TURLOCK — The Central California Conference streak is 24 for the Turlock High girls, and for their efforts they get a nine-day rest before starting the second season.
The Bulldogs are 23-4 overall and 12-0 after their second straight sweep of the CCC season, which they capped Tuesday night with a 66-31 victory over Buhach Colony.
Kayla Schumann had 10 of her 18 points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs raced to a 36-16 halftime lead. Turlock’s defense forced Buhach (1-22, 1-11) into 23 turnovers, and by game’s end nine Turlock players had found their way into the scoring column.
The Bulldogs have a bye on Thursday, and on Sunday will find out the identity of their first-round opponent in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.
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Going undefeated in the CCC will not impress the computer that decides the seeding. The Bulldogs, despite their stellar record, were seeded only No. 9 in the power ratings released on Tuesday and will be eligible to move up only if teams above them falter in the final week of the regular season.
Since only the top eight teams get first-round home games, the Bulldogs are likely going to have to board a bus for to open the second season, perhaps for a showdown with Lincoln of Stockton, which so far has gone undefeated in the San Joaquin Athletic Association.
This is Turlock’s third straight CCC crown, but the Bulldogs will be looking for their first postseason victory during that span. They lost to Tokay to open the 2008 playoffs, and stumbled in a loss to Tracy in last year’s first round.
The playoff seedings in other divisions remain up for shuffling, and several of Tuesday’s outcome will be reflected in Sunday’s pairings announcement.
Sonora 57, Manteca 37, at Sonora, the Wildcats (15-11, 10-5 Valley Oak League) entered the game seeded 15th, meaning they needed to beat the Buffaloes to cement a spot in the postseason. They did exactly that, taking control early with a 16-4 first-quarter barrage. Manteca (16-10, 9-6) came in with a No. 13 ranking and is in danger of missing the playoffs since a battle against league champion East Union on Thursday awaits.
Ripon 60, Ripon Christian 46, at RC — Here’s a situation in which both teams seem securely in the playoff picture. The victorious Indians got 25 points from Lauren Fedderson and 15 from Kendra Contente to improve to 13-9 overall and 7-2 in the Trans-Valley League. They were ranked No. 10 in Division 4 entering play. The Knights (9-12, 4-5) entered with a No. 11 ranking in Division 5, and benefit from playing in a league in which all other teams are Division 4 members. That will change next year when the Knights move to the Southern League.
Hughson 52, Escalon 30, at Escalon — The Huskies (10-10, 5-4 TVL) are securely on the bubble, entering as the No. 16 team in Division 4, and will have to win their finale Thursday at Riverbank to have a chance to stay in the 16-team field. Madelyn Birchall had 23 points and Marissa Genzoli added 11, and Hughson led 26-9 at halftime. The Cougars (5-17, 2-7), got eight points from Shay Archer.
Central Catholic 56, Hilmar 51, at Central Catholic — Becky Vasquez and Tiffany Morrison scored 15 points apiece as the Raiders (12-15, 5-9 Western Athletic Conference) effectively ended Hilmar’s playoff chances. The Yellowjackets (12-14, 6-8) entered play ranked No. 19 in Division 4, and tumbled despite the 20 points of Stesha Brazil.
Turlock Christian 63, Denair 23, at Turlock Christian — The Eagles entered the week as the only Stanislaus District team, boys’ or girls’, to hold a No. 1 seed. Turlock Christian (22-4, 12-1 SL) is likely to hold that spot into next week unless it stumbles Thursday against Waterford. But the Eagles, who got 21 points from Amy Wright on Tuesday, will be motivated in the finale, since a win would give them the outright SL crown.
Waterford 53, Delhi 36, at Waterford — The Wildcats (12-8, 7-7 SL) probably couldn’t help themselves in the seedings even with this win. A major component in the rankings formula is overall strength of league, and a win over Delhi (3-20, 0-13) will not aid that component. Waterford is No. 17 in the Division 4 rankings, and faces a difficult regular-season season finale Thursday against Turlock Christian.
Big Valley Christian 36, Millennium 29, at Millennium — The Lions (20-5, 15-2 Harvest Christian League) are cruising into the postseason. They’ll finish second in the HCL behind Wilton Christian, but barring a loss Friday at Brookside Christian will be seeded higher in the postseason than Wilton because of a tougher non-league schedule. Megan Palmer had 13 points for Big Valley, which led 19-7 at halftime.
Livingston 68, Patterson 60, at Patterson — The Tigers (10-16, 7-7 WAC) moved up four spots in the Division III rankings to No. 21 after defeating Central Catholic and Gustine last weekend, but any hope of reaching the playoffs ended with this loss, despite the 21 points of Kent Foster. Livingston (19-6, 10-4) got 24 points from Gurpreet Sangha, 17 from Charles Brown and 15 from Brian Alvarez, and are sitting solid at No. 13 in Division 3 heading into Friday’s home game against Gustine.
Ripon Christian 57, Ripon 52, at Ripon — The Knights (17-5, 6-3) probably are more excited right now about sweeping the season series from their next-door neighbor than about moving up to No. 2 in the Division 5 rankings. They’ll be hard-pressed to keep that lofty perch since they close the regular season Friday at home against Modesto Christian. Tyler Goslinga scored 18 points for RC, while Matt Ratto led the Indians with 20. Ripon (12-12, 5-4) plays at Escalon on Friday in a must-win for both teams’ playoff hopes. The Indians are No. 12 in Divison 4.
Escalon 61, Hughson 25, at Escalon — The Cougars (16-10, 5-4 TVL) led 21-5 after the first quarter and cruised over the Huskies (2-21, 0-9.) Escalon, which got 13 points from Travis Cardoza, entered as the No. 16 seed in Division 4.
Modesto Christian 89, Riverbank 62, at Modesto Christian — The Crusaders (17-8, 9-0 TVL) will coast into their final regular-season game at Ripon Christian with a 12-game winning streak and a No. 3 ranking in Division 4. As has been their style in the league season, the Crusaders played everybody against Riverbank (11-12, 2-7) and had 13 players score, led by the 17 points of junior forward Ryan Riner.
Bee staff writer Brian VanderBeek can be reached at 578-2300.