Central Valley High turned in one of the biggest surprises of the season and upset the Valley Oak League's power structure as Lizette Covarrubias did a little bit of everything to beat Manteca, 46-43.
Covarrubias had 15 points, five boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks as CV knocked Manteca (10-5, 3-1) out of first place in the VOL in Thursday night's action.
The Hawks displayed a well-rounded team, with Alyssa Long (six points, seven rebounds, three steals) and Phylicia Martinez (eight points, five rebounds, two assists) providing plenty of support. Cynthia Perez scored 10 points for Manteca, but CV held Sharon Washington to just nine points — nine below her average.
"We had a well-rounded scoring game, seven girls scoring overall," CV coach Jesse Padilla said. "Lizette Covarrubias had a break-out game, scoring 15 points, and hitting two of her three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, sparking a 22-7 run for the Hawks."
EAST UNION PERFECT — East Union (12-3, 4-0) stayed unbeaten in the VOL, winning its fifth straight by beating Oakdale 42-34. The Lancers led by 22 in the second half before the Mustangs closed to within seven in the fourth quarter. Lexy Posz had 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists for the Lancers, who have won three consecutive league titles, and Shalane Jackson had eight points and nine rebounds despite being in foul trouble. Cassandra Clark (14 points) and Carly Barton (13 points) keyed Oakdale's fourth-quarter rally.
MALONE POWERS SONORA — Brittany Malone (22 points) provided the inside punch, while Kelli Keefe (11) handled the outside scoring to lead Sonora (3-2 VOL) past Lathrop 67-38. The Wildcats trailed by one after a quarter, but hit their stride in the second quarter and roared into halftime with a 37-26 lead. Sonora helped its cause by hitting 12 of 18 free throws.
WAC BATTLE — In the Western Athletic Conference, Maria Flores scored 22 points and the Wolves (9-7, 3-1) won a touch-and-go battle with Patterson (3-1 WAC) 61-54, leaving the teams tied for first place. Livingston went in front early, thanks to Flores and Tara Lau (13), and the Wolves' defense held Patterson's Cassie Coble to 12 points. ... Orestimba (12-5, 2-2) took advantage of Livingston's upset, as it beat Gustine (0-4 SL) 65-45 to move within a game of first place. The Warriors' Sarah Spaulding was at the center of the action with 10 points, six assists and seven steals, while Roxanne Corella had eight points and six assists.
SOUTHERN LEAGUE — Turlock Christian (14-3, 5-0) used the one-two punch of Molly Farrar (17 points, eight assists) and Amy Wright (14 points, six assists) to post a 69-32 win over Waterford (6-5, 2-3). The Eagles used a 22-point second quarter to take a 37-17 lead into the locker room, and finished 14 of 22 from the free-throw line. The Eagles showed their depth on the perimeter, as Wright, Kara Gabrielson and Candice Balswick each hit a 3-pointer. Farrer and Wright also allowed TC to dominate under the boards, as each pulled down 15 rebounds to finish with double-doubles.
BIG VALLEY ON TOP — In the Harvest Christian League, Big Valley (10-3, 5-0) took sole possession of first place as Brittany Miller (21 points) and Sam Lucero (14) combined to score as many points as Lodi Academy's entire team in a 44-35 win. It was the Lions' seventh in a row.
In non-league action, Escalon (11-6) continued its impressive season, as Raymond David scored 16 points on the way to a 62-42 win over Bret Harte (7-8). The Cougars led 31-20 at halftime, though it could have been a larger margin had they shot better from the free-throw line — 12 of 28. The Bullfrogs' Matt Brechtel scored 18 points, but the Cougars held every other Bret Harte player to eight points or less. ... In the Southern League, Pierce Chaney and center Cody Wichman combined for 30 points and 22 rebounds as Mariposa (12-3, 3-0) overpowered Le Grand (5-7, 2-2), 55-35. Guard Jarrett Miller ran Mariposa's offense efficiently, with seven points, six assists and five rebounds.