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EU knocks off Sierra to force deadlock
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The Sierra High sophomore girls basketball team had a chance to claim at least a share of the Valley Oak League crown — and all but wrap up the title outright — with a win at East Union Thursday night.

But the Lancers had other ideas.

Led by a number of impressive performances, perhaps none bigger than Katrina Camara’s seven points, 19 rebounds and six steals, East Union avenged its only loss of the VOL season with a 45-36 win over the previously unbeaten T’Wolves.

EU (19-4 overall) and Sierra are now tied atop the league standings at 12-1 with two games remaining.

“The last time we played Sierra, they outplayed and outhustled us,” EU head coach Adrian McDaniel said. “So I told the girls if they got outhustled this time, they would get beat.

“We were panicky with the bal to start but settled back down.”

Briona Fontenot finished with 10, and Morgan Hulsebosch had nine.

Millicent Puahi-Olangca had eight.

“We worked hard and played aggressively the whole game,” McDaniel said. “That made a big difference because Sierra works harder than everyone.”

Alysia Atkins paced the T’Wolves with 13 and Mallory Weiler had nine.

Lyssa Allen added six.

The Lancers host Oakdale Tuesday, while the T’Wolves welcome Central Valley.

Manteca 48, Weston Ranch 43
The Cougars raced out to a 24-16 halftime lead on the strength of a 17-point second quarter, but they couldn’t maintain the momentum in the second half.

Aireene Curry led the Buffs with 13, and Dallas Mould had 12.

Marcean Bryant paced the Cougars with 1, and Emily Medrios added 10.

Manteca travels to Sonora Tuesday.

The Cougars head to Ceres.

East Union 42, Sierra 33
Klasey Kachalkin had 14 points and Kristen Piasecki had 13 as the Pages handed Sierra (21-1 VOL, 24-2) its first league setback.

“It was the most satisfying win of our season,” EU head coach Larissa Founts said. “Our girls were able to come out and dominate a good Sierra team.”

Allison Armstrong paced Sierra with 15 and Lia Unterholzner added five points and 10 boards.

“East Union played an excellent game, it just wasn’t our night,” Sierra head coach Steve Unterholzner said. “East Union play a little bit harder than us and they deserved to win.”

The Lancers (12-3 VOL) host Oakdale Tuesday.

Sierra hosts Central Valley.

Manteca 59, Weston Ranch 32
Mia Ramirez paced the Baby Buffs with 29 points and four 3-pointers, and Jessica Reeder added eight.

Karen Crucla had 15 for the Cougars.

Manteca travels to Sonora Tuesday, while Weston Ranch travels to Ceres.

— Brandon Petersen