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East Union clamps down in drubbing of Atwater

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POSTED December 13, 2012 12:24 a.m.

East Union showed signs of continued improvement in its 47-21 girls basketball win over visiting Atwater on Wednesday.

The Lancers (2-2) clamped down on the defensive end, holding Atwater (2-5) to single-digit scoring in every quarter including just two in the fourth. It was a solid bounce-back effort from Monday’s heartbreaking 51-50 defeat at Modesto, but more importantly to coach Jim Agostini his inexperienced squad is looking a little more experienced every day.

“As a group we’re coming along there, but we’re definitely not there yet,” he said. “There are areas we have to get better at, but we’re excited with the progress we’ve had so far. We can only say that we’re a young team for so long. At some point we have to go from being a young team to a veteran team.”

Freshman Olivia Vezaldenos has certainly proven she belongs at the varsity level so far. She racked up 14 points, four rebounds, six assists and four steals. Older sister Victoria Vezaldenos added 12 points and eight rebounds. Madison Hoffman contributed eight points, while Marina Salyer had five points, four assists and four steals.

East Union will get to see how far it has come early next week with 6-3 Riverbank and battle-tested Grace Davis of Modesto visiting Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

“We have two good tests next week, and if we can be competitive in those games we’ll be OK,” Agostini said.


East Union 32, Atwater 29

Anna Wood and Maddie Yslava turned in nine and eight points, respectively, to pace the Squires, who improved to 5-2.


East Union 30, Atwater 7

The Pages improved to 3-4 behind Isabella Cardenas’ eight points.

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