Thursday marked the second league contest of the week for Turlock High varsity girls basketball and for the second time the Bulldogs came out winners, this time after dominating Modesto High from home in a 66-20 final.
“We wanted to come out and play well since in the last game we played, we let the other team get some extra points in the second half,” said Turlock head coach John Williams. “We wanted to come out and make sure we didn’t have that letdown again because we let other teams get the run and they get momentum and I thought we played great defense as well, great effort in the second half.”
In their game on Tuesday, Turlock beat Downey, 62-44.
Downey, however, scored 26 second half points while allowing Turlock to add 21.
On Thursday, they left no doubt who was the better team from start to finish.
Turlock led by 40-18 at the half and took a 40-plus point lead in the first two and a half minutes of the fourth quarter.
“We have a thing that we want to keep under 10 points per quarter and last week we let a team get 21 in the third and that was upsetting to us. [Tonight] we played pretty good defensively,” said Williams.
By the end, Turlock had won by 46 points.
Turlock’s record improves to 12-6 overall and 2-0 in the Central California Athletic League.
“We have goals, team goals, and that keeps the team motivated every time,” said Williams. “We can cut down our turnovers, which happens, but we improved so much every game and every time.”
A big reason for Turlock’s success on Thursday was their offensive playmakers in Jaydon Williams and Jada Washington.
Williams finished with a game-high 13 points for the ‘Dogs.
Washington finished the game with nine points and Joana Azevedo added nine points.
“Jaydon has let me know she wants to play and it makes a big difference when her and Jada (Washington) are playing together. It is a combo that coaches would love to have; it is easy when those two are playing their game,” said Williams. “They played a really good game, assists, rebounds and steals, probably the one-two combo in our league, at this moment it’s what it looks like if they play together, and tough to guard them.”
Turlock will next take on Enochs on the road at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.