Trailing by seven points after the first quarter, East Union rode the hot hand of Kyshanti King and went on an 11-0 run to start the second quarter and never looked back in a 64-42 non-league win over visiting Sonora at Dalben Center.
After a transition basket by Tayler Snaer (six points, seven rebounds, five assists), King (10 points, five rebounds, three steals, three blocks) reeled off three quick buckets with her third putting the Lancers (9-2) ahead for good at 19-18 with 5:51 left in the half. The Wildcats (5-6) would tie the game once more but never again take the lead.
“When I got in I wanted to make it a game changer,” King said. “We kept motivated and we kept pushing forward and stayed positive.”
After an 18-point opening quarter Sonora managed just four points in the second period and five in the third.
“We were showing signs of tonight this summer,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “Where we could just play around, play around and score in bunches. This is not the first time we have done this. We don’t like to do it that way.
“We got a little energy off the bench. I thought our reserves did a really good job after we got off to the slow start. They provided some really good energy that we needed and that carried us on.”
The Lancers employed a balanced attack with four players in double figures. In addition to King’s 10 points, Lani Tuuga (13 rebounds, two steals, two assists) and Lauren Pablo (four rebounds, two blocks) had 13 points apiece and Ala Tuuga (five rebounds, three steals, assist) chipped in 10 points.
“We all worked as a team,” Lani Tuuga said. “Everyone had assists, each and every one of us.”
Sonora’s Jacey Hawkins led all scorers with 14 points and was the only Wildcat in double figures.
East Union’s travels to Tracy High on Thursday for the Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament and opens up at 1 p.m. with Lathrop.
Sonora 53, East Union 52
Amaya Processer and Janaye Pierce each scored 11 points for the Lancers.
Sonora 36, East Union 26
Trinidad Forbing led the Lancers with 10 points.