TRACY — Jim Agostini has three more days to figure out what is troubling his East Union girls basketball team at the start of games.
The Lancers gave up the first seven points of the game to Modesto in opening-round action of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tom Hawkins Tournament at Tracy High’s Swenson Gym on Tuesday. They rallied for 25 unanswered points and steamrolled their way to a 59-30 win.
“My team, for whatever reason, has been starting off slow in these games,” Agostini said. “We talk about it, we’ve tried talking about it less, we’ve tried longer warm-ups — I don’t know. Other than that I liked the energy coming out of the holidays and having a few days off.”
East Union (8-1) turned it around with defense, causing turnovers that led to easy fastbreak points. Ruby Daube and Hailey Gosney helped get the Lancers out of their early rut, and the lead swelled to 36-13 by halftime.
Daube scored 12 of her 13 points in the first half and also had six assists and three steals. Gosney added eight points and six steals. Donja Payne dominated in the post, racking up 17 points and six rebounds in just three quarters of play. Nine of the 12 Lancers scored in the balanced effort.
Modesto (1-4) was led by Jessica Pedretti’s 10 points.
East Union looks for a better start to today’s winners-bracket contest with Bear Creek (9-2), which throttled Carson of Carson City, Nev., 77-22. They play tonight at 6:30.
“That’s something we have to figure out, because when we get into league we can’t afford to spot teams,” Agostini said. “That’s why we go into these tournaments. You want to get yourself battle-tested and see how your teams responds going into league play.”
Beyer 65, Ripon 49
Alicia Jones and Destiny Avelar accounted for 19 of Beyer’s 21 points in the first quarter, and the Patriots (5-3) outscored Ripon (5-5) 19-8 in the third quarter to break it open.
Avelar finished with 22 points and Jones had 20. The loss is the fourth straight for the Indians.
“Beyer did a great job of putting pressure on us, making us take quick shots,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “I thought we did a really nice job of breaking their press but did not finish at times. It was a good improvement from our last game with Los Banos.”
Reina Sausedo scored 12 points to pace Ripon. Mia Van Lewen and Rachel Sausedo chipped in nine apiece. The Indians take on Carson at 1 today.