TRACY — East Union never led Monday night but threatened Edison repeatedly in the fourth quarter, only for the Vikings of Stockton to end the championship game of the Tracy Breakfast Lions Club Girls Tournament on a 9-2 run for a 59-52 win at Tracy High’s Swenson Gym.
“We’re hoping things are going in the right direction,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We had a tough night tonight, though. We needed a game like this.
“We didn’t play our best first half. We were a little out of sync but we came back in the second half and almost got the lead a few times. We started to make some shots but they made the big plays when it counted with some monster 3-pointers.”
The Lancers (12-3) trailed 27-16 at halftime and closed to 40-33 after three quarters before going on a 10-3 run to start the final period and tie the score at 43 on a put-back by all-tournament selectee Lani Tu’uga (19 points, 11 rebounds). Tu’uga took an assist from Ala Tu’uga (15 points, 18 rebounds, four steals) with 1:42 left in the game to tie the score at 50-50, but East Union could muster only two more points when Ala Tu’uga converted a steal with a minute left to come within 53-52.
Edison remains undefeated at 10-0.
“I didn’t know if we could beat them,” Vikings coach Richard Lynch said. “They were really good — they have girls that can play basketball.
“We made some clutch plays at the end and we were able to rebound at the end as well.”
East Union’s Taylor Snaer (nine points, four rebounds, three steals) was named to the all-tournament team. Edison’s Kylie Murray (14 points) was the tournament’s most valuable player.
The Lancers travel to Oakdale to start the Valley Oak League campaign Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ripon 61, Orestimba 53
Christmas came late for the Indians (9-4).
After Ripon lost to Carson of Nevada to start the tournament, Carson battled its way to the third-place game but was unable to participate. The Indians were called upon to fill in against Orestimba (13-3).
Ripon broke open a one-point game with a 7-2 run to start the final period and Tianna Sidtikun (17 points, three steals) scored the final four points of the game for the Indians to help secure the third-place trophy.
“We told the girls before the game that we got invited to the dance and we are kind of like Cinderella,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “We told to come out, enjoy the moment and have fun and see what we could do playing the No. 2 ranked team in our division.
“The girls responded. They came out and did a good job and played hard. We did a nice job of not turning the ball over and we were 15 of 21 from the line, and the past three games turnovers and free throws have been our nemesis.”
All-tournament selection Myra Toledo added 13 points and three steals.
The Indians open Trans-Valley League play next Tuesday at home against Livingston at 7 p.m.
W. Ranch 62, Lathrop 40
Janay Holmes scored nine of her game-high 18 points for the Cougars (7-5) in the third quarter, allowing Weston Ranch to pull away for the win.
“We were flat in the first half,” Weston Ranch coach Mike Williams said. “And they hit a bunch of shots early. They had a good guard (Kierstin Constantino) and she hit three 3-pointers only and that kind of paced them. They hit a couple of other 3-pointers and then we had foul trouble early.
“Our subs kept us in it and then Kaila Comerie hit a big 3-pointer at the end of the first half to keep us up by seven and then we extended the lead in the third quarter when Janay Holmes took over the game in the third quarter. She paced us and got all tourney and she deserved it.”
Constantino made 10 of her 14 points in the first quarter, hitting just one field goal in the final three periods.
“We had Lea’zae Smith and Krista Johnson come off the bench and really shut down No. 23 (Constantino) — she had no 3-pointers in the second half,” Williams said.
Jennalyn Laminero (six rebounds, six steals, six assists) and Smith (two assists) each had nine points each for the Cougars and Darnaysha Huff added six points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
It was a tale of two halves for the Spartans (3-8).
“We actually had the lead in the first quarter,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “Kierstin (Constantino) hit her first two 3-pointers and we were off and running — we were playing good defense, too.
“In the second half Weston Ranch came out and decided they were going to keep the ball out of Kierstin’s hands and we were not able to shoot the ball, and then we started playing one-on-one. That affected our defense because we didn’t get back as well.”
Isa Paniagua led the Spartans with 14 points.
The Cougars wrap up their non-league campaign Thursday at home against Stagg of Stockton at 7 p.m. and the Spartans open Western Athletic Conference play Friday at home against Ceres.