BENICIA — Aleseana Whitney poured in 25 points and Mariah Williams added 23, both career highs, as the Vanden High girls basketball team overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to clinch its 13th straight league title with a 70-64 victory over Benicia, Tuesday.
“Benicia played a great first half,” said Allison Johnson, who’s coached the Vikings to league crowns in each of her nine seasons. “Anything that could’ve gone wrong for us went wrong. . . . In the second half we made some defensive adjustments. As they ran out of gas, (we) warmed up. They had no answer for our inside game.”
Whitney also contributed 11 rebounds, while Williams was a force in helping Vanden (22-3, 8-0 SCAC) outscore Benicia 25-11 in the fourth quarter with 11 points in the period.
Nikki Andaya led the Panthers with 27 points, while Adrianna Williams had 21.
Vanden’s JV team rolled to a 49-35 victory as Brittney Livingston led the Vikings (16-7, 8-0 SCAC) with 13 points, while Bria Barnette and Kaily McDaniel each netted nine.
Vanden entertains American Canyon on Thursday.
Rodriguez 61, Wood 33: At Fairfield, the Mustangs (13-12, 5-3 MEL) broke 1 15-15 tie after a quarter with a 23-8 second period and held the Wildcats to single digits the rest of the way.
Jophiea Irvin erupted for 23 points, while Raeona Ford added 22 points, including four 3-pointers.
Reana Hardin led Wood with 14 points, while Selena Lopez and Ashley Steinkellner added eight each.
Rodriguez won the JV game 39-27.
The Wildcats (4-21, 0-8 MEL) got 11 points each from Ashanti Randle and Donjanaye Washington.
Rodriguez visits Armijo on Thursday, while Wood is at Vacaville.