Lathrop has qualified for the Sac-Joaquin Section boys basketball playoffs just once (2012) in four years, while Kimball is oh-fer going into its fourth varsity season.
Ripon Christian was able to slow down Mariposa's top player.
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
This may not be the veteran Sierra team that made the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III finals the last two years, but it is still Sierra.
Even in defeat, the East Union girls basketball team learned plenty about itself in Wednesday's Valley Oak League-opening contest with visiting Kimball.