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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Taylor Snaer, East Union girls basketball
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Taylor Snaer

With key absences on the team during the final week of the regular season, the junior guard stepped up to help lug the shorthanded Lancers across the finish line with a second straight Valley Oak League championship in hand.

East Union, which earned the crown outright with an 11-1 league record (21-3 overall), played three games in consecutive days last week including two against its cross-town rivals. Snaer averaged 21 points over the three-day stretch but was also key in defending the top perimeter players on each opposing squad.

“Her conditioning, the extra work she puts in with her dad during the course of the year showed,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said, noting that the Lancers played five games in eight days. “I think her leadership among the core players that we have definitely put us over the top in league play and helped us to win the VOL title.”

The Lancers routed Oakdale on the road 65-32 last Tuesday, Feb. 8 despite missing two starters. Snaer led them with 25 points, four assists and three rebounds.

The following night, she racked up 20 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in a 61-40 blowout at Sierra. East Union closed the week at home against Manteca, winning 50-43 with Snaer contributing 18 points.

Snaer averaged with league-high averages of 19 points and 4.3 assists. She also grabbed 4.6 rebounds per game, and hit 63% of her free throws.