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TC girls win fifth straight
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Paige Vieira of Turlock Christian finished Tuesday’s win with a game-high 16 points as the Eagles defeated Stockton Christian (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

Paige Vieira dropped a game-high 16 points, Danika Muller added 12 and the Turlock Christian varsity girls basketball team picked up their fifth straight victory, and their 10th win of the season after defeating Stockton Christian from home on Tuesday, 51-35.

“This game helps with the power rankings… and for seeding it helps us that way,” said TC head coach Edwin Santiago. “Our offense is geared towards having everyone score, but it is up to us to read properly and make the right decision.”

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Danika Muller finished Tuesday’s game with 12 points (EDDIE RUIZ/The Journal).

Muller and Vieira were responsible for 28 of the team’s 51 points scored.

It was also the second highest total of points scored for TC in their five-game winning stretch.

“I was happy with how we did since we came off a weekend where we didn’t have practice on Thursday or Friday so we were just getting into the groove of things and needed to rebuild our chemistry since we were off for four days,” said Vieira.

TC’s overall record is now 10-6, while they are 2-0 in the Central California Athletic Alliance after defeating Millennium and Venture Academy in the first two weeks of January.

On Tuesday, it was a different type of victory since it was a non-league game.

It helped that TC came out firing away in the first.

The defense allowed just four points after the first nine minutes.

TC went on to outscore SC 16-10 in the second and they Eagles had a 30-14 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, TC handled SC as they allowed just 17 points in the third and fourth.

“I thought we had a lot of little victories and we are starting to come together, getting to know each other to the point where we celebrate every good point and deal with the negativity at practice,” said Santiago. “…we stay positive and stay in the moment and I like that about our progression over the year.”

Since starting off the year 2-3, TC has gone 8-3 since then.

Seven different players scored for TC on Tuesday, with Vieira leading the way.

“I just try to do the best I can to score and snag the rebound and put it back up whenever I can,” said Vieira. “Definitely, our team goal is to keep getting better and win league and keep moving on in playoffs and see what we can do. I believe in our team.”

The next game for TC is a home contest against Stone Ridge Christian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.