Pacheco girls basketball team’s defense shines in non-league win

dwitte@losbanosenterprise.comDecember 28, 2013 

Pacheco High’s girls basketball team pushed its record to 6-5 late week with non-conference victories — a 41-27 win over Downey on Dec. 19 and a 37-32 win over Gustine the next night.

The Panthers allowed no points from Downey in the fourth quarter after allowing 17 in the third. Guard Sam Rodriguez led Pacheco with 17 points, and Gabby Perez added 10. They each hit a pair of 3-pointers.

Against Gustine, Pacheco held the Redskins (2-2) to 2 points in the third quarter to season the victory. Rodriguez again led the Panthers, this time with 19 points and a pair of 3-pointers, which Maggie Morales added 9.

Pacheco was back in action on Thursday against Davis in the Pitman Tournament, while the Pacheco boys (3-7) played in the Orestimba Tournament. Results of each tournament’s first-round games were unavailable at press time.

The junior varsity and freshman Pacheco girls fell to Downey, but the JV squad bounced back to beat Gustine the next night.

Dos Palos boys on board

The Dos Palos boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season with a 63-51 win over Minarets in the first round of the Hawk Classic, hosted by Liberty High in Madera Ranchos, on Dec. 19.

Noah Croninger led the way with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals, and Lee Navarro added 11 points.

The rest of the tournament didn’t go as smooth for the Broncos, with a 57-43 loss to Firebaugh the next night and an 80-51 loss to Caruthers on Dec. 21 to give DP an overall record of 1-5.

Bronco girls victorious

The Dos Palos girls basketball team bounced back from a 1-2 performance at the Chowchilla Tournament two weeks ago to beat Le Grand 52-39 in a non-conference game Dec. 19 in Dos Palos. The Broncos put three players in double digits – Lyric Anderson and Kayla Hall each scored 15, and Giselle Iniguez added 10. Le Grand’s Jacquelyn Blitch led the Bulldogs with 14 points.

Anderson made it a double-double, bringing down 12 rebounds, and freshman Abagale Croninger added 10 boards.

Dos Palos (4-2) is back in action on Dec. 30, hosting Strathmore in a non-conference game.

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