FRESNO — The Sierra Pacific girls team has had success at the Holiday Classic at Hoover High School over the first two days.
On Wednesday, Sierra Pacific (3-0) had no problems dispatching Sunnyside 65-15. A running clock was implemented in the second half.
The Golden Bears jumped out to a 20-point lead after the first quarter and led 50-11 at halftime. Haley Bettencourt led the team with 13 points, Hailey Leslie and Kalea Bush each had 11 points and Cristina Avila finished with nine points.
Thursday’s contest proved to be much more difficult as they faced Fresno High, but they still eked out a 52-49 win.
Sierra Pacific built up a 22-8 lead after one, but were outscored 16-6 after the second quarter and led 28-24 at halftime.
Entering the fourth quarter, Sierra Pacific clung to a 37-35 lead, but held on in the final quarter.
Bettencourt had a team-high 18 points and Janae Tolbert had 12 points.
HANFORD — Marco Sanchez had a pair of goals for Sierra Pacific on Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough as the team fell to Riverdale 6-2.
Sierra Pacific (1-3) trailed 4-2 at halftime and couldn’t muster up any offense in the second half. Carson Timmerman picked up both assists in the loss and goalkeeper Leo Olvera had seven saves.
After losing two in a row, the team will try and get back on the winning track in the Jim Ingles tournament at Lemoore Friday and Saturday.
HANFORD — The Hanford girls team had an explosive game on Thursday winning 10-0 and getting off to a remarkable start.
Sheyenne Hodge had four goals and Danae Hill had three goals. Hanford coach DelRay Dias said, “The team was just having one of those games where everything we’ve been talking about and wanting to do just happened like it was supposed to.”
Goalkeeper Hanna Murrieta had two saves, but neither were real scoring threats. The team’s offensive outburst saw 25 shots.
Hanford takes on Redwood next Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the road.