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Kimball hands East Union 1st defeat in league

Jaguars outscore Lancers 23-7 in fourth quarter for upset

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Kimball hands East Union 1st defeat in league

East Union’s Shalane Jackson goes up strong during the Lancers’ VOL loss to Kimball Wednesday.

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POSTED February 9, 2012 12:52 a.m.

An unstoppable Kimball High offensive surge, coupled with what seemed like an never-ending East Union scoring drought culminated into the Jaguar’s 43-35 Valley Oak League upset Wednesday at the Dalben Center.

East Union (10-1, 20-3 overall) held a pseudo comfortable 28-20 lead heading into the final period when the Jaguars caught fire. Kimball reeled off 14 points in the quarter when East Union had only mustered three, taking the lead from the Lancers and securing the victory with 3-pointers from freshman Allison Schmidt and Alexis Clark.

“When teams hit shots that’s the way it is,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “I thought they hit some big shots late and you have to congratulate them on that.”

Kimball (7-4, 17-7) definitely hit shots, connecting on three 3-pointers and converting on 4-of-6 free throws. The Jaguars made jumpers, got a strong boost from Megan Bhathal in the paint and got points from five different players down the stretch.

East Union reaped the benefits of Tiare Tu’uga’s services for the first time since a 53-51 win over Weston Ranch Jan. 25. Tu’uga led the Lancers with nine first half points, but was forced back to the sidelines for the majority of the second half after aggravating her shoulder injury. Tu’uga would come back late, tallying East Union’s final point and cutting Kimball’s lead to 37-35.

The Lancers would not add another poin, and Kimball sealed the deal on the Lancers first VOL loss with Clark’s 30-footer from the top of the key.

“The girls have been practicing hard and we’ve talking about finishing all four quarters,” Kimball head coach Miguel Granillo said. “I kept on telling them ‘We’re still in the game, we’re still in the game’. The biggest thing was that they had a lot of confidence in themselves.

“They’ve played in a lot of great games and we are really maturing as we go on.”

Shalane Jackson finished with 10 points, while Tu’uga led the Lancers with 12.

Sophomore

East Union 56, Kimball 37

The Lancers had little difficulty taking care of visiting Kimball High, beating the Jaguars by 19 in VOL action Wednesday.

Maria Salyer led the Lancers with 16 points, while Victoria Vezaldenos and Sam Hines chipped in with eight.

 

To contact Jagada Chambers, email jchambers@mantecabulletin.com, or call (209) 249-3543.

 

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