Pleasanton pulls away late in beating YWLA

Pleasanton’s girls basketball team had a big fourth quarter to earn its second straight win, beating YWLA 40-29 at home on Friday.

The Eagles (9-11) made five of eight free throws in the fourth quarter while widening their lead.

“Those were really good. It was a little bit of pressure,” said Pleasanton head coach Daryl Rentfro.

Leading 27-24, Pleasanton had a 6-2 spurt to build a 33-26 edge, capped by a short jump shot by Madelynn Garza. YWLA cut it to 33-28 with 2:58 left. Then, Garza made a pair of free throws with 2:35 left. Heaven Marquez made a pair and Harper Brymer also made one to put the lead at 38-28.

Pleasanton led 18-15 at halftime and started the second half on a 7-1 run, spurred by a steal and fast break layup by Messiah San Miguel.

While YWLA came as close as two points away from the Eagles, Rentfro was happy to see his team hold YWLA to only three field goals made in the second half.

Pleasanton trailed 12-9 at the end of the first quarter, but scored the first six points of the second period.

“Learning through adversity has been the theme of the year for us,” Rentfro said.

Calli Jones and Garza both finished with six points. Baylee Bauer had five points.

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