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Buffs fight hard, but Lancers grind out a victory
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The Manteca High sophomore girls basketball team came to play Thursday evening at the Dalben Center, but after a slow first half, the Squires kicked it into gear and ran away with a 62-44 win.

Morgan Hulsebosch scored 17 for EU, while Briona Fontenot had 13 points and four assists.

Katrina Camara contributed 16, and Milissent Puahi-Olangca had 11 and five assists.

“We had to grind it out,” EU head coach Adrian McDaniel said. “It took us a while to get going. Manteca played hard. It took us a long time to put them away.”

Aireene Curry scored 12 for the Buffaloes, and Gabby Escobedo had 11.

Emily Owsely scored nine.

East Union (6-1 Valley Oak League, 12-4 overall) travels to Oakdale Tuesday, while Manteca hosts Sonora.

Sierra 52, Weston Ranch 40
The Timberwolves remained undefeated at 7-0 in VOL play behind 12 points from Stephanie Vanni and nine from Alysia Atkins.

Jordan Johnson and Lyssa Allen both scored eight.

Eight of 10 T’Wolves scored.

“Our bench stepped up and had a very good game,” Sierra head coach Arsenio Costa said.

Marcean Bryant had 15 for the Cougars, and Emily Medeiros had 11.

Manteca 49, East Union 42
Mia Ramirez continued to impress for the Baby Buffs (5-2 VOL, 10-6 overall) scoring 23, while Gabby Baxiola had 16.

Kristen Piasacki had 11 for the Pages, and Allison Telles had eight.

“I have to give it to Manteca,” EU head coach Larissa Founts said. “They played the best I’ve seen them play. They played with a lot of heart. They flat out came ready to play. We had an off night and have to get back into the groove of things.”

Manteca hosts Sonora Tuesday, while EU travels to Oakdale.

Sierra 46, Weston Ranch 38
Lia Unterholzner had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the T’Wolves win.

Kelly Paredes had 10 and four steals, while Allison Armstrong kicked in 10 points and six boards.

With the win, Sierra moved to 6-1 in VOL play and 15-4 overall.

— Brandon Petersen