East Union passed its second big test of the early season with a 53-45 victory at Riverbank Monday.
Led by the dynamic Luu sisters, Riverbank (6-3) gave the undefeated Lancers (6-0) all they could handle for a half and were ahead 22-19 at the break.
The difference was a 21-11 third quarter for EU, which went away from its press defense and bothered the Bruins with its man-to-man.
“This was the type of game we were expecting,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “They matched up well with us, but in we came out in the third quarter with better energy. It was a good win, and we have another good test coming up Thursday against Davis (in Modesto).”
Shalane Jackson had her usual outstanding all-around effort, finishing with 14 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and five steals. She was also 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. Sophomore Tia Tu’uga also left her mark, recording 21 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Kristen Piasecki chipped in 10 points, and Alison Telles had five points and eight rebounds. As a team, East Union converted 13 of 18 on free throws and collected 16 steals.
Freshman point guard Olivia Luu fired 19 points for the Bruins, and her 5-foot-11 sister, Janelle, added 11.
The Lancers were coming off a 51-37 win over 5-2 Patterson. Riverbank has dropped three of its last four, but all of its defeats were to top teams (McNair, Inderkum).
East Union 47, Riverbank 25
Victoria Vezaldenez pumped in 12 points as East Union improved to 6-3 in nonleague action. Kayla Torio added eight points.
East Union 31, Riverbank 21
The Pages (9-0) continued their undefeated run behind an 11-point effort from Rena Dragony.