Orestimba, with a Southern League championship already in hand, turned back rival Gustine Thursday night with another strong showing.
The Lady Warriors stayed unbeaten in league play with one game left in the season, while Gustine remained in the playoff hunt but was left needing a victory in the regular season finale tonight (Thursday) at Mariposa to punch its post-season ticket with certainty.
The Lady Reds became the first Southern League team to reach 40 points against Orestimba this season, but could not keep pace as the Lady Warriors prevailed 68-40.
Orestimba, which has dominated Southern League foes this season, had the game well in hand at the half with a 43-10 lead.
Jade Robinson and Sarah Millan led the Orestimba offense against Gustine. Robinson hit five treys on her way to a 21-point night, and had five assists for good measure. Millan finished with 18 points while also anchoring the boards with seven rebounds for OHS.
Jessica Villarreal hit three three-pointers to finish with nine on the night, Ciera Thibodeau had seven points to go with six rebounds, Reagan Marroquin and Jackie Lujan each scored four points, Rubi Parra was in the book with three and Xitlally Herrera added two points for the Lady Warriors.
Orestimba inched closer to its overall goal while improving to 11-0 in league play.
Head coach Scott Felber credited the work ethic of the team as a cornerstone for its success.
“Not only are they talented but they are willing to put in the work. They work hard all week at practice, including Saturdays, and they work on their own outside of practice to get better,” Felber commented. “They are never happy where they are at. They are a great group, and they hold each other accountable.”
Felber said the varsity Lady Warriors have had the goal from the start of the season of going to the state tournament.
“The girls are doing a great job of staying focused and not letting anything get in their way,” Felber commented. “They deserve the success they have found so far, but they’re not finished.”
Tianah Vitorino led Gustine with 13 points against Orestimba. Cynthia Castaneda scored nine, Magaly Macias put up six points, M.J. Haro and Alexis Barnett each added five and Ashley Lomeli rounded out the scoring with two points.
Gustine head coach Frank Azevedo said the Lady Reds played all four quarters without giving up against Orestimba.
He said Gustine, which stood at 7-4 with one game to play, controls its playoff fate. A win at Mariposa puts Gustine into the playoffs, Azevedo said, while a loss raises the prospect of Gustine being in a tie for third place in the league. The top three finished advance to the post-season.
OHS 74, Waterford 34
Orestimba clinched the league title outright with a big win against visiting Waterford last Tuesday. The Wildcats stayed in contention through a quarter, trailing 20-11, but Orestimba steadily pulled away.
Four Orestimba players finished in double figures. Robinson hit three treys on her way to a 19-point night. Millan and Marroquin each scored 14 points, and Villarreal was in double figures with a dozen points - all coming on three-pointers. Thibodeau was in the book with five points, Parra scored four, Herrera netted three, Elizabeth Lilly scored two points and Lujan added a free throw.
GHS 39, Delhi 20
The Lady Reds secured a crucial victory against Delhi last Tuesday to stay in the thick of the playoff chase.
Gustine got scoring contributions from across its lineup.
Castaneda led the West Siders with 12 points. Barnett put up five points, Lomeli scored four, Vitorino and Megan Azevedo each added three points, Lalanie Brace, Violette Terriquez, Anneza Rodriguez, Haro and Sophia Solorio each scored two points and Macias and Kayli Silveira each added a free throw.