The Golden Valley girls basketball team has three weeks to earn a playoff spot.
Monday night was a good start.
Porsha Grayson scored a career-high 28 points as GV cruised to a 52-32 win over Buhach Colony at Cougar Arena.
"I think this team should be a playoff team," said Golden Valley coach Matt Thissen, whose team improved to 4-3 in the Central California Conference and 11-11 overall.
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"We have to go out and earn it on the court."
Golden Valley was No. 14 in the first Sac-Joaquin Section Division I power ratings released last week.
Grayson scored 11 points in the first quarter to help GV storm out to a 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes.
"In spurts, I thought our press was effective," Thissen said. "In spurts, I thought our half-court defense was effective.
"We're still striving to play four quarters all the time."
Buhach Colony (3-4, 8-12) played without one of its top players in Aly Gleason, who is recovering from pneumonia.
Cassie Kalapsa led BC with 14 points and Katelyn Tillet added 11.
Buhach closed the lead to as low as 24-19 early in the third quarter, only to see GV stretch the lead back to double digits.
"It wasn't their press," Buhach Colony coach Jeff Rivero said. "We just melted down in a couple spots."
Surman Purewall chipped in with 10 points for GV.
Both teams are back in action today with Golden Valley traveling to Pitman and BC making the trip to Merced.
PATTERSON -- Cassie Coble scored 16 points as Patterson created a three-way tie atop the Western Athletic Conference.
Both teams are tied with Livingston at 8-2.
Courtney Ramos led Hilmar with 14 points.
LIVINGSTON -- Nina Garcia erupted for 24 points as Livingston routed Gustine.
Garcia added seven steals and five assists to go along with her point total.
Denisa Pulido scored 12 and pulled down 10 rebounds for Livingston (8-2 WAC, 16-4 overall).
Veronica Perry led Gustine with 14 points.
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LE GRAND -- Veronica Moreno scored 14 points as Le Grand improved to 9-0 in the Southern League.
The second half was played with a running clock.
MARIPOSA -- Joree Peracca scored eight points to help Mariposa improve to 6-3 in the SL.