The Union Democrat Sports Department

Brianna McGinness had a double-double Friday scoring a game-high 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for Calaveras as the Redskins topped their cross-county rival Bret Harte 55-24 in a hoops battle at Mike Flock Gym.

"We played really good defense, both individually and as a team, then we controlled the boards right off the bat" said Calaveras head coach Mike Lewis.

The game remained tight at the close of the first quarter with Calaveras leading 10-8, but the Redskins took control of the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Bullfrogs 14-4.

"Everyone that came off the bench really helped and we only had three turnovers for the whole game," said Lewis.

Calaveras' intensity didn't decline in the second half, coming out after the break and holding Bret Harte to nine points in the third quarter and three in the final period.

"Bret Harte was off and just didn't play their best game," said Lewis. "I expect our next meeting to be nothing like this one ... It'll probably be a barn burner."

Also for the Redskins, sophomore Samantha Johnson had nine points while junior Kelly Airola added 12. Taylor Martinez pulled down six of the Redskins' 33 total boards.

"Kelly Airola and Sam Johnson are stepping it up big time," said Brianna McGinness. "As a sophomore, Sam is definitely showing that she belongs on this team."

McGinness said the atmosphere likely helped power Calaveras' big night.

"I think it being such a big game, and our rival, it helped motivate us to win, but it also showed us now that we can be the type of team that comes out and plays hard early," said McGinness.

Bret Harte head coach Ronnie Davis said the Bullfrogs (12-8, 5-4 MLL) didn't have a good night and will be looking to bounce back during their upcoming three-game week that features match-ups against Linden, Summerville and Amador.

"You have to put this behind you," Davis said. "We don't take any games for granted, so we have three this week and then we have another shot the following week against Calaveras - and they have to come here next time."

Meanwhile, defending Section champion Calaveras (15-5, 8-1 MLL) is in second-place behind undefeated Argonaut. The Redskins will get a shot at dethroning the No. 1 Mustangs on Tuesday at Mike Flock Gym.

"We're hoping the momentum from this win carries over and we can go on and play like we did," said Lewis. "We've got a chance against Argonaut. They're still undefeated, but we're 8-1. It's a big game and we're playing at our place, so we're looking forward to it."

Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.