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BASKETBALL: East Union gets defensive against dangerous Sierra
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East Union’s girls basketball team knew it could not take Sierra lightly on Thursday, and it took a strong defensive effort to hold off the dangerous Timberwolves at home, 44-32.

The Valley Oak League-leading Lancers (7-1, 17-3 overall) limited them to single-digit scoring in three quarters.

“Defense was really spot on tonight,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We held them to 14 in the second half. Really proud of the way the girls played defensively, and we had multiple players on the floor going for loose balls. That’s the type of effort we needed to have tonight playing against a Sierra team that might be playing their best basketball right now.”

On Wednesday, Sierra (3-7, 6-12)

Lani Tu’uga led the attack with 16 points, and Taylor Snaer had 12. Brianna Parker scored 12 for Sierra (3-7, 6-12), which played a third game in as many nights. Abigail Chapman contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

The Timberwolves took second-place Kimball down to the wire Wednesday night, coming up short, 44-41.


Manteca 50, Weston Ranch 34

The host Buffaloes (7-2 VOL, 15-5 overall) responded well after taking a blowout loss to Kimball earlier in the week. On Thursday, they jumped out to an 11-2 lead and widened the margin to 26-9 by halftime.

Izabella Sanchez tallied 11 points, and three steals. Marcelina Chaparro also had 11 points, adding four assists, five steals and two blocks.


Ripon 33, Hughson 23

Ripon (6-4, 15-9 overall) capped off a big week of Trans-Valley League play. For the second time in three nights, the Indians toppled one of the two teams in the league.

They did it on road and with defense, as Hughson (7-3, 15-10) could not muster more than six points in a quarter. Makenzie Loechler registered 10 points for Ripon, which won by double digits despite going 2-for-14 on free throws. Makayla Loewen paced the Huskies with eight points but was shut out in the second half.


Ripon Christian 43, Hilmar 42

Hilmar (0-9 TVL, 4-16 overall) missed two free throws in the final seconds, as the Knights (2-6, 3-14) escaped with the road win.

Maddi Yonker hit two free throws to give Ripon Christian the final lead. Kristen Van Elderen earlier hit a big 3-pointer with a minute left. Yonker ended with 15 points, and Kaylin Nydam contributed with nine.


Johansen 47, Lathrop 45

The Spartans (9-3, 19-7 overall) held a 10-point lead and were 5 minutes away from avenging one of their previous losses in Western Athletic Conference play.

Visiting Johansen (7-5, 13-12) scored two unanswered layups and hit a 3 to jump start its late push. Lathrop had a chance to stop the bleeding but missed two free throws, and the Vikings scored on back-to-back possessions to take the lead.

Lathrop stole the ball on an inbounds pass with 4.9 seconds left, and Kierstin Constantino had a look to at the basket to tie it but it went in and out of the hoop. Constantino finished with a team-high 12 points, and Egypt Jenkins had 11. 


Junior varsity

Lathrop 47, Johansen 11

Haven Urbina-Thierry needed just three quarters to outscore Johansen by herself, finishing with 12 points and three steals. Navi Kaur contributed 10 points, while Alaba Olaleye had seven points and six rebounds.

The Spartans are 11-0 in the WAC.