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Posz, Young score 22 each as EU avenges lone VOL loss

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East Union's Krystal Young gets inside position for the offensive rebound but the ball gets pulled down by Weston Ranch guard Timnesha Wilson.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED February 10, 2010 2:30 a.m.
The nets are still hanging from the rims at Dalben Center — for now.

East Union High’s girls basketball team will save the celebration for its fourth straight Valley Oak League championship and fifth in six years after clinching a share Tuesday with a 60-47 victory over Weston Ranch.

East Union (12-1, 20-4 overall) continued another impressive streak by winning its 33rd straight at home, and in doing so avenged its only conference defeat of the season to make it that much sweeter.

The Cougars (6-7, 13-11) beat EU at home 50-40 in their first meeting on Jan. 15.

“They’ve been having teams coming at them the whole year with their best punch every single night, but they step up and just play like a championship team,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “They’re not satisfied yet, they want more.”

Weston Ranch (6-7, 13-11 overall) gave the Lancers reason to sweat after clawing back from a 24-10 deficit and tying it at 33 with Jazmin Strane’s 3-pointer late in the third quarter.

But the Cougars were unable to get their first lead of the game thanks in large part to East Union’s Lexy Posz and Krystal Young, who each finished with 22 points and ignited a 15-1 fourth-quarter run that put it away.

Posz’s put-back at the end of the third quarter gave East Union the lead back for good, capping off a remarkable quarter in which she scored all of her team’s 11 points.

She pumped life into East Union’s offense that failed to score in the final 5 minutes of the second quarter. Posz ended the drought 30 seconds into the third with a drive along the baseline.

“I don’t think it was just me, my teammates got me the ball,” said Posz, who also had 11 rebounds. “I was looking for them too, but they found me at the right spots.”

Young finished with seven rebounds and six steals and took over in the fourth when she fired in 15 of her points.

Posz and Young picked up the slack after sophomore forward Shalane Jackson went down with a leg injury midway through the third. Jackson returned to action to start the fourth and ended up with 11 points and 16 rebounds.

“We knew that with Shalane out we didn’t have her presence inside,” Young said. “We had to find ways to keep scoring, tried to stay motivated and just shoot with confidence.”

Weston Ranch, hampered by foul trouble all night, also had a key player leave the game with an injury. Standout point guard Timnesha Wilson (nine points) took a hard shot while attempting a layup in the second quarter. She subbed back into the game late in the third, but Weston Ranch managed to make it a game without her.

Strane led Weston Ranch with 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks before fouling out. Courtney Duran added 12 points and 10 boards for the Cougars.

A playoff berth is still on the line for Weston Ranch with three regular-season games left.
Weston Ranch, which dropped six spots to No. 18 in the second release of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff power ratings, next hosts last-place Lathrop Thursday. Only the top 16 rated teams in each division qualify.

East Union, meanwhile, heads to Ceres to face Central Valley and moved up to the sixth seed from seventh in the power ratings.

“Every game still matters,” Young said. “We want to get a better (seed) for playoffs, and even though we clinched tonight we still want to be the only ones on top.”
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