Summerville senior Ashley Gamber kept the Central Catholic girls’ hoopsters on edge with her team-high 27 points, but the Bears were unable to close the gap on the Raiders late in the fourth quarter.
Summerville (3-9) knew it had a tough challenge in the Raiders, who had only one loss on the season going into Thursday night’s game at the Modesto private school.
And the Bears were ready.
“It was a good, well-played game,” said Summerville head coach Dave Woods. “We were down seven at halftime, but we battled back and got it to within five in the second half. They pulled away late in the game when we had to foul them and they made their free throws.”
Gamber was precise throughout the game, draining six 3-pointers.
“She’s capable of doing that when she gets going and has the hot hand,” said Woods. “I’m glad to see her have a big night.”
Bear senior Krysta Calkins also nailed a trey and added 10 total points while Taylor Leslie had 11.
“I told my girls they had nothing to be ashamed of and played well,” said Woods.
The Bears take a break now as they prepare for Mother Lode League play to begin at the top of 2013. Their first league contest is Jan. 2 when they host the Bret Harte Bullfrogs.