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Vezaldenos sparks Lancers

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POSTED December 6, 2013 12:16 a.m.

Olivia Vezaldenos and the East Union girls basketball team started the season with a bang Thursday in Modesto.

The sophomore point guard’s triple-double spearheaded a 63-32 trouncing of host Downey. She finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 steals. Freshmen Loretta Kakala and Ruby Dauby contributed 12 and nine points, respectively, and 11 of 13 Lancers scored.

“She had a nice freshman year and got valuable experience,” EU coach Jim Agostini said. “She loves the game and gets after it. Her effort tonight was fun to watch.”

Vezaldenos helped set the tone early, starting the transition offense with scrappy defense. East Union led 16-3 after the first quarter and outscored the Knights 24-8 in the second. The Lancers amassed 21 steals and 16 assists.

Ripon Christian 41,
 Central Catholic 36

The Knights (1-1) are in today’s consolation championship of the 37th Annual Escalon Lions Club Tournament after outlasting Central Catholic.

Carly Tillema’s 15 points and 13 rebounds led Ripon Christian, which was without standout point guard Teagan Manus for the final three-plus quarters. Manus, who scored nine points in the opening period, went down early with a hip injury.

Amador Valley 66, Sierra 43

The Timberwolves couldn’t keep up with the East Bay powerhouse in Pleasanton but got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Tiffany Harris.


East Union 48, Downey 44

Alyssa Burrola (13 points, 5 assists), Jessica Batista (11 points, 5 steals) and Jessica Pablo (10 points, 5 assists) were in double figures in the Squires’ season-opening victory.


Ripon Christian 78,
Hilmar 37

Danny Vander Molen led the way with 18 points and was followed by Sean and Eric Broker’s 13 and 10, respectively. Ripon Christian continues play the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament tonight versus Calaveras.


Kimball 49, Manteca 29

The Buffaloes were worn down by Kimball’s pressure defense in the second half during their first-round contest in the Lathrop Tournament. Jose Garcia had 11 points to lead Manteca.

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