It’s good to be 1-0.
The Strathmore High School Lady Spartans got their East Sequoia League season off on the right foot, handing homestanding Woodlake a 56-35 loss in girls’ basketball action Wednesday.
Sophomore Mariah Hernandez filled the stat sheet for Strathmore, meshing 21 points to go with nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
“(Hernandez) played with a little bit more urgency,” Strathmore coach Richard Miranda said. “I didn’t start her tonight. I think that motivated her a little more.”
Senior Kandyce Gurrola also stepped up for Strathmore, registering 20 points and four steals.
“She’s starting to be a leader on the floor,” Miranda said of Gurrola. “She’s our only senior.”
A strong start led to a good finish, as Strathmore amassed a 35-18 lead at the half.
“I told that girls that after tonight, three teams are gonna be 1-0, and three are gonna be 0-1,” Miranda said. “We wanted to be on the 1-0 side.”
The next league test for Strathmore will be against Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford Friday.
SHS - 17 18 06 15 -- 56.
WHS - 09 09 05 12 - 35.
Points: SHS - Mariah Hernandez, 21; Kandyce Gurrola, 20.
Rebounds: SHS - Hernandez, 9.
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