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Buffaloes blast Kimball
East Union’s Lexy Posz goes to the basket for two of her game-high 24 points Tuesday in the Lancers’ victory over Lathrop High. For additional photos visit . - photo by CHRIS LEONARD
After reasserting themselves as the team to beat in the Valley Oak League with a victory over Weston Ranch last week, the Manteca High was able to start off things this week in style, blowing out visitingKimball 76-19 Tuesday in girls basketball action.

The Buffaloes had no sympathy on the senior-less jaguars, jumping out 44-13 after just two periods of play. Manteca was led by a standout effort from freshman Tia Tuuga, who led all scorers with 18 points. Teammate Sharon Washington added 16 to the win and Mariah Navarro got hot and shredded the Jaguars for her season-high 15 points.

Manteca (8-1 VOL, 17-3 overall) will look for its fourth consecutive VOL win Thursday when they travel to Sonora to take on the Wildcats. The Buffaloes crushed Sonora in their first meeting, stopping the Wildcats 57-33 back on January 13.

East Union 60, Lathrop 49

Lathrop put together one of its more impressive efforts of the season.

Lathrop was remarkable in the first half, battling the Lancers to a 25-25 tie and outscoring East Union 13-7 in the second quarter.

“This was the best game we’ve played this year,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “We rebounded well and put ourselves in position to make some shots.”

East Union was able to distance themselves from the Spartans with an 18-5 third quarter run, even though they were again outscored in the final period. Lexy Posz led all scorers with 24 points, while teammate Brionna Fontenot added 17.

Lathrop was led by Jasmine Elder’s 19 points and 10 rebounds, while teammate Erica Sanchez also finished with a double-double, collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Weston Ranch 72, Oakdale 28

The Cougars know how to bounce back from a tough loss.

Weston Ranch (7-2, 13-7) put the game out of reach early, scoring as many points as the Mustangs tallied in the game in the first quarter. Timnesha Wilson led all scorers with 13, while teammates Ashley Jocson with 12 and Emoni Wilson added 11.

Wilson also dished out nine assists, just missing out on a double-double.

“We all played well as a team,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “Now, we have to bounce back and have a good practice to get ready for Lathrop on Thursday.”

The Cougars will make the short trip south to visit the Spartans at 7:15 p.m.