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Pitman girls rally past Atwater, 46-36
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Kaylin Randhawa (pictured here during a preseason game) was effective once again for the Pride after finishing with a double-double during Tuesday's league opener against Atwater. - photo by Journal file photo

The Pitman (10-5, 1-1 CCC) High girls basketball team won their first league game of the season after topping Atwater, 46-36, at home on Tuesday night in a Central California Conference showdown.

“We started the best we had all season. We really got after it early on defensively and made a lot of shots,” said Pitman head coach Dustin Curtiss.

It was in the second and third where the Pride started to struggle after Atwater began to press hard with their defense.

Pitman found it challenging as they went down by two in the third just before they pulled away.

Dezi Washington scored all of her 11 points in the first half but fouled out late in the third.

The defensive effort for Pitman was effective for majority of the game and kept Atwater contained for the most part.

Kaylin Randhawa finished the night with a double-double, adding 12 points and 10 rebounds. Michelle Griffin had 8 points and Andrea Selkow finished with 6.

Pitman finally outscored Atwater, 18-8, in the fourth quarter to secure the team’s second consecutive win. The Pride have won four out of their last five games.

“We have goals as a team on defense and we were really close to those tonight. If we can keep our effort up on that end we will be in a lot of games,” said Curtiss.

Pitman girls will next play Merced on the road at 7:15 p.m. Thursday.


Denair girls pick up first league win of the year, 43-22, over Le Grand

In only their third league game of the year, the Denair (2-8 overall, 1-2 SAL) High varsity girls basketball team picked up their first Southern Athletic League victory after defeating Le Grand on Monday night at home, 43-22.

“We had a slow start, but made adjustments at halftime. We came out with more energy scoring in transition and got the ball inside,” said Denair head coach Taryn Garza.

Post player Katie Oliver had a game-high 15 points and finished with 7 rebounds and 3 steals.

As a team, Denair committed only 11 turnovers while notching 41 rebounds as a team.

Katie Hernandez finished with a game-high 10 rebounds to go with her 6 points.

The next game for the Denair girls will be on the road at Gustine at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.


Off night for Denair boys cost them against Le Grand

Tuesday was not the best night for the Denair (7-10 overall, 1-2 SAL) High varsity boys basketball team.

The Coyotes met Le Grand (3-10) in a Southern Athletic League showdown that ended with a 54-43 upset victory to shock Denair and hand them their second consecutive league loss.

“They beat us in every area of the game, outhustled, out played us, outshot us, they just flat out played better.  We were a shell of ourselves tonight, it was very disappointing,” said Denair coach Garett Elliott.

The Coyotes had an off night and it showed on every facet of the game.

Denair also struggled from the line, shooting 8 of 19.

The game was close for a majority of the time, with Denair taking a one-point lead in the third at 28-27 before Le Grand went on a 7-2 run to close out the third.

Denair failed to produce much on offense and when they did, Le Grand responded, making 10 threes for the game.

Isaac Starks still finished with 20 points for the game, but it wasn’t enough to help his team.

Next game for Denair will be at home against Delhi at 7:30 p.m. Friday.