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Calm, cool Modesto girls defeat Davis

Angelita Ochoa weaved through the crowd on the Panther Palace court.

The Modesto High point guard got close to the 3-point line and whipped a pass to an open Kelsey Lemasney on the left side. Lemasney didn't hesitate, letting loose from beyond the arc.

The ball swished through the net, giving the Panthers a one-point lead. Lemasney made two free throws moments later, helping spark Modesto to a 57-48 Modesto Metro Conference victory over Davis on Tuesday night.

It was a big win for the Panthers (10-8, 4-0 MMC). After Beyer's victory over Enochs (13-7, 3-1), Modesto is all alone atop the MMC standings. Two-time defending conference champion Davis fell to 7-8 overall, 2-2 in the MMC.

Lemasney has been on fire as of late. She made nine 3-pointers in two Modesto wins last week, and followed that with five more 3-pointers and 21 points against the Spartans.

"She's kind of come into her own," said Modesto coach Pete Peterson of his sophomore guard. "She's developed a lot of confidence in her shot."

Late in the game, though, it looked like Lemasney's output wasn't going to matter.

Davis led for the first four minutes of the fourth quarter thanks to 16 points from Breihanna Castilleja and 14 from post player Michelle Davis. Davis scored eight points in the fourth quarter.

But the Panthers chipped away, taking the lead on Lemasney's 3-pointer with 3:38 left.

"Once I let go, I knew it was going in," Lemasney said. "This was a really big game. And we've got another with Enochs on Thursday."

After a Davis basket, Lemasney sparked a 7-0 Panthers run with two free throws.

Fellow sophomore Love Grewal scored 14 points, and senior guard Sakara Seng was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

"Our offense is designed to provide the framework and let the players make the plays," Peterson said. "The more they do it, the more they're making the right decisions."

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or 578-2300.

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