Jada Washington, Jaydon Williams and Hope Salsig set the pace for the Turlock Bulldogs in their 67-37 win over the Atwater Falcons on Tuesday night from home.
It started with limiting turnovers and scoring in transition.
The 5-foot-11 Washington led the team with 18 points, the 6-foot Williams had 10, while Salsig scored 14 and the ‘Dogs used their consistent defensive pressure to get things clicking on all cylinders.
“I just thought we moved the ball really well offensively and we found the people that were open,” said Turlock Head Coach Mark Musselman. “Everyone was unselfish tonight and gave the ball freely and we hit the open people. We took the shots they gave us.”
In their previous six games, Turlock had committed 17 or more turnovers.
This time, that number was reduced to under double-digits.
“We averaged I think about 24 turnovers in three games… just poor decision making,” said Musselman. “Tonight, we made better decisions and took care of the ball. We were more relaxed tonight.”
The defense held Atwater to two single digit quarters.
“Girls played well, they only gave up 37 points, and two single digit quarters, we would like to have four, but we got two, and they played good defense tonight,” said Musselman.
The ‘Dogs also didn’t have to deal with Atwater captain Lexi Valencia, who was out.
Turlock took advantage of it.
They went up 14-8 after the first quarter and rallied to go up 31-17 at the half.
Williams scored eight of her 10 in the opening quarter alone.
Salsig notched 12 of her 14 points in the first half.
When the third kicked off, Washington took over. She scored all of her 18 points in the final two quarters, attacking the paint while shooting from the free-throw line on four separate occasions.
Turlock’s defense stymied all attempts of a late rally and they held on after allowing just 10 points in the fourth.
The ‘Dogs are now 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the CCC.
“Get better every night out, we will come back out tomorrow to get ready for Golden Valley, get film and get ready by Thursday,” Musselman added. “That has been the goal, to get better and we are getting better… better than Saturday.”
Turlock will next take on Golden Valley on the road at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.