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POSTED January 18, 2014 1:01 a.m.

Weston Ranch is all alone at the top of the Valley Oak League standings after a lopsided 67-30 victory on the road against Oakdale Friday night.

The Cougars (4-0 VOL, 10-4 overall) were led by junior Elisabeth Alexander’s team-high 16 points and took a commanding 25-6 lead after the first quarter.

Weston Ranch, which also received 14 from junior Victoria Gulley, led Oakdale (2-2, 11-6) by 36 after three quarters.

“Oakdale is playing well,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “They were able to knock off East Union and Sierra, and they were up on Kimball by 11 at the half.

“But our kids were focused. They came out and set the tone early.”

Weston Ranch also got 13 points from junior Rauline Martinez and 11 from senior A.J. Brown, and brought its full-court pressure relentlessly for the first three quarters.

“At the end of the third, we played half-court (defense) for the rest of the second half,” Bauer added.

Weston Ranch will be at East Union Wednesday night.

East Union 59, Lathrop 48

Sophomore Olivia Vezaldenos led the Lancers (1-3, 10-6) with 16 points, eight assists and seven boards as East Union charged out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and 34-21 at the break.

Lathrop (0-4, 4-12) won the second half by three points and were led by Loreal Taylor’s 18 points and 12 rebounds. EU, which went 12 of 14 from the free-throw line, was led by freshman standout Loretta Kakala’s game-high 20 points. Anna Wood added 13. Lathrop, which will host Oakdale Wednesday and visit Kimball Friday, also got nine from Akilah Lesley and six from Lauren Collins.

Kimball 67, Manteca 49

The Buffaloes (1-3, 4-13) trailed the entire game and went into the half down 34-22. The Buffaloes, led by Jessica Hasal’s 20 points, cut their deficit to six in the fourth quarter but couldn’t pull any closer. The Buffs also shot 16 of 36 from the free-throw line in the 18-point loss.

Kimball’s Sarah Nunes’ tallied the game-high 25 points and Allison Schmidt added 20. The two shooters for the Jaguars (3-1, 14-3) combined for seven 3-pointers. Manteca’s Abigail Behler netted seven and Mildred Perez added six. Manteca will visit Sierra Wednesday and hosts East Union Friday at Winter Gymnasium.

Sophomore

East Union 43, Lathrop 35

The Lancers, who improved to 3-1 in VOL, 12-2 overall, were led by Jessica Pablo and Marcella Salyer with 13 points apiece. Alissa Burrola chipped in with seven.

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