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East Union, Manteca girls set for 1st-place showdown
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The stage is set for Friday’s rivalry showdown between East Union and Manteca High’s girls basketball teams.

East Union did its part Wednesday with a 37-29 win over visiting Sonora. The Lancers (15-2 overall) and Manteca are both 5-0 in the Valley Oak League.

Shalane Jackson’s triple-double performance — 14 points, 14 rebounds, 10 steals — helped East Union overcome its struggles against Sonora (2-3, 10-6), which led 10-5 after the first quarter and 27-22 going into the fourth.

Tiare Tu’uga earned game-high honors with 15 points.

“We had a (starter) sit the first quarter because she missed practice, and she sat for the third because of her foul situation,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We definitely came out sluggish, but after that we were fine. When we had our full (starting) lineup we outscored them 12-4 and 15-4 (in the second and fourth quarters, respectively).

Wednesday marked the start of a tough stretch for the Lancers, who visit Manteca Friday and host contending Weston Ranch on Jan. 25.

Manteca 68, Oakdale 27

The host Buffaloes (5-0, 17-1) had four players in double figures with Karleasha Thompson in the lead with 18 points.

Mikayla Hasal added 13 points, while Jessica Hasal and Jasmine Odell scored 10 apiece.

Oakdale (0-5, 4-13) was down 44-16 at halftime.

Weston Ranch 54, Kimball 42

The Cougars (4-1, 13-5) pulled away in the third quarter after leading 22-21 at halftime.

Jazmin Strane poured in 20 points and 12 rebounds to pace Weston Ranch. A.J. Brown had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Emoni Wilson and Leticia Infante each added eight. Infante also pulled down 11 rebounds.

“We had to grind it out,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “We had some kids sit because of (disciplinary) issues, so we had a slow start. We were able to pick it up in the second half and play some decent basketball.”


Sonora 41, East Union 38

Marina Salyer fired 14 points for the Squires (3-2, 10-6), who got nine more out of Kayla Torio.


East Union 49, Sonora 35

Rena Dragony recorded a double-double, and Tia Torio scored a game-high 13 points to help the Pages (5-0, 14-2) remain undefeated in league.

Sam Gonzales and Dragony each poured in 10 points, with Dragony also hauling down 11 boards. Destiny Flores contributed nine points and four assists.