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Taylor stays hot as Lathrop drubs Joho

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POSTED December 28, 2013 12:47 a.m.

Loreal Taylor continued her streak of 20-point efforts, and Lathrop snapped its second three-game skid of the early season with Friday’s 60-35 throttling of Johansen in the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at co-host Tracy High.

The 5-foot-9 Taylor, who is averaging a double-double, amassed 21 points and 13 rebounds while making 8 of 9 at the foul line. It marked the third straight game and fourth in the last five that she eclipsed the 20-point barrier.

“She’s on a tear and she sat out most of the fourth quarter today,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said.

Scoring balance keyed Lathrop (3-7), which had relied almost solely on Taylor for offense during its losing streak. Sophomore point guard Lauren Collins chipped in 12 points, five steals and three assists; while junior forward Desiree Mendola finished with 11 points, five rebounds and five steals.

Even Danya Phillips contributed six points in her first varsity contest. She is the second Spartan to be called up from the lower levels in as many days. Lathrop, missing key contributors to injuries, expects to have veteran guard Brianna Fernandez (dislocated knee cap) back in time for Valley Oak League play.

“We talked about getting some balance in our scoring and they really stepped up,” Fang said. “We needed that lift.”

The biggest lift came from the all-around defensive effort. Lathrop outscored the Vikings (1-7) of Modesto 21-7 in the second quarter and led 33-18 at halftime.

“We made a lot of stops defensively in the second quarter and were able to get out on the break and run our offense,” Fang said.

Lathrop takes on Mills in the consolation semifinals tonight at 7:30 at West High.



Mills 51, Manteca 48 (OT)

The Buffaloes (2-7) trailed by double digits early on and nearly pulled it out in overtime to set up an all-VOL showdown with Lathrop in the consolation bracket. Manteca outpointed the Vikings (5-5) from Millbrae 18-10 in the fourth quarter to force the extra period.

Allison Rachels accounted for seven of the Buffaloes’ points in the fourth.

“I was proud of our girls,” Manteca coach Cody Norman said. “We’re still learning how to play together and as a team ... Mills played scrappy, which made our girls step up.”

Mills was led by Madison Sui, who scored 27 points. Jessica Hasal finished with 13 to pace Manteca, and Abigail Behler turned in 11.

Manteca plays Johansen tonight starting 4:30 at West.



McNair 69, East Union 30

East Union (6-3) was simply outmatched by Division-I power McNair (9-0) in their winners-bracket quarterfinal.

Oklahoma State-bound Mandy Coleman tallied game-high 19 points for the Eagles, and Brandy Hornsby contributed 16. Freshman center Loretta Kakala had10 points to lead East Union, which encounters tourney co-host West at Tracy High today at 3.

“Their pressure defense really created a lot of problems for us,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “Their overall team speed is something that we would like to get to. Just a really good basketball team.”

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