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Lancers race past WR with 21-3 4th quarter

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POSTED February 2, 2018 2:04 a.m.

The first three quarters belonged to Weston Ranch.
Then East Union dominated the fourth, and it was enough for the Lancers to sneak away with a needed 58-51-win Thursday at Dalben Center.
Trailing 48-37 going into the final period, East Union (6-4 Valley Oak League, 12-10 overall) — which is fighting for a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs — went on a 20-3 run and did not allow the Cougars (1-10, 4-20) to score until Justice Stitt drained a 3-poiner with 15 seconds to go.
“Weston Ranch played an excellent game, came in more ready to play than we did and shot the ball extremely well,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “My team gutted out a tough victory. They played extremely hard and got more engaged in the game in the second half.”
Donja Payne, still hobbled by an ankle injury sustained before the start of league play, led the second-half charge after not playing in the first two quarters. She finished with 14 points, while fellow post player Kayla Montoya scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half. Julia Vezaldenos paced East Union overall with 17 points.
Weston Ranch was ahead 31-21 at halftime, but the Lancers were able to stay in it through out by drawing fouls. They attempted 30 free throws to the Cougars’ seven.
“We saw the ball go through the hoop a little, and once that happened we got a lot more confidence and energy,” Agostini said.
Weston Ranch’s Stitt never cooled off after a hot start. She made six of 10 3-pointers and led all scorers with 23 points.
“We just stopped going to her for some reason,” Weston Ranch coach Darrell Johnson said. “She only touched the ball twice and took one shot in the fourth quarter. We stopped feeding the hot hand.”
Nia Boston and Jayla Evans pitched in 15 and nine points, respectively. Damaysha Huff contributed eight rebounds and three blocks
“It was probably our best defensive outing for three quarters,” Johnson said. “We didn’t walk away with the win, but it was a hard-fought game from start to finish. It wasn’t a walk in the park like the first one (a 75-47 win for EU). Hat goes off to them; they continued to work hard and we could not stop Donja Payne.”

Lathrop 51, Oakdale 30
OAKDALE — Mary Cotton came up short of a triple-double for the first-place Spartans (11-0, 18-4), notching nine points, 12 rebounds, nine blocks and four steals.
Myani Thornton was battling the flu but still managed to produce 13 points, six rebounds and six steals in limited action. Khiya Thornton tallied 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Semajynique Steen had 10 points and seven boards.
Lathrop led 24-14 at halftime before breaking it open with a 19-10 third quarter when Myani Thornton racked up nine points and four steals. Oakdale (3-7, 11-12) was led by Grace Higle’s 15 points.

Ripon 50, Escalon 41
RIPON — Trans-Valley League leading Ripon (8-0, 18-3 overall) rolled to its 10th straight victory after staking a 36-20 halftime lead.
Reina Sausedo scored 17 of her game-high 24 points in the first half, and Tianna Sidtikun recorded 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Shelby McCune fired 24 points for Escalon (4-5, 12-11).

Ripon Christian 58,
Riverbank 41
RIVERBANK — The Knights (5-4, 13-10) busted it open with a 16-6 third-quarter run and was led by Renae Heida’s 17 points and 14 rebounds.
Morgan Van Elderen contributed with 15 points, and Kelly Engle had nine.

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