Orestimba came away with championship honors last weekend in the second annual Valerie Lugo Invitational girls basketball tournament at Los Banos High.
Solid defense helped pave the way for the Lady Warriors, who allowed no more than 32 points in any of their three tournament games and won each by a double digit margin.
Jade Robinson was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Orestimba teammate Reagan Marroquin was also named to the all-tournament team.
“We’re coming together as a team and are focused on making specific improvements each game. The girls have put in a lot of work and they are continuing to work,” commented head coach Scott Felber. “It really showed in this tournament. Each game was better than the game before.”
Orestimba played outstanding team defense, forced numerous turnovers and was strong on the boards throughout the tournament, he added.
Orestimba wrapped up the title with a 51-32 win over Madera in the championship game Saturday.
The Lady Warriors dominated the middle quarters in the win. A 12-3 second-quarter run staked OHS to a 23-12 halftime lead, and the Lady Warriors carried a 40-20 lead into the final eight minutes.
Jessica Villarreal lit up the board for 15 points to lead Orestimba. Ciera Thibodeau put up 11, and Robinson was in double figures with 10 points. Marroquin finished with five, Elizabeth Lilly netted four and Sarah Millan, Rubi Parra and Jazlyn Tucker each added two points.
OHS 61, Los Banos 48
The host Tigers had Orestimba on the ropes early, but the Lady Warriors dominated the second half to put the win in the books.
Orestimba trailed 17-11 after a quarter and was down 29-24 at the break before taking the lead with a 19-6 third-quarter run.
Robinson hit a number of big shots and Millan helped key the rally with shut-down defense.
Robinson had a big night, pouring in 22 points to lead Orestimba, and Millan was in double figures with 13 points. Villarreal put up nine, Marroquin scored eight, Thibodeau was in the book with six points and Parra added three.
OHS 64, Dos Palos 25
The Broncos were no match for Orestimba in opening round play Thursday. The Lady Warriors set the tone early with a 22-point first quarter and never looked back.
Marroquin stepped up to lead Orestimba with 16 points. Thibodeau put up 14, Millan netted 13 and Parra was in double figures with 10. Villarreal finished with six points, Robinson scored three and Lilly finished with two points.
OHS 75, Lathrop 40
Orestimba opened the week with a 75-40 win over Lathrop.
Marroquin and Parra put on a scoring show with 24 and 23 points respectively, and Millan was in double figures with 12. Villarreal finished with nine points, Robinson scored five and Tucker chipped in with two points.
Parra grabbed a dozen rebounds for the West Siders.