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EU, Sierra split VOL lower level crowns
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Morgan Hulsebosch hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter Thursday night at Winter Gym where the East Union sophomore girls basketball team knocked off Manteca, 52-39.
With the win, East Union (21-4 overall) claimed its share of the Valley Oak League championship finishing alongside Sierra at 15-1 in league play.
“We had a great group of kids, it was so much fun,” EU head coach Adrian McDaniel said. “We had good players, but it was fun to watch them go for it.”
Briona Fontenot finished with 15 points, and Brittany LaMar added 11 rebounds and six steals.
Millicent Puahi-Olangca had eight assists.
Airrene Curry paced the Buffaloes with 19 and Dallas Mould had 10.
Sierra 65, Weston Ranch 44
Jasmine Currimao scored 10 of her 12 in the first half, setting the tone for Sierra’s own championship party.
Alysia Atkins had 20 and Lyssa Allen added 11 as most of Sierra’s starters had taken a seat before the start of the fourth.
Emily Medeiros had a big night for the Cougars, finishing with 23 points, while April Seth dropped seven.
Sierra 42, Weston Ranch 24
The Timberwolves needed a win to capture a share of the VOL crown, and that’s exactly what they got behind Lia Unterholzner’s 21 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Kelly Paredes had 10 points and five steals, and Joanna Ortiz added seven.
Shelby Shirron collected 14 rebounds and six steals.
“It was a nice way to end the season,” Sierra head coach Steve Unterholzner said. “we knew we had to win this one to have a chance at a piece of the VOL title and the girls stepped up.
“There was a lot of parity at the freshman level this year. It made for an exciting season.”
Sierra split the VOL championship with East Union and Central Valley after the Hawks pulled off a last-second stunner over Ceres Thursday night.
East Union 51, Manteca 46
Gina McCabe was brilliant, scoring 12 of her game-high 24 in a celebratory fourth quarter that produced a share of the crown for the Pages (13-3). Kirsten Piasaki added 11 points.
Karlesha Thompson led Manteca with 18 and Gabby Gaxiola added 11.
“I have never been so excited in my life, and I am just proud of my girls overall,” East Union coach Larissa Founts said. “It’s the best season for a first-time coach to start out with.”

— Brandon Petersen