The Pitman lady Pride (8-4) defeated Livingston High on Monday in the team’s final preseason game, 48-40.
“Livingston is pretty good. They shot the ball well but we played a well-balanced game,” said Pitman head coach Dustin Curtiss.
Pitman never trailed for the game and went up 13-9 after the first quarter with six different players scoring for the Pride.
Cerah Moren had 6 points in the first quarter and scored nine for the game as the Pride built a three-point lead by halftime, going up 27-24.
The Pride’s Kaylin Randhawa had a game-high 19 points and added four assists, three blocks (all in the third) and eight rebounds and helped lift Pitman to its third win in over the last four games.
“I thought offensively we played well, made a lot of shots but we could’ve done better in the second overall,” said Curtiss. “It helped that we also beat Livermore and won two straight which definitely gave us some confidence heading into Thursday’s big test with Golden Valley.”
Pitman will open up league play at Golden Valley (10-4) against the Cougars at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Turlock Christian girls defeat Millennium in league opener 51-38
The Turlock Christian (12-3) girl’s basketball team is off to a 1-0 start in league after defeating Millennium High on Tuesday at home, 51-38, to earn their third straight win.
“We beat them (Millennium) in a hard fought contest,” said TC head coach Edwin Santiago.
Millennium started off better than TC, taking an 8-4 lead after the first quarter.
TC went on a 12-8 run in the second quarter, only to follow it up with a hot second half.
Mikayla Yagi finished with a double-double after she had 10 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter, and added 10 rebounds and a pair of steals and assists.
“Our fourth quarter run was too much for the Falcons to contain,” said Santiago. “It helped that Cassie and Mikayla played a great game for us as well and Cassie was just phenomenal on both sides.”
Cassie Balswick was the top scorer for TC with 15 points and added three rebounds and eight assists along with nine steals.
The next game for TC will be at Venture Academy at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
TC boys snap losing streak; win league opener
In their league opener, the Turlock Christian High varsity boys’ basketball team came out on top after defeating Millennium, 50-49, behind Mason Mark and Ben Balswick’s double-double.
“Ben was definitely the player of the game, plus it helped that we stopped their top scorer on defense,” said TC head coach Eddie Sai.
Balswick had a game-high 18 points and added 14 rebounds. Mark had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the game after TC started off with a 14-11 lead after the first.
Both sides scored nine in the second and in the third quarter, TC outscored Millennium 14-8 to go up by nine for the game.
Millennium battled back in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough as TC was able to hold off the Falcons despite getting outscored 21-13 in the quarter.
Next for TC will be a home contest against Sierra Ridge at 7 p.m. Thursday.