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The Sonora girls varsity basketball team beat Turlock 49-35 on Thursday in the Crusader Classic Varsity Tournament at Modesto Christian School in Modesto.

Junior power forward Jessica Berry scored 25 points. Junior shooting guard Jacey Hawkins added 11 points, and junior point guard Shekinah Calindas scored 9 more.

Varsity head coach Greg Smith said several girls on the team were sick or injured this week. The players that suited up for Thursday’s game had limited backup from a short bench, and they deserve credit for playing well and coming away with a victory, Smith said.

Earlier this week, the Sonora boys varsity basketball team defeated Riverbank 81-69 on the road Tuesday at Riverbank in their first official game of the 2019-2020 season.

Senior forward Spencer Coppello contributed with two three-pointers and a steal. Senior point guard Jonathan Mayben scored three three-pointers. Senior forward Darius O’Neal and senior guard Austin Patterson each contributed steals. Senior center Devon Dye had one blocked shot.

The Wildcats out-rebounded Riverbank 33 to 22. Both teams recorded 20 assists each. Sonora had 5 steals, Riverbank had 4. 

Sonora hit 49 percent of their two-point shots, 54 percent of their three-point attempts, and they shot 77 percent from the free-throw line.

The win improved Sonora’s overall record to 1-0 so far this season.

Earlier games listed on an online schedule, against Central Catholic at Sonora on Nov. 25 and against Bear Creek at Sonora on Nov. 27, were scrimmages and are not counted in Sonora’s overall record so far this season.

Other results from Sonora varsity boys basketball games this week were not available Friday.

Contact Guy McCarthy at or 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.


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