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Linden tops Lady Lancers in tournament opener

Lexy Posz makes her way to the basket during East Union's first-round loss to Linden in the Tracy Tournament Saturday.

WAYNE THALLANDER/The Bulletin


POSTED December 27, 2009 1:48 a.m.
TRACY – The East Union Lancers were the defending champions of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Basketball Tournament, but that did not help the squad in this season’s tournament opener, dropping their first round game 47-46 to the Linden Lions.

Now, East Union (6-2) will have to shrug off the loss and not let the setback stop the team’s productivity throughout the loser’s bracket competition.

“You hope this doesn’t affect the rest of the tournament,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “We talked about coming in and defending our title; that is a good thing to have that opportunity.

“We of course want to win, but we’re a program that is just trying to get better with each game.”

East Union put up a valiant fight, going into halftime with a one-point lead. The Lancers showed resiliency, fighting off a strong Linden second quarter but could not gain any separation during the final period.

Krystal Young paced the Lancers with 17 points and seven assists, while Shalane Jackson had another impressive effort, with 15 points and 14 boards. Jackson was also solid from the charity stripe, sinking seven of nine free throws.

Foul trouble plagued junior Lexy Posz early, leading to her six point effort before fouling out in the fourth. Rachel Oneal played a bug part on the glass, pulling down 10 rebounds to land beneath Jackson on the rebound chart.

The Lancers will be back in tournament action Monday when they take on the loser of the Patterson-West contest at 4:30 p.m. at West High.

El Camino 60, Manteca 48
The Buffaloes trailed by a single point heading into the intermission, but a 10-0 third quarter El Camino run led to the Buffaloes’ first-round loss in the Tracy Tournament.

Manteca (4-4) pulled ahead for a one-point lead midway through the third, but El Camino would only let the Buffaloes hold the advantage for a brief moment in action.

“We really played great against a great team,” Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt said. “They had a lot of depth on their team. They had a 20-man roster and they weren’t afraid to rotate them in. They were very athletic and got up and down the court well.

“At one point we had a hard time keeping up.”

Sharon Washington led the Buffaloes with 16 points, also chipping in four assists and three steals. Freshman Mikayla Hasal had 12 points, four assists and three steals, while Cynthia Perez added eight points and a team-high 13 rebounds in the loss.

Manteca will continue tournament action when they meet up with the loser of the Los Banos-Modesto matchup Monday at 3 p.m.
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