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EU High girls defeat West
East Union High

The East Union High girls’ varsity basketball team went on a 9-0 run shortly before halftime against West on Monday.

That momentum was enough to propel the Lancers (2-3) to a 43-37 victory at the Dalben Center.

“We got off to a nice start before (the Wolf Pack) tied in the second,” EU coach Jim Agostini said.

After that, his team rolled – outside of a trey by West shortly to break up that second-quarter spurt – to 23-18 at the break.

Donja Payne, the Lancers’ 6-foot-3 senior center, once again dominated the post with a game-high 15 points to go with her 12 rebounds and four block shots.

Teammates Nina Murphy and Lauren Pablo both chipped in with eight.

Dream Rodriguez led West (4-4) with 13.

East Union will host Tracy today as non-league play continues.

Boys basketball

Kimball 66, RC 43

Ripon Christian High a tough time against Kimball of the Valley Oak League on Monday.

The Knights (4-4) suffered a non-league loss.

“We got down early and never quite recovered,” RC coach Mark Hoffman said.

The Jaguars (5-5) took a 16-5 first-quarter lead and led 31-17 by the intermission.

They kept up that pace in the third, building up their lead, 50-27, entering the final period.

Kainoa Ballungay, Kimball’s 6-foot-6 senior forward, paced the attack with a game-high 16 points. Ryan Ziller added 13.

Will Gilbert led the Knights with 13. Cade Alger, Austin Ries and Jacob Van Gronningen had seven points each.

Godinez Tournament Championship

Golden Valley of Merced, East Union 32

 TURLOCK – The Eagles (6-2) held the Lancers (5-3) to single digits in three periods Saturday and outscored East Union 21-5 in the third quarter at Turlock High School. 

“We got killed on the boards and we had our worse field-goal percentage shooting night of the season,” Lancers coach James Ward said. “It was pretty lopsided.”

Christian Cuevas led the Lancers with 11 points.