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East Union pounds Clark-less Oakdale
Tough stretch ahead for Lancers; at Sonora next
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Without reigning Valley Oak League MVP Cassandra Clark and two other starters, Oakdale High’s girls basketball team didn’t have a chance against the conference’s four-time defending champion.

Visiting East Union did all the damage it needed to inflict in the first quarter in a 55-14 pasting of the Mustangs, who lost their best player to a season-ending knee injury last week.

“It’s just a horrible thing to happen to her,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said of Clark. “It’s something you don’t wish on anyone, especially with this being her senior year.”

Still, East Union (4-0, 12-3 overall) had business to take care of leading into a tough three-game stretch that starts with Sonora on the road Tuesday.

The Lancers were well ahead after the first quarter, 21-0, and many of their reserves had already seen playing time by that point.

Lexy Posz’s 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals paced EU. Briona Fontenot pitched in 12 points, as 11 of 14 players contributed to the score.

“I really thought that everybody was looking to make the extra pass,” Agostini said. “We had 16 assists, which is around our average, and that’s a good sign.”

Sierra 50, Kimball 17

In Tracy, the Timberwolves (2-2, 10-5) made easy work of the first-year varsity Jaguars, who remain winless through 17 games. It was the second time this week that Sierra kept an opponent from hitting the 20-point barrier after crushing Oakdale 46-11 on Tuesday.

Sierra dominated in the post and was spearheaded by Alysia Atkins’ 21 points. Eight apiece came from Jordan Johnson and Lia Unterholzner.