The Union Democrat Sports Department

If the Sonora girls' basketball team is going to contend for a Valley Oak League Championship, the Wildcats need to take care of business away from Bud Castle Gym.

With a 50-44 road win over Mantecaon Wednesday, they did exactly just that.

"It was a great game and a huge win," said Sonora head coach Amy Santos. "To go on the road, with their band playing and to take away a win was big."

Sonora led 22-13 at halftime, but Manteca cut it to a five-point lead after three quarters of play.

The Wildcats, coming off a convincing 50-32 victory against Lathrop last Friday, cruised in the final period, outscoring their opponent 19-9.

"We're putting a big emphasis on rebounding," Santos said. "We're definitely not a tall team, so we're stressing rebounding. In that fourth quarter, we beat them in rebounds and got on the floor and got those 50-50 balls."

Wildcat junior standout Bailey Henington tied for a team-high 16 points, and knocked down Sonora's lone 3-pointer. Michelle Ries also tallied 16 points and was 12 of 19 from the charity line.

"Michelle played huge," Santos said. "We were getting the ball into the post. She would turn, make a move and get fouled."

As a team, the Wildcats converted 23 of 39 free throws. Elyse Quenneville added nine points with seven coming in the final 8 minutes.

Sonora (2-1 VOL) continues league play with a road game against Sierra tonight at7:15 p.m.

Wildcats split two VOL matches

The Sonora Wildcats wrestling team split two Valley Oak League matcheson Wednesdayat the dual meet in Manteca.

Sonora beat East Union 57-24 and lost a 37-36 heartbreaker to Weston Ranch.

Against East Union, Sonora got four pins from Colton Masters, Torin Phillips, Jack Trent and Johnny Lindsey.

Masters, at 138 pounds, pinned Kyle Bean in 58 seconds. Phillips, a 182 pounder, defeated Daniel Solano in 1 minute and 29 seconds. Trent beat Nicolas McGill in3:26at 195. Lindsey, wrestling at heavyweights, pinned Arturo Ochoa in3:09.

Wildcat Paul Ravelli won 14-7 by decision.

"Johnny Lindsey wrestled well at heavyweight," said Sonora head coach Jon Abernathy. "Jack Trent was outstanding in both matches. Torin Phillips showed improving technique. Paul Ravelli won a tough match."

The Wildcats was credited with five wins by forfeit against East Union.

In Sonora's loss to Weston Ranch, the Wildcats were penalized for throwing headgear and lost by one.

"We would have won that match 37-36 had we not been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct," Abernathy said. "It caused the match to be tied. The first tiebreaker criteria is unsportsmanlike conduct. We also were winning by several points."

The Wildcats received three pins from Masters, Ravelli and Trent.

Both Ravelli and Trent dominated their opponents. Ravelli pinned Herick Castillo in 55 seconds and Trent pinned Dominguez in1:07.

Wildcats Joey Johnson, Pallante and Zerek Saldivar won by decision. Bryce Sanguinetti won 11-3 by majority decision, and Phillips won by forfeit.

Tioga wins first MVL basketball game

The Tioga Timberwolves boys' basketball team captured its first Mountain Valley League win of the year.

Matt Spring, who drained eight 3-pointers, scored a team-high 26 points as Tioga knocked off Venture Academy 50-32on Monday.

"It is nice to get our first league win at home for our fans and having Springs light up from 3-point land," said Tioga head coach Douglas West. "The Timberwolves played great defense and are improving as a team."

Tioga led 26-11 at halftime, and in the third quarter, dropped a game-high 17 points and never looked back.

The stingy Timberwolves defense limited the Mustangs to single-digit scoring in three quarters, including a game-low six points in the first period.

Tioga's Johny Amoruso netted eight points and grabbed a team-high 17 rebounds. Bret Woods had four with 10 boards. Shawn Ridgley also scored four and had four rebounds. Caleb DeCoster pulled down six boards and blocked three shots. Adrien Malicay and Josh Pollock both finished with two points. Malicay hauled in six rebounds, and Joey Chavez had two blocks.

Bears JV girls hoopsters split

The Summerville Bears junior varsity girls basketball team rebounded from a Mother Lode League loss to Calaverason Mondaywith a 40-31 victory over Amadoron Wednesdayin Sutter Creek.

Shelby Conklin scored a team-high 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Julian Craddock added eight points and grabbed a Bears-best 13 boards. Rian Land added seven points and eight rebounds to lead the Bears.

Kiki Cazares, McKenzie Gast, Caitlyn Rich and Tori Morrison provided great pressure on defense for Summerville.

"We struggled again on defense in the first half, but played much better only giving up 10 points in the second," said Bears head coach Darcy Wingo.

Calaveras beat Summerville 44-24 earlier in the week.

"Very difficult time against a good shooting team," Wingo said. "Our defense was lacking."

Craddock dropped eight points and had four rebounds. Conklin netted six points and had seven rebounds and Land finished with four points and a Bear-high 15 rebounds.

S'ville JV boys beat Amador, fall to Skins

The Summerville Bears junior varsity boys' basketball team split two Mother Lode League games this week.

On Wednesday, Summerville knocked off Amador 47-35.

Tied at 13-13 at the break, the Bears surged in the second half, outscoring the Buffaloes 34-22.

Bear Cameron Saunders, who dropped 14 points in the final two quarters, scored a team-high 18 and Sam Burns chipped in 16. Burns finished with a double-double, grabbing 14 rebounds.

Summerville outrebounded Amador 46-17.

Calaveras beat Summerville 57-38on Mondayin San Andreas.

The Redskins went into halftime with a four-point lead and pulled away in the second half, dropping 21 points and 19. Summerville was limited to just 14 and nine in the third and fourth quarters, respectively.

"Calaveras is a pretty good team," said Bears JV head coach Mike McLaurin. "They are not going to beat themselves with mistakes or turnovers. We gave up too many second chance baskets by not taking care of our defensive rebound responsibilities."

Burns scored 12 points, Jack Branscum-Higuera had 10 and Trey PetersonWood added eight.

"It was not a lack of effort," McLaurin said. "We played hard."