By KEVIN SAULS
Although they seemed to have cement in their shoes some of the time, the Sonora High School Wildcats remained unbeaten in the Valley Oak League with a 46-29 girls' basketball victory over Buhach Colony of Atwater on Tuesday night at Bud Castle Gym.
"It was like a serious slo-mo game," Sonora coach Charmon Logan said.
The Wildcats (13-6, 7-0 VOL) were mired in a 6-6 tie with the lowly Thunder (6-14, 1-7) at the end of the first quarter, and were ahead only 13-12 late in the first half when they finally got their feet moving.
A bucket by center Jessica Peterson with 2:28 left in the half started Sonora on a 16-0 run that continued through the first two minutes of the third quarter and gave them a fat 29-13 lead. Peterson scored eight of her game-high 20 points during the run, and also dished two of her three assists.
Sonora got a scare late last week when Peterson went to a doctor with a medical complaint and was told she would have to have her appendix removed.
Fortunately for Peterson and the Wildcats, it was a false alarm, but she did miss a practice and didn't start against Buhach.
Point guard Lynnyatte Jordan also didn't start, but responded off the bench with eight points. Another key performance was that of junior forward Megan Webbon, who had four points, five rebounds, five steals, and four assists.
"Megan had another good game," Logan said.
For Buhach, Capri Chavez scored nine points, and Jessica Flood had seven points and seven rebounds.
Sonora visits Los Banos (8-14, 1-7) on Friday, then gears for two huge games next week Tuesday at home against second-place Sierra of Manteca (16-6, 7-1), and Thursday on the road against third-place Manteca (16-4, 5-2).