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Lady RedHawks bow to Biggs
The second round of Mid-Valley League play opened with a bang as the Biggs High girls basketball team toppled Colusa for the second time.
Teale Stacey's desperation 3-point attempt at the buzzer missed tying the game by mere inches and the Wolverines held on to win 50-47 on Thursday night in Colusa.
Biggs beat the RedHawks by 16 points when they faced each other in the league opener, but Colusa won its next four games to enter the second half of league tied with Maxwell atop the standings.
With the victory, the Wolverines (10-12, 4-2) moved into a virtual three-way tie for second place with Colusa (9-12, 4-2) and Portola (16-4, 4-2), which travels to Williams today. Maxwell is the only team in the league with just one loss.
"We beat (Colusa) in the first round and then we just had a few bad games so we lost it and we're in second now. We were nervous but we knew we could do it," Biggs guard Aime Tinoco said.
Tinoco hit two free throws with 13 seconds remaining which forced the RedHawks to try a contested 3-pointer as time expired. Tinoco led the Wolverines with 13 points, four steals and three assists.
Colusa fell behind early but took a four-point lead with five seconds left in the first half, but Tinoco sank a 3-pointer from a few steps inside half court at the buzzer to make it a 21-20 game at the break.
The Wolverines carried the momentum into the second half and outscored Colusa 18-10 in the third quarter. The eight-point lead held until three minutes remained and the RedHawks started a furious rally.
Stacey tipped away a steal and scored on a fast break and Mollie Townzen cut the Wolverines' lead to four with a layup, before Delanie Little scored what would hold up as the winning bucket just inside the two-minute mark.
Salley Loeza and Stacey scored back-to-back buckets, and Townzen sank a free throw to make it a one-point game with 18 seconds remaining, before Tinoco hit two free throws and the Wolverines defense held up.
"I was totally nervous because our main post Rachael (Hedrick) fouled out, and my sister (Aide Tinoco) did too, so I was really nervous but I had faith in the other girls," Tinoco said.
Hedrick finished the game with 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Ashley Perez also had a big game for the Wolverines, scoring 12 points and grabbing three steals.
Stacey posted a double-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, Mollie Townzen contributed 11 points and 18 rebounds, and Loeza netted eight points.
"They're an aggressive little team, they just keep working hard," Colusa coach Jerry Davies said. "We know how to play good defense on these teams, and we've shown it against some tough teams in this league, just tonight was one of those ones where our youth showed up."
Both teams feature young starting lineups, the RedHawks have two senior starters, Stacey and Yasmin Moreno, who scored six points and grabbed four rebounds, and the Wolverines have two senior starters, Aime and Aide Tinoco, who had two points and three assists.
Free-throw shooting also doomed the RedHawks as they made just 9 of 26 free throws while the Wolverines hit 11 of 18.
The teams return to action on Tuesday with home games. The RedHawks welcome Quincy.
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 749-4789