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Manteca girls race past Lathrop

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Manteca girls race past Lathrop

Lathrop High’s Loreal Taylor is smothered by Manteca defender Myklyn Balmut on Jan. 11.

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POSTED February 8, 2012 1:00 a.m.

Manteca High used its superior team speed to knock off host Lathrop 72-51 in Valley Oak League girls basketball action Tuesday.

The Buffaloes (9-2, 21-3 overall) — who were led by Mikayla Hasal’s 21 points and Karleasha Thompson’s 18 — raced to a 33-22 halftime lead and never broke stride from there.

“Manteca is a very quick, very guard-oriented team,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said. “Offensively we did OK, but they were able to score on fastbreaks and just running it down the court.”

With the rest of the VOL girls teams idle Tuesday, Manteca closed to within a game and a half of conference-leading East Union, which hosts playoff hopeful Kimball tonight.

Lathrop (1-10, 4-18) was paced by a pair of sophomores: guard Jasmine Calix made three of four 3-point attempts and poured in 15 points, while center Loreal Taylor hauled down 13 rebounds to go with 13 points. Jazlyn Simon, the Spartans’ dynamic playmaker, was in foul trouble all game. She was tagged with four fouls in the first half and sat out the entire third quarter. Simon then fouled out a mere moments after re-entering early in the fourth.

Sophomore

Lathrop 48, Manteca 47

Taylor Conley’s 3-pointer was the deciding bucket of this overtime thriller at Lathrop (5-6, 13-7). Conley finished with nine points.

Other Spartan standouts included Brianna Fernandez (16 points), Jenessa Alejandro (11 points) and Akilah Lesley (10 points). Nadeen Pena was credited for outstanding defensive play.

Freshman

Lathrop 33, Manteca 30

Perla Vargas fired six points in the fourth quarter to lead Lathrop’s come-from-behind victory. The Spartans (6-5, 11-8) trailed by three after three quarters.

Melissa Ponce, Ithzel Valdez and Asianya Jones each chipped in clutch free throws in crunch time, while Stephanie Rasdas sank a big shot from the perimeter.

Overall, Vargas led Lathrop with 12 points.

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