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Lancers grind out road win with second-half effort

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POSTED January 8, 2010 2:29 a.m.
SONORA — The East Union Lancers traveled to Sonora and made the trip worthwhile with a 53-45 win over the Wildcats Thursday in Valley Oak League action.

The Lancers (2-0 VOL, 10-3) held a slim four-point halftime lead but increased their separation with raised intensity in the third period, holding Sonora (0-2, 5-8) to just seven points and reaping the benefits of their constant defensive pressure.

“Our transition game and our press were able to cause them a little bit of a problems early,” Lancer head coach Jim Agostini said. “We gave up too much in that first half and we weren’t too excited about that at all.

“The second half, we just had a good performance all the way around.”

East Union held the Wildcats to just 21 second half points, making the necessary adjustments during the halftime intermission. Lexy Posz paced the Lancer offense with a 20-point, nine rebound performance. Teammate Shalane Jackson turned in a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jackson was the difference in the second half, scoring 12 of her 14 over the final two quarters.

Krystal Young made it consecutive solid VOL contests, scoring 12 points to go along with six assists. Rachel O’Neal led the team in rebounding with 12.

The Lancers will try and keep their VOL record unblemished when they play host to the Sierra Timberwolves at 7:15 p.m. tonight. Sierra is coming off a loss to Ceres, but will always bring its best performance when they meet up with the Lancers.

“I’m not concerned about them,” Agostini said. “I’m just concerned with how we play (today). We’re playing our third game this week, on back-to-back nights after traveling to Sonora.

“Everybody in the league is in the same situation, so we just have to fight through this.”

Weston Ranch 45, Central Valley 36
STOCKTON — Weston Ranch (1-0, 8-4) had a comfortable 32-18, but had to hold off a late Central Valley rally to earn the win in its VOL opener.

“We made some turnovers and kind of got complacent,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “They ended up creeping back into the game, but we’ll take the win.”

Timnesha Wilson led all scorers with 12 points, while teammate Jazmin Strane handled the Cougars post offense with 10. The Cougars will have their hands full at 7:15 p.m. when they play host to the Manteca Buffaloes. Manteca comes into the contest with a perfect 2-0 VOL record, including a huge league-opening win over Oakdale, which had just one loss going into conference action.
— Jagada Chambers
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