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LOWER LEVELS: Manteca’s sophomore girls roll past Lathrop

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POSTED January 3, 2013 12:44 a.m.

Manteca High’s sophomore girls basketball team turned it on defensively after a rough first quarter and rolled past visiting Lathrop 58-35 to open Valley Oak League action Wednesday.

Lathrop was ahead 14-12 after the first quarter but was limited to five, eight and eight points in the following three periods.

Chelsea Burch burned Lathrop for 16 points, while Chelsea Gomez fired 13 points. Alyssa Burch contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Mildred Perez pulled down 12 boards.

Lauren Collins pumped in 13 points for Lathrop, and Regina Flores added nine.

Weston Ranch 44, Sonora 42

Terese Haley led all scorers with 18 points as Weston Ranch (1-0, 10-5) held off the visiting Wildcats. Kelly Laughlin and Crystal Fernandez scored six points each.

Kimball 48, East Union 28

In Tracy, the Squires (0-1, 6-4) struggled to get out of the gates as three starters were hit with early foul trouble before falling victim to a 17-3 second-quarter run.

Maddie Yslava paced EU with 10 points, and Anna Wood had nine.

Oakdale 44, Sierra 32

Kristen Maestretti’s all-around effort — which included 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks — wasn’t enough for Sierra to overcome the host Mustangs.

Sophomore boys

Kimball 48, East Union 47

At Dalben Center, East Union (1-0, 6-7) managed to climb back from a 10-point deficit and even took a lead in the second half, but Kimball sealed the win with a game-winning put-back in the closing seconds.

Cody Keener posted 18 points to pace EU, while Lucas Garcia contributed 11.

Manteca 53, Lathrop 46

In Lathrop, the visiting Buffaloes (1-0, 8-5) led comfortably 28-14 at halftime but allowed the Spartans to get to within five at one point in the second half.

Adrian Contreras anchored Manteca with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Lechi Nkwocha added 16 and 11. Keyshawn Shackleford chimed in with nine points.

Freshman girls

East Union 32, Kimball 31

Isabella Cardenas posted 10 points, and the Pages were able to escape Tracy with a close win. Mariah Jeffrey and Taylor Ward pitched in six points apiece.

Manteca 58, Lathrop 12

The Buffaloes (1-0, 8-0) kept their perfect record intact with a blowout victory spearheaded by Leah Manuleleua’s 14 points and Aryana Martinez’s 10 points and 13 rebounds. Manteca allowed no more than four points in a quarter.

Sierra 43, Oakdale 24

Devi Coglio and Kendelle Messersmith each registered 12 points to help Sierra (1-0, 9-2) cruise to a road win. Trayana Davis added nine points for the team.

Freshman boys

East Union 28, Kimball 27 (OT)

The Pages were shutout in the opening quarter still managed to prevail in overtime.

Austin Miller buried a key 3-pointer in the extra period, and Eric Flores’ field goal with two seconds remaining put them up for good. Malik Thomas led the way with seven points.

Sierra 49, Oakdale 38

The host Timberwolves used a 15-6 third-quarter run to spark a dominant second-half effort.

Jess Spivey fired 15 points to lead Sierra. Daniel Wyatt added 10 points, while Brian Terrell and Tanner Peterson added nine each.

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