TRACY — East Union’s fall in the Valley Oak League standings continued Tuesday with a 54-45 loss at Kimball.
The reigning league champion Lancers (4-5, 15-7) have dropped four straight to league opponents and were coming off a 65-38 win over Ripon of the Trans-Valley League in Saturday’s 7th annual Hoops for the Cure Classic.
“We’re on a skid right now, but to be quite honest even though we’ve come up on the short end I thought our girls played well in the last two,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We’re seeing some more positives, we’re just going to have to keep working at it and finish it strong.”
East Union, now in fifth place, will need a strong finish in its final five regular-season contests. To assure themselves of a spot in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs, the Lancers will need to finish in the top three in league.
Donja Payne amassed 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks in East Union’s latest setback. Rube Daube added 13 points. Donwanae Anthony led second-place Kimball (7-2, 16-6) with 23 points.
The Jaguars built a 16-10 first-quarter lead and were up by as much as 11 in the third. East Union found away to climb back and cut it to one, 44-43, with nearly 2 minutes to go. The Lancers had a chance to take the lead after missing a free throw but missed the ensuing put-back.
Sierra 38, Oakdale 26
OAKDALE — The Timberwolves (1-8, 3-18) led wire to wire to tally their first VOL win of the season. They took a 24-9 lead into halftime and didn’t look back.
Jasmin Correa led the way with 14 points. Alison Edwards and Ameerah Othman chipped in eight apiece. Angelica Lowry paced Oakdale (2-7, 12-10) with 10 points.
“We did a great job defensively tonight and played as a team on the offensive end,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We were able to put together four consistent quarters.”
East Union 67, Kimball 38
TRACY — The undefeated Lancers went on a 22-8 run in the second quarter after it was tied at 14-all after one. They knocked down 10 3-pointers to race away with it.
Sarah Gloeckler collected 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. She also hit four 3-pointers. Nina Murphy added 15 points to the balanced effort. Julia Vezaldenos chimed in with 10 points, six steals and five rebounds. Leilani Menor scored nine points.