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Freshman tallies 21 for Enochs as EU drops seasons opener

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POSTED December 3, 2012 11:55 p.m.

Counting its Foundation Game, East Union’s girls basketball team played its second contest of the season on Monday in Modesto.

Host Enochs competed in its seventh, and the difference was evident by the outcome: a 55-38 drubbing in favor of the Eagles.

Freshman guard Katie Dillon was the anchor for a promising Enochs squad that has four underclassmen and only one senior. She fired 21 points, while sophomore Jenna Pablo added nine. Enochs improved to 5-2 on the season.

“They’re a pretty good team,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “They’re going to give the Modesto Metro (Conference) a run. Dillon is a real good player.”

The Vezaldenos sisters handled most of the scoring for EU. Victoria Vezaldenos finished 14 points, while her freshman sister Olivia chipped in with 13.

Enochs broke it open with a 24-9 second quarter and was ahead 38-17 by halftime.

“We played like we were still trying to get our basketball legs under us,” Agostini said. “We have been conditioning hard, but you still have to do it in a game. We did not have a bad first quarter (trailing 14-8), but in the second quarter we had to rotate players so we can get some rest in. After that I thought we played pretty well in the second half.”

East Union next hosts Downey tonight.

Modesto 53, Weston Ranch 50

A 21-6 scoring outburst in the third quarter wasn’t enough for the Cougars (1-1) to come away win on the road.

Trailing 45-32 to start the fourth, Modesto returned fire with a 21-5 flurry aided by Weston Ranch’s 1-for-9 effort from the free-throw line.

“It’s early in the season and we have a young group that’s making mental mistakes,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “We didn’t finish the game, and we have to do a better job of that.”

Emoni Wilson led the Ranch with 17 points and six steals. Briana White added nine points and 10 rebounds. The Cougars will defend their Stagg Tournament championship starting Thursday night with Chavez at 7.

Sophomore

Enochs 51, East Union 21

East Union committed 50 turnovers in its season opener and was led by Perla Juarez’s five points.

Weston Ranch 57, Modesto 29

The Cougars bounced back nicely from their 32-point loss to Del Oro, getting 11 points from Kelli Laughlin and 10 more from Victoria Gulley in a balanced scoring effort. Weston Ranch was able to ignite its offense with defense, as it collected 18 steals.

Freshman

Weston Ranch 48, Modesto 27

Sianne Singharath paced three Cougars in double digits with 15 points. Jennifer Viguerias chipped in 13, while Elysia Hernandez added 10.

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