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Posz sparks early run, ends with double-double

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East Union's Lexy Posz leads the fastbreak as Johansen's Kalyn Sargent closes in. Posz finished with 18 points, helping the Lancers improve to 3-0 in non-league action.

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POSTED December 10, 2009 1:46 a.m.
Lexy Posz and Shalane Jackson have quite the act to follow as East Union’s new dynamic duo.

So far they’ve proven to be up to the task.

Posz followed Monday’s career night with another outstanding all-around effort in a 55-42 victory over visiting Johansen of Modesto Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebound five assists, six steals and two blocks.

The junior anchored the now 3-0 Lancers to a 62-56 win against Modesto on Monday when she registered 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Posz was knocked out of the game by a Charley horse with 1:32 remaining after the knee of a Johansen player collided with her left calf muscle while chasing down a loose ball.

Sophomore forward Shalane Jackson contributed 11 points and nine boards and keyed EU’s 19-4 first-quarter run with three assists.

Guards Rachel McDaniel and Ashley Rose led the Lancers to their third straight Valley Oak League championship last season. They now play for Cal Baptist University and William Jessup University, respectively.

“Shalane and Lexy had two really good players to look up to last year, so the spotlight wasn’t always on them,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “They played their roles, and we have girls doing that now under them.

“Now it’s their turn, and they’re ready to go.”

Johansen countered with its own standout underclassmen in sophomore point guard Veanne Navarro. With her team struggling from the field, Navarro kept her team in it by scoring a game-high 25 points to go with five assists and five steals.

“We knew she’d give us some problems, so we just sagged in (the defense) the best we could,” Agostini said. “We had her for a while, but good players find a way to get it done.”

Agostini called Wednesday’s effort a “team win,” and Posz concurs.

Jackson and Posz took a much-deserved break to start the second quarter, and up to four Lancer reserves were on the court during the first three minutes.

East Union still held a double-digit lead at 21-10 by the time Jackson and Posz returned to action.

Johansen (6-3) cut the deficit to six, 29-23, after Navarro intercepted a pass and went coast to coast for an easy layup.

East Union could only muster seven points in the fourth, but back-up guard Rachel Hoppis put the Vikings away for good with a 3-pointer that made it 52-39 with 1:39 left.

Senior post Devan Heupel also did her part off the bench, as she pulled down all eight of her rebounds — five off the offensive glass — in the fourth quarter.

Starting guard Krystal Young added eight points and two 3-pointers.

“They work hard and push us,” Posz said of the complementary players. “We have good chemistry, so it doesn’t matter who is in the game for us.”

Johansen had a noticeable size advantage with the likes of 6-foot-2 wing Kalyn Sargent, 5-10 center Sonji Ballard, 6-1 sophomore Antionette Clinkscale and 5-10 Alexandra Cariker roaming the paint, but East Union outrebounded the Vikings, 49-30.

“Every team we play is going to be taller than us,” Agostini said. “That’s something we work on constantly, the little things like taking care of the ball and boxing out.”

East Union will have its hands full in the post in its next non-league contest Dec. 16, when it takes on Renique Fitzpatrick and the 3-1 Armijo Indians in Fairfield. Fitzpatrick leads the team with 17.3 points, 13 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game.

East Union 47, Johansen 18
The host Squires (2-1) jumped out to a 19-4 lead after a quarter of play, and Kristen Piasecki poured in 16 of her game-high 21 points in the first half.

Kelsey Emerson finished with 12 points and five rebounds. Allison Telles chipped in six points.

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