With three starters sitting the first half of Sierra's final nonleague contest at Downey on Friday, the Timberwolves had some trouble getting untracked against the winless host team.
Every practice ended the same.
The Liberty Ranch boys basketball team trailed by 17 points in the first quarter, had its best player foul out late in the fourth and missed its final six-free throw attempts at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Monday.
Born into a volleyball family, the sport was destined to take Andie Shelton places.
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.
Sierra's shooting woes continued Friday night, but the Timberwolves will gladly take the 27-23 victory over Livingston in the Pitman Holiday Classic in Turlock.
East Union is getting into an early-season groove, and just in time for its biggest challenge so far.
With leading scorer Sean Broker handcuffed by foul trouble, Ripon Christian had trouble getting untracked for three quarters against Los Banos in Thursday's first-round game in the Oakdale Rotary Classic.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Anna Cardenas strived to be No. 1 - on her own team.
RIPON - Two wins, two different reactions.
By JONAMAR JACINTO
Sierra was outscored 20-1 in the second quarter of its nonleague contest at Franklin of Stockton on Thursday.
LATHROP - Lathrop High's girls basketball team deserved a little break in what has been a rigged a pre-league schedule so far.
Not this time.
The Ripon Christian boys basketball team overcame Turlock Christian's considerable size advantage for a second time with Tuesday's commanding 64-51 triumph.
RIPON - Amber Hilvers searched for the words, trying her hardest not to sound disrespectful.
Gary Kron has been part of East Union High's greatest highlights and achievements on the basketball court.
In a game that featured a head-to-head showdown between the Valley Oak League's two best senior post players, it was the guards who made the difference.
Jan. 15 seems so long ago for Sierra's girls basketball team.
Weston Ranch punctuated the game with a 9-0 run and avoided an upset loss at Lathrop 63-52 on Thursday.
Mikey Villanueva was down and almost out during Wednesday's Valley Oak League double dual at Dalben Center.
Scott Brooks' old East Union basketball jersey will be joined by another this Friday night when the Lancers host crosstown rival Manteca.
ESCALON - Twenty-point leads aren't safe when Escalon and Ripon get together for their Trans-Valley League confrontations.
East Union was already down a starter who was out with an illness.
Manteca High's football team rode the backs of two powerful linemen in its historic 2013 campaign.
The Weston Ranch girls basketball roster has dwindled down to eight for the remainder of the season, but one key addition has the Cougars on pace for their first-ever VOL championship in their 10th season.
Ripon Christian's girls basketball has dominated second quarters of late.
The game had long been decided, but East Union relished its 54-27 victory after the final horn sounded at Manteca High's Winter Gym on Friday.