Merced College's second conquest this season of Fresno City College on the Rams' court in women's basketball carried much more historical significance Saturday.
The Blue Devils' depth trumped a 36-point performance by Fresno City's Keyora Wharry and they closed with a 44-28 rush in the second half to rally for a 70-65 victory — ending the Rams' seven-year, 68-game Central Valley Conference winning streak under coach Brian Tessler. It also stopped his 83-game league streak dating to when he was at Reedley.
Sonji Green, a sophomore center from Edison, delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds, Rogenee Russell had 17 points and nine rebounds, Trinity Washington contributed 10 points and eight assists and Presley Ringeisen scored all 10 of her points in the second half for Merced.
The Blue Devils, who beat the Rams 84-73 for the championship of the Fresno City Tournament in December, improved to 16-8 overall and 5-2 in the league.
Wharry, a sophomore from Edison, also had 16 rebounds before fouling out for Fresno City (21-3, 6-1), which is ranked second in the state and No. 1 in Northern California.
Walter Orr scored 18 points and Reedley gave up only four baskets in the second half to defeat West Hills 56-43 in a CVC men's game.
Fresno City wins behind Alvarado's arm
Jorge Alvarado, a Fresno Bee All-Star from Fresno High, where he won 27 career games, gave up four hits and struck out nine in six innings as Fresno City defeated Monterey 4-0 in a nonleague game.
The Rams, top-ranked in NorCal, also received two-run hits from Scott Silva and Christian Parra, and a save from Jimmy Brager.
Three walks — two intentional — loaded the bases before a fourth brought home the winning run in the 11th inning as NorCal No. 7 San Mateo beat visiting Reedley 2-1. McKay McNair gave up four hits in the first eight innings for the Tigers.
Monsters survive in OT
Jordan Fontaine scored the winning goal in double overtime as the Fresno Monsters escaped with a 3-2 Western States Hockey League victory on the road against the Ogden Mustangs.
The Monsters (28-4-1) gave up a tying goal at 9:38 of the third.