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Manteca tops Foothill for consolation championship

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POSTED December 31, 2009 2:51 a.m.
TRACY – Sharon Washington had another phenomenal outing leading her Manteca Buffaloes to the consolation championship of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament with a 50-40 win over Foothill High Wednesday.

Washington led the Buffaloes with 17 points and also secured seven rebounds and swiped six steals on her way towards a spot on the all-tournament team. The Buffaloes started off a little shaky, falling behind 17-9 after one period, but opened up the defensive intensity in the second period and took control of the tournament finale.

“Obviously in the second and third quarter we woke up and decided to play basketball,” Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt said. “We came out a little flat, but really responded over the next two quarters.”

Mikayla Hasal and Cynthia Perez both finished in double-figures for the Buffaloes with 10 points apiece. Hasal also added five steals and three assists in the win.

Manteca (7-4) maximized its tournament appearance, finishing 3-1 over the four days of action and gaining invaluable experience for a Valley Oak League season that appears wide open for the taking.

“It was a successful tournament without question,” Hiatt said. “I’m pleased with how the girls played. We have definitely gotten better from the beginning of the season to where we are now.

“I feel we are where we want to be heading into league.”

The Buffaloes open up league play on the road, traveling to Oakdale to take on the 9-1 Mustangs.

East Union 55, Enochs 35
After suffering an emotionally-draining loss to the Manteca Buffaloes Tuesday, the Lancers responded with grace, blowing past Enochs High in the final game of the Tracy Tournament.

Krystal Young led the Lancers with a game-high 24 points, while teammates Lexy Posz and Shalane Jackson both finished in double-figures with 13 apiece. Young’s game-pacing effort was her seventh straight game in double-digits, with her lowest point total coming the night before when she scored 14 against Manteca.

The win was more than a positive way to close out the non-league schedule; it gave the Lancer coaching staff a quality glimpse at the makeup of the league’s defending champions.

“One thing that as a coach I was worried about was how we would comeback after a tough loss,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “I was concerned about how much energy our girls would have after playing four games in four nights, but I was extremely pleased at the way they bounced back in what was a little bit of a difficult situation.”

The Lancers closed out the contest on a 20-2 run, laying the foundation for the VOL opener when the Ceres Bulldogs stroll into the Dalben Center Tuesday.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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