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GIRLS HOOPS ROUNDUP: Weston Ranch sprints past Sonora

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

An out-of-state trip may have done Weston Ranch some good.

The Cougars tipped off Valley Oak League play Wednesday with a surprising 83-61 thrashing of Sonora — surprising because the visiting Wildcats established themselves as a potential contender by racking up a few quality nonleague wins.

Weston Ranch (1-0, 6-5 overall), though, may be the most battle-tested squad in the VOL having played some of Nevada’s best in the Silver State Slam last week.

“Coming out of Reno we played much better,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “It was sloppy and kind of frantic at first, but once we finally hit our stride we were playing pretty well. It was nice to get that win; Sonora is a pesky little team.”

Sophomore forward Elisabeth Alexander poured in 20 points, and senior guard Emoni Wilson collected 18 to pace the Cougars. AJ Brown added 14, and Anna Haley had 13. Weston Ranch’s athleticism was too much for Sonora, and it also hit six 3-pointers.

Sierra 53, Oakdale 43

The Timberwolves (1-0, 5-6) never trailed with their guards setting the pace.

Freshmen Kayla Wilson and Katelyn Teixeira scored 15 and 12 points, respectively, in the tandem’s VOL debut, Celine Barber turned in 13 and point guard Asia Cortez muscled down seven rebounds.

Kimball 56, East Union 22

In Tracy, East Union (0-1, 4-7) struggled to slow down point guard Noni Kuumba, who managed to score 22 points despite not playing in the fourth quarter. Kuumba transferred from St. Mary’s and played for Brookside Christian as a freshman.

“Kimball was just the better team tonight. They beat us in all phases of the game,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said.

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