Turlock Christian girls’ basketball clinches CCAA title after win over Stone Ridge
The Turlock Christian varsity girls’ basketball team clinched a league title after they defeated Stone Ridge Christian on the road Monday in a 63-49 beating.
“It was the signature win we were looking for and I couldn’t be any more proud of the team,” said TC head coach Edwin Santiago.
Following the win, TC is currently boasting a 6-1 Central California Athletic Alliance record with one game remaining.
They are 15-8 overall as well, the only team in league with a winning record.
The squad went down quickly and early on Monday against SRC. Following the first quarter, TC trailed 15-12. At halftime the score was even at 23-23.
TC was outscored in the third 19-18 before they finished off the game strong in the fourth. TC scored 22 to SRC’s seven.
TC shot 48 percent from the field.
Abi Kirkendall of TC finished with a double-double after she notched 18 points for the game along with 10 rebounds. She also added four assists and three steals.
Paige Vieira finished with a team-high 20 points after making 10 of 17 from the field. Vieira also finished with six steals and eight rebounds.
Next for TC is their final CCAA game of the year at Big Valley Christian at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Pride girls’ basketball handles Downey
Monday’s penultimate league game for the Pitman High varsity girls’ basketball team was crucial and a must-win if the Pride wished to stay in the hunt for the first ever Central California Athletic League crown.
On senior night, the Pride started all six seniors, despite getting called for a technical, but none of it mattered as they went on to defeat Downey High for the second time this season, by a score of 59-56.
Pitman has won four consecutive games. Their current overall record sits at 16-9 and 8-1 in the CCAL.
Pitman was held to just nine points in the opening quarter against Downey. They led 30-25 by halftime and were outscored in the second half by two points.
Downey’s Abby Van Diepen scored 20 of Downey’s points, while they had three players in double figures.
Pitman’s Jessica Smith scored a game-high 21 points, while teammate Sydney Smith knocked in 11 points for the game.
Pitman will close out the year with a road contest against Turlock High at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.