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Junior helped continue EU’s recent success but is hungry for more

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East Union High junior Lexy Posz produced 15.3 points, eight rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the Valley Oak League's four-time defending champion this past season.

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POSTED March 28, 2010 2:25 a.m.
Lexy Posz has accomplished a lot in her two varsity seasons for the East Union High girls basketball team, but she remains hungry going into her senior year.

The Bulletin’s All-Area Girls Basketball MVP led the Lancers to their fourth straight Valley Oak League championship and 10th consecutive Sac-Joaquin Section postseason appearance this past winter.

The 5-foot-8 wing was the answer to questions surrounding the team after it graduated the dynamic backcourt tandem of Rachel McDaniel and Ashley Rose, the Bulletin’s previous two All-Area MVP honorees. Christin Gowan was MVP for the 2006-07 season, making Posz the fourth different Lancer be named the area’s top player.

“I had big shoes to fill,” Posz said. “They definitely showed me a lot of leadership skills that I kind of took in and tried to (apply) this year. They made me want to make my game better.”

Posz’s all-around skills anchored East Union’s three-pronged attack that included sophomore forward Shalane Jackson in the post and senior Krystal Young in the perimeter.

Posz and Jackson were expected to fill the void left by the McDaniel-Rose combination, but Young’s surprise emergence tied it all together.

Young was EU’s top 3-point shooter and averaged 14.5 points, allowing role players such as center Rachel O’Neal and point guard Salina Tiscareno to focus on the little things while giving the team a third legitimate scoring threat.

“That helped a lot,” Posz said of Young’s play. “It took a lot of pressure off the both Shalane and I, and it was more of a team effort than just relying on one or two people.”

Posz finished the season averaging 15.3 points, eight rebounds, 4.5 assists and three steals. She also knocked down 33 3-pointers.

Being good at everything isn’t good enough for her, though. And when Oakdale standout guard Cassandra Clark was voted the VOL’s MVP, she didn’t take that as a slight. Posz saw it as a sign that she still has some work left to do.

Clark’s crowning as the conference MVP was a head-scratcher to some. She scored 18.9 points per game, but Oakdale finished fourth in the league at 9-7 (19-9 overall). East Union ended up 14-2, and 23-6 overall.

“She’s a good player,” Posz said. “(League MVP) is something I would have liked to have, but it gives me something to work for next year. There are some areas in my game that I need to work on. I can always shoot better and play better on defense.”

As far as team goals, Posz said that the Lancers’ season-ending 66-33 loss to perennial public-school power Del Oro in the second round of the SJS Division III playoffs gives them something to shoot for.

“When you play a team like that it’s a good thing, because that’s where we want our program to be,” Posz said. “Even though we lost, it was a good experience.”
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