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BASKETBALL: King leads EU girls to win over her former team
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Kyshanti King canned a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half Tuesday, highlighting her 21-point night in East Union’s 60-46 victory over Weston Ranch at Dalben Center.
King, a junior guard, transferred from Weston Ranch and got to play against her old team for the first time. Her timely three punctuated a game-changing 12-0 run that set the Lancers (3-0 Valley Oak League, 15-3 overall) up for a 29-19 halftime lead.
East Union coach Jim Agostini said that if King was fired up to face the Cougars (0-2, 9-7) she hid it well.
“She handled it really well and had a great night,” he said. “Teammates were getting her the ball in the open court and she knocked down a big 3.”
Sisters Ala and Lani Tu’uga contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lancers. Lauren Pablo and Taylor Snear scored eight apiece.
It was an encouraging performance for the visiting Cougars, who led 19-17 with two minutes left in the first half. Senior guards Dearri Ross and Jennalyn Laminero paced them with 13 points each.
“In a game like that, a 12-0 run kills you,” first-year Weston Ranch coach Michael Williams said. “They’re a good team and I’m proud of how our girls battled. We were not expected to win or to be close, and they put up a fight.”
Weston Ranch hosts Central Catholic on Thursday, while East Union resumes its toughest stretch of the season with a trip to defending co-champion Kimball. The Lancers will then have their annual Hoops for the Cure event against Trans-Valley League contender Ripon on Saturday before taking on cross-town rival Manteca on Jan. 14.

Sierra 43, Oakdale 29
The inside-outside combination of Natalie Dias and Brianna Parker handled much of the scoring load for the Timberwolves (1-1 VOL, 13-5 overall), who otherwise relied on defense to overcome visiting Oakdale (0-3, 10-5).
Parker led all scorers with 17 points, while Dias chipped in with 12.

Lathrop 46, Beyer 44
MODESTO — The Spartans (2-0, 5-9 overall) came back from an early double-digit deficit to prevail in this battle between the Western Athletic Conference’s defending co-champions.
Beyer (0-3. 4-11) jumped ahead 13-2 and led 16-6 by the end of the opening quarter. Lathrop slowly chipped away and outscored the Patriots 15-5 in the third quarter for a 35-31 lead. The Spartans climbed back by attacking the basket, drawing fouls and converting shots from the foul line. They made 17 of 29 free throws.
Jasmine Denning produced 13 points and 14 rebounds for Lathrop. Kierstin Constantino contributed nien points and four assists, while Crispa Ballesteros had seven points and five steals. Beyer was led by Veronica Gines’ 12 points.

Junior varsity boys
Ripon 59, Liberty Ranch 55

The Indians outscored the Hawks 18-8 in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Sausedo led Ripon with 19 points. Nolan Young added 14 points and Jacob Wallace 10.

Junior varsity girls
Lathrop 56, Beyer 31

Lylliana Avila poured in 18 points, while Jayza Dizon and Egypt Jenkins contributed 11 apiece in the Spartans’ landslide victory.

Freshman girls
Lathrop 42, Beyer 16

Kalani Soriano tallied 10 points, and Taimane Lowery added seven for the Spartans.