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Turlock girls cruise through Buhach Colony after big home win
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Turlock's Jaydon Williams, seen here at an earlier preseason game, scored a game-high 23 points and added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals in Thursday's win over Buhach Colony. - photo by Journal file photo

The Turlock (10-9 overall, 1-2 CCC) High varsity girls basketball team picked up their first league victory of the year after defeating Buhach Colony on Thursday, 64-47.

“We played a good defensive game tonight. The girls played hard and it was a team effort,” said Turlock head coach Mark Musselman.

Seven different players scored for Turlock for the night.

Jaydon Williams scored a game-high 23 points and added 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals.

Megan Nunes finished with 15 points and Shea Williams had 15 and a pair of blocks. Sarah Musselman had 3 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

The next game for Turlock will be at home against Golden Valley at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.


Pride hand Merced first league loss of the year with 53-41 road win

The Pitman Pride varsity girls basketball team handed Merced High its first league loss of the season after topping the Bears in a 53-41 road victory on Thursday night.

“Our defensive effort won us the game tonight. We played extremely hard on that end of the court and it won us the game,” said Pitman head coach Dustin Curtiss.

Pitman is now 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the Central California Conference after handing Merced only their fifth loss in 19 games this year.

The Pride led 22-17 at the half and went up by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter before Merced came surging back.

Merced cut the lead to 6 with a little over a minute left in regulation, but Pitman came down with some rebounds down the stretch and was able to run the clock out.

“Cerah Moren and Andrea Selkow got the big rebounds for us,” said Curtiss. “We got some big rebounds off our missed free throws in the last minute to run the clock out.”

Kaylin Randhawa scored 14 points and Moren had a team-high 15 and Olivia Salafia had 8 points for the game.

“I was really happy with our overall effort and intensity tonight. The girls played their hearts out and earned this tough victory on the road,” said Curtiss. “We also attacked the boards really well tonight. We limited their second shots and got a lot on our offensive end.”

Pitman's next game will be at home as they host Buhach Colony at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.


Yellowjackets pick up first league win after topping Riverbank

The Hilmar High varsity girls basketball team picked up its first league win of the year after skimming through Riverbank at home on Thursday after a close game, 24-23.

Hilmar is now 8-10 overall and 1-3 in the Trans-Valley League after four contests and snap a three-game losing streak.

Seven different players scored for Hilmar on Thursday and it was Hailey Chavez leading the way with 7 points.

Chavez also finished with 6 rebounds and Kayley Pettigrew came down with 9 rebounds and scored two points.

Erin Benning scored 3 points and added 8 rebounds for the game.

Hilmar will next host Ripon Christian at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.


TC girls fall to Brookside Christian in lopsided game

It was a rough night on Thursday when Turlock Christian High's varsity girls basketball team hosted Brookside Christian in a Central California Athletic Alliance showdown.

BC,  which had one of the most competitive preseason schedules, including multiple opponents ranked top 100 in the state, came out and dominated TC from the onset, eventually cruising through in a 103-33 trouncing.

“Those 33 points were the hardest points as a coach I have ever seen my players earn,” said TC head coach Edwin Santiago. “Every player was mentally tough enough to rise to the challenge that Brookside gave. The girls kept climbing to the challenge and never retreated or set up camp to get comfortable.”

TC goes to 12-5 overall and 1-2 in the CCAA with the loss.

Aarion McDonald's 29 points was a game-high for BC as they ended up controlling the game from start to finish.

“It took a lot of courage to fight and compete with Brookside for 32 minutes,” said Santiago.

TC's Mikayla Yago had a team-high 10 points and added 4 rebounds and a pair of steals. Meghan Mark added 7 points and 3 steals. Cassie Balswick added 6 points and 8 assists.

“In the end we felt alive and proud of our effort, hard work and resilience,” Santiago added.

The next game for TC will be against Elliot Christian at 6 p.m. Monday.