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Spartans conquer Mountain House

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POSTED December 12, 2017 1:25 a.m.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Fresh off her MVP effort in the Lathrop girls basketball team’s run to the Delta Queens Classic championship, Myani Thornton tallied 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals on Monday to pace the surging Spartans to a 62-47 win over reigning Trans-Valley League champion Mountain House.

It was a rematch of their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff opener won by Lathrop, 57-48. The Spartans (4-1) have now won four straight after dropping their first game of the season at Cosumnes Oaks.

“We’re focused right now,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “Our first game we had a turnover fest, and I think we were not quite ready to start the season. Now we think we can play with anybody.

Lathrop did it once again with defense and a balanced scoring while registering a season-low 10 turnovers. Khiya Thornton contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Semaj Steen added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Rylene Crull ended with eight points six boards. Kaysey Matela had four rebounds, four steals and three steals to go with five points.

The Spartans jumped ahead 24-14 after the first quarter and kept the lead from there. Myani Thornton got them rolling by scoring 14 of her points in the first half. Mariana Holtz paced the Mustangs (1-2) with 12 points.

“We pushed it at them all night and defended them from end to end,” Davis said. “It was one of the best defensive games we’ve played.”


Merced 62, East Union 58

The Lancers (1-3) started with a 15-5 lead before Merced (7-2) caught fire from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Bears drained eight 3s in all and were led by Amaya Ervin’s 27 points and Amari Stamps’ 17. Donja Payne amassed 25 points and 22 rebounds for East Union. Hailey Gosney and Nina Murphy scored 10 points apiece.


Ripon 48, Oakdale 44

RIPON — Ripon (4-0) led by as much as 12 before holding off the Mustangs (4-2) for its fourth straight win to start the season.

Reina and Rachel Sausedo each drained a key 3-pointer down the stretch, finishing with 14 points, respectively. Mia Van Lewen chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.

Caroline Hamilton fired 15 points for Oakdale.


Tokay 63, Weston Ranch 50

LODI — Freshman Chloe Boron-Trotter led Tokay (4-5) with 29 points, including five 3s.

Justice Stitt scored 20 points for Weston Ranch (1-5), and Asani White collected 13 points and 13 rebounds.

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