game. “We played great defense and maintained our intensity for the whole game.”
Hope Salsig led all scorers with 12 points and Jaydon Williams finished with 10.
Turlock met San Lorenzo on Tuesday and after going down early, the Bulldogs went on a deep run to end the half up 24-12 to eventually win it 47-40 and make it into their bracket Championship game on today.
“This is a good win, I told the girls that we found a way to win games now finally after a few bumpy years now… just finding ways to hold on and win,” said Musselman.
With the win, Turlock has now won three straight, and four of its last five contests.
After playing shut down ball on Monday, the ‘Dogs started Tuesday’s contest against San Lorenzo a little differently.
SL went up 9-0 and Musselman called a timeout halfway through the first in an effort to slow down the pace.
It worked and Turlock went off after that, outscoring SL 24-3 coming out of the timeout to end the first half with a 24-12 lead.
The ‘Dogs finished with 7 steals in that 12-minute span alone.
“That run was crazy,” said Musselman. “We just didn’t let them score again halfway through the second and we had a nice run offensively.”
Morgan Nunes hit four of her five threes in that run alone, setting up her team-high of 15 points for the game. She also added 5 rebounds.
Salsig was second with 13 points and Williams finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Sarah Musselman added 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists for the game and the Bulldogs never trailed after being down early, securing their seventh win of the preseason.