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Eu girls defeat Sierra in VOL
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Shalane Jackson had a career night at Sierra High on Friday.

East Union High’s 5-foot-9 senior tallied 33 points and 16 rebounds, boosting her team past the Timberwolves, 53-37.

Jackson was 16 for 27 at the foul line.

More importantly, her Lancers (8-0, 18-2) maintained their first-place hold in the Valley Oak League.

“Overall, we played good defense (against Sierra),” said East Union coach Jim Agostini.

His team got off to a sluggish start.

“We played great pressure defense,” Sierra coach Steve Unterholzner said.

In fact, the Timberwolves (2-6, 4-16) enjoyed an 11-8 first-quarter advantage, trailing by two at the half, 19-17.

East Union then went on an 18-8 run, taking a 37-25 advantage into the final period.

Celine Barber led Sierra with 12 points, with Asia Cortez and Shelby Shirron both chipping in with eight.

Sonora 58, Lathrop 41

The Spartans played a strong first-half against the visiting Wildcats.

Thanks in part to a 10-2 run in the second quarter Lathrop (0-7, 3-14) held a 20-17 lead at the intermission.

But then Sonora (3-4, 11-7) struck back, outscoring the Spartans 42-21 during the final two periods.

“Sonora just outhustled us in the second half,” said Lathrop coach Ed Fang. “We needed to put together two strong halves.”

Jazlyn Simon led the Spartans with 19 points, with sophomore Loreal Taylor netting 12.

Tyler Swycinsky paced the Wildcats with 11 points.

Sophomores

Lathrop 34, Sonora 29

Taylor Conley scored 10 to help the Spartans (4-4, 12-5) get past the visiting Wildcats.

Lathrop relied on solid team work and defense.

East Union 48, Sierra 22

Marina Salyer and Sam Hines sparked the Lancers past the Timberwolves.

Salyer finished with 10 points and Hines netted nine.

Anna Cardenas had six points for Sierra and Kristen Maestretti tallied four points, four rebounds and four steals.

Weston Ranch 56, Manteca 37

Aaliya Thomas hit for 17, leading the Cougars over the Buffaloes.

Brianna White added 15 for Weston Ranch.

Freshmen

Sonora 22, Lathrop 20

The Spartans had their woes from the foul line, hitting just two of their 18 attempts against the Wildcats.

Lathrop (5-3, 10-6) was led by Perla Vargas, who scored eight points.

Weston Ranch 30, Manteca 26

Crystal Hernandez finished with 12 for the first-place Cougars (8-0).