WATSONVILLE—Watsonville High senior Maritza Resendiz was in the right place at the right time in last week’s win for the Wildcatz girls’ basketball team.
Resendiz stood just below the right side of the baseline and grabbed the offensive rebound, putting it back in for the go-ahead bucket en route to a 50-48 victory over Alisal High in Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division action Feb. 3.
With the win, the Wildcatz are still alive in the race for a league title.
Resendiz said she doubted herself before taking the shot but without any hesitation she put the ball up and the rest was history.
“I just got the ball and put it back in,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to go in.”
Watsonville led for most of the game but the Torojans made a strong push to go up 48-45 with a little more than a minute left in the fourth quarter.
Down by three points, junior Kaylani Trout-Lacy tied the game at 48-all after driving in for a layup and getting fouled in the process. She finished with 14 points for Watsonville.
Shortly later, it was Resendiz with the quick layup that put the Wildcatz ahead 50-48 with less than 10 seconds left in the game.
“I was nervous the whole time but I knew we could do it,” she said. “Honestly it was a mental game the whole time because there were a lot of girls who were stressed. But other than that I feel like we all came together.”
Junior guard Xitlali Montesino added 16 points for Watsonville (11-7, 6-2) which plays at Stevenson (13-3, 6-0) on Wednesday at 7pm.
Watsonville 58, Alvarez 49: Junior Kaylani Trout-Lacy had 19 points and 13 rebounds in the Wildcatz’s PCAL Mission Division win Feb. 1.
Lucynell Rosales added 12 points for the Wildcatz (9-7, 4-2) and fellow senior Marissa Martinez scored 10 points. Xitlali Montesino had seven points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.
Aptos 47, Scotts Valley 35: Jaylen Dang finished with 17 points, four assists and three rebounds for the Mariners in their win against the Falcons in Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League action Feb. 4.
Jasmine Ackerman recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists for Aptos (14-8, 5-4), which plays at San Lorenzo Valley High on Tuesday at 6pm.
Santa Cruz 49, Aptos 41: Jaylen Dang had 16 points and five rebounds for the Mariners in their loss to the Cardinals on Feb. 2.
Jasmine Ackerman posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Aptos.
Aptos 49, San Lorenzo Valley 31: Jasmine Ackerman had 11 points, seven rebounds and three of the Mariners’ 18 steals in their SCCAL win Feb. 1.
Jaylen Dang had a team-high 14 points and added three rebounds for Aptos.
Alisal 67, St. Francis 40: The Sharks lost their Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress Division game Friday.
St. Francis (6-8, 3-4) will host Monterey High today at 7pm.
St. Francis 33, Gilroy 27: Aaliysah Gomez scored 11 points, and the Sharks won their Pacific Coast Athletic League Cypress Division game Feb. 2.
Nevaeh Litel scored eight points for the Sharks and Samantha Orradre chipped in with four points.