East Union’s basketball team has opened the season playing a quality brand of basketball, and that didn’t change Thursday for the Lancers. But the squad is coping with a 63-49 road loss to Davis High.
Immediate foul trouble to Shalane Jackson left the Lancers in search of offense. Davis had no such difficulties, exploiting the Lancers for its biggest spurts with Jackson sitting with three first quarter fouls.
“You never like to lose,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “But the important thing when you come up on the short end on nights like this, is do you learn from it.
“We’ve got some things we can definitely work on, taking care of the basketball and valuing the ball a little more are areas for work.”
East Union got a huge performance from Tiare Tu’uga, who contributed more than half of the Lancers points with a 25-point outing. Jackson contributed 11 points, four rebounds and four steals in limited action. Alyssa Gonigan also gave East Union quality minutes as the Lancers cut a huge deficit to just five with half of the fourth quarter remaining.
The Lancers will open Tracy Tournament action with a 6 p.m. matchup against Foothill High of Pleasanton Tuesday.
Ripon 45, Oakdale 13
The Indians wasted little time with the Mustangs, blasting Oakdale with a 28-5 halftime deficit after two quarters.
Taylor Bach led Ripon with a nine point contest, and teammates Kelsey Alexander and Abby Waters both chipped in with eight.
Cosumnes Oaks Tourney
Lathrop 42, Encina 30
The seventh place game of a tournament can be a measuring test for a team’s outlook heading into the league season, and the Spartans made good on their opportunity with a double-digit win over Encina.
Lathrop (1-7) snatched its first win from Encina with an effective first quarter, clamping down defensively and holding Encina to four points while exploding offensively for 17.
“Tonight was a positive move in the right direction,” Lathrop head coach Ed Fang said. “We ran the offense well, got the ball where we wanted to and handle the press.”
Jazlyn Simon guided the Spartans with 14 points, six assists, and three steals. Erica Sanchez added eight points and pulled down seven boards.
Lathrop will begin the Tracy Tournament Tuesday against Tracy High.
Cosumnes Oaks 38, Sierra 33
The Timberwolves (2-9) closed the gap to three with less than a minute remaining, but the tournament hosts converted on their late-game free throw attempts for the five point win.
Asia Cortez led Sierra with 12 points and teammate Celine Barber finished the tournament with a nine point effort. Sierra will be back on the court Thursday when they travel to Riverbank to take on the Bruins.
East Union 58, Grace Davis 41
Marina Salyer exploded for 22 points as East Union (7-3) closed its preseason schedule on a high note.
Sam Hines and Victoria Vezeldenez contributed 10 points apiece in the victory.
Grace Davis 47, East Union 45
The Lancers freshman class experienced their first high school loss Thursday when Grace Davis won by a bucket.
Rene Dragony erupted for 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Sam Gonzales added 10. Tia Toria pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with six points and four assists.