Recap from Tracy Press article – December 29, 2018
The Mountain House girls finished the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Girls Basketball Tournament with a 45-41 win over Patterson High on Saturday.
The win on Saturday at Tracy High’s Bill Swenson Gymnasium clinched one of the consolation trophies for the Mustangs (7-11, 1-2 Western Athletic Conference), who went 3-1 for the tournament, losing only to tournament champion Silver Creek, 67-36, on Thursday. Enochs claimed the third-place trophy with a 46-44 win over McKinleyville and East Union of Manteca claimed the other consolation trophy with a 53-31 win over Carson.
Mountain House senior Andrea Garcia, her team’s all-tournament selection, said four consecutive days of basketball served the team well.
“We’ve got a lot of good competition in league so this will help us get the cobwebs out and prepare us for league and be our best,” she said.
In Saturday’s game she was the leading scorer with 21 points, including 11 of 14 free throws, and she had six steals against Patterson (6-7).
“They had a close game with Ripon so we expected they were going to bring it to us,” she said. “They had a lot of good energy and everything we had to do was on the defensive end. Once we got the stops we could convert on offense.”
The Mustangs took the lead late in the first quarter and stayed ahead the rest of the way. Mountain House led 11-5 at the end of the first quarter. Patterson got within four points early in the third quarter and the Mustangs led by as much as 12 points later in the third.
Patterson ended up outscoring the Mustangs in the fourth quarter and cut the Mustangs’ lead to 44-41. Garcia hit one more free throw at the end, making eight of her 11 shots from the line in the fourth quarter.
Junior Natalie Moore-Raygoza scored 10 points for the Mustangs, and sophomore Maya Gorman scored six points and was also a strong defender with four blocks against Patterson’s taller players.
“I was thinking that we had to play hard, try our best and give it our all,” Gorman said. “I knew it was going to be a rough game but I thought if we could push through we would be able to win.
“It was getting close toward the third quarter and I felt, we’ve got to push through and play good defense.”
The Mustangs continue Western Athletic Conference play on Friday at Beyer High in Modesto.