Late free throws help Wood boys top Benicia

By From page B2 | January 09, 2013

VACAVILLE — Cameron Moore put the Wood High boys basketball team ahead to stay with a pair of free throws with just over a minute to play as the Wildcats held on to defeat Benicia 50-48 in nonleague action on Tuesday.

Davis Wade led Wood (11-7) with 17 points, while Jeremiah Burks netted 11 and Moore eight.

Wood led by as many as 10 in the fourth quarter before the Panthers came back to take a one-point lead. Benicia had a chance to tie it or take the lead, but missed three shots in the final 30 seconds.

“We played good defense,” Wood coach Mark Wudel said. “They didn’t give up any good shots on them the last 30 seconds and ended up coming out on top.”

The Wildcats host Vintage to open MEL play Friday.

Buckingham Charter 69, Sacramento Lutheran 22: At Vacaville, the Knights (11-3, 2-0 SMAL) won their 11th straight game as Joey Morales scored 11 points and Quinton Goss had nine points and six rebounds.

The Knights host Faith Christian on Thursday at Vaca Pena Middle School.

Prep girls basketball

Wood girls hammer Woodland

WOODLAND — Reana Hardin poured in 19 points and the Will C. Wood High girls basketball team allowed just 20 points through three quarters in cruising to a 58-36 nonleague win over Woodland on Tuesday.

Ashley Steinkellner and Selena Lopez each added 11 for the Wildcats (7-10).

“It was good to get a win and get ready to start the regular season, coming in with a couple wins under our belt,” Wood coach Bob Fernandez said. “We’re just trying to get better and do well (in the Monticello Empire League).”

Wood won the junior varsity game 52-34 as the Wildcats (4-13) got 27 points from Ashanti Randle, 14 from Donjanaye Washington and seven from Aira Shankles.

Wood opens MEL play at Vintage on Thursday.

Buckingham 36, Sacramento Lutheran 29: At Vaca Pena Middle School, the Knights (3-7, 1-1 SMAL) picked up their first Sacramento Metro Athletic League win of the season.

Juliana Page led BHS with 10 points, while Jasmine Gonzalez added eight points and seven rebounds. Selena Arana chipped-in four steals for the Knights.

“We finally played well in fourth quarter, the girls didn’t give up,” coach Tessa Threats said.

Buckingham is back in action Thursday at home against Faith Christian.

Daily Republic staff


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