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Manteca rides early lead to victory

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POSTED January 30, 2013 12:18 a.m.

LATHROP – Lathrop responded with a ferocious last-ditch effort, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough as Manteca established an early lead and it never surrendered in a 58-49 win over the Spartans Tuesday.

Lathrop got a huge effort from senior Loreal Taylor who led all scorers with 21, and from Manraj Kaur also finished in double-figures with 13.

Manteca (9-0 VOL, 15-6 overall) had seven players in the scoinrg column, getting 16 and 14 from Courtney Range and Mikayla Hasal, respectively. Jessica Hasal (nine points) and Jasmine Odell (eight points) also made significant contributions.

“Mikayla did a great job of running our plays and getting us set up,” Manteca head coach Cody Norman said. “She got to the basket on almost every attempt and did a good job of finishing around the basket and finding open teammates.”

Lathrop (2-7, 7-14) will try and get things figured out when they host East Union Thursday, while Manteca will play host to the Kimball Jaguars.

Weston Ranch 73, Sonora 56

The Cougars outscored Sonora 37-15 in the first half and it was finished.

Sonora made a second half push behind a 28-point third quarter, but a productive fourth quarter would fend the Wildcats off.

Elisabteh Alexander led the way for Weston Ranch with 21 points, while Brionna White finished in double-figures with 14. Anna Haley chipped in with nine.

The Cougars (8-1, 13-7) will try and keep things rolling in the right direction when they travel to winless Oakdale Thursday.

Kimball 58, East Union 36

The Lancers are continuing through a rough stage of growing, ceasing their recent turn at one game with a loss to the Jaguars Tuesday in league play.

East Union got a double-digit effort from Alyssa Gonnigan with 10 points, while both Victoria and Olivia Vezaldenos chipped in with eight.

East Union (3-6, 7-13) will look for its fourth league win when they travel to Lathrop to take on the Spartans.

Sophomore

Kimball 38, East Union 23

The Lancers built a first half lead, but could not protect it in a 15-point loss to the Kimball Jaguars Tuesday.

Anna Wood and Destiny Flores both had productive games for the Lancers, chipping in nine points apiece.

Lathrop 53, Manteca 52

The Bufflaoes dropped a heart-breaker, falling to the Spartans by a single point after trailing the entire contests.

Manteca had three players in double figures, with Alyssa Burch (13 points, 14 rebounds), Mildred Perez (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Chelsea Burch (10 points) leading the club.

Freshman

Manteca 44, Lathrop 24

The Buffaloes (7-2, 14-3) got a double-double from Celina Burks to cruise past the host Spartans by 20 Tuesday.

Burks had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Manteca, while Aryana Martinez chipped in with 12.

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