Oakdale High’s junior varsity girls basketball team improved to 5-3 in the Valley Oak League with an 18-point rout of visiting Kimball on Friday, but varsity and freshman girls couldn’t match the same performance during a 1-2 collective finish against the Jaguars.
Kimball’s Sarah Nunes stepped back to a distance resembling the NBA-three-point arc and sunk a trey at the shot clock buzzer with only a few seconds remaining. The shot punctuated a 53-33 Kimball win on Friday.
Oakdale twice pulled to within 11 after dazzling three-point plays in the second half, but was matched by another Kimball three-pointer on each occasion.
The Jaguars and Lady Mustangs stayed deadlocked at 12-12 after a period, but stole a nine-point lead at the break and rallied to a 27-16 second half advantage. Oakdale’s Blanca Lara made it 34-24 after a bucket and free throw when she was fouled in the paint with 2:36 remaining in the third. Francesca Orvis snuck Oakdale to within 11 with six minutes to play when she drained an open three-pointer at the top of the key, but Kimball went on an 11-2 run to close the game.
“We did the best we could but Kimball had a hot shooting night,” Oakdale coach Justin Schwitters said. “We were chasing a 10- to 12-point lead most of the game and then they kind of ran away with it at the end.”
Kimball’s tough play didn’t stop Oakdale guard Kylie Gust from crisscrossing the Jaguar defense. Gust dropped repeated shots from medium range and inside the paint in a 15-point effort.
“A lot of that happened because my teammates would get rebounds and pass it to me under the basket,” Gust said afterwards. “I think we came together and were ready to put pressure on Kimball.”
Her performance was the highest scoring effort of her varsity career.
“Kylie played really well,” Schwitters said. “That’s a person who day in and day out has been the hardest working one on our team.”
Ashley Edwards scored seven points for Oakdale while Lara added five. Orvis (three) and Janny Garcia (two) also contributed to the scoring. The loss drops Oakdale to 4-16 overall, 0-8 in the tough Valley Oak League. The conference is responsible for five total positions among the top-12 of Divisions II, III and IV in Monday’s release of the SJS power ratings. The top 16 teams make the postseason. Oakdale is No. 29 in Division III while VOL foes East Union, Manteca and Weston Ranch are all top-8 in the ratings.
Oakdale’s leading scorer, Christina Cobarruvias, didn’t disappoint at home on Friday during a 13-point effort to lead both teams. Her hot shots propelled Oakdale through a 19-4 second quarter run and 14-4 rally in the third period. Oakdale reserves finished with a one-point advantage in the final quarter for a 49-31 final score to take the victory.
Hanna Holland landed a 12-point effort while Jessica Vasquez (eight), Summer Anderson (seven) and Viviana Aguilar (two) also scored. Vasquez was rolling on the momentum of 14-point effort in a win over Lathrop on Tuesday.
“The girls played good and got after it tonight,” Oakdale coach Murrell Esparza said.
Oakdale made it a game after a three-point advantage in the final quarter, but fell 39-36 to Kimball on Friday. The Jaguars scored 23-second quarter points to take a lead Oakdale couldn’t match. Dylanie Donahue scored 11 for Oakdale while Anna Perrone chipped in nine. Cayle O’Neal tallied six while Abrianna Munoz (four), Cherish Harlan (three) and Alexis Tidball (three) all found the bottom of the net.
“We just had trouble with them in the second quarter,” Oakdale coach Gary Smith said. “We did better in the second half.”