LINDEN Summerville High School tightened up its defense in the second half half and pulled out a 44-38 Mother Lode League girls' basketball victory over Linden last night.
The Bears (10-4, 2-1 MLL) held Linden star Annemarie Sanchez to seven points in the third and fourth quarters after getting scorched by her for 18 in the first two period, after which Linden (5-13, 0-3) held a 26-24 lead.
"We finally woke up a little bit and decided we needed to play a little defense," Summerville coach Darcy Wingo said.
With Bridgette Berry and K.C. Benner hounding Sanchez, and with Amber Taylor also aiding the defensive charge, Summerville outscored the Lions 11-2 in the third quarter for a 35-28 lead. The Bears then kept Linden at bay with good free-throw shooting, and finished 17-for-21 from the foul line.
Kellie Pierce and Kelsey Wingo scored 12 points apiece for Summerville, while Megan Wingo had nine points and 18 rebounds against Linden's tall front line.
Sonora two behind EU
At Manteca, first-place East Union took Sonora High School to the woodshed late in the first half and went on to rout the Wildcats 65-37 last night in a big Valley Oak League boys' basketball game.
The Lancers (14-5, 6-0 VOL) used a pressing, trapping defense to spark an 11-0 run in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter to break open a close game and take a 29-19 lead into halftime.
"They're very athletic," Sonora coach Rick Francis said. "They reminded me of Natomas."
Natomas is the school from the Sacramento area that has knocked Sonora out of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs three times in the last four years with relentless, full-court, full-speed pressure.
The East Union onslaught continued in the second half and the Lancers put defending champion Sonora (10-9, 2-2) two games behind at the halfway point of the league race.