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GIRLS HOOPS: Rivals EU, Sierra to square off in Tracy tournament
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TRACY — East Union and Sierra aren’t waiting for the Valley Oak League season to get reacquainted.
Their girls basketball teams are going head-to-head today in the consolation semifinal of the Tracy Breakfast Lions/Tom Hawkins Tournament at Swenson Gym. East Union did its part by waxing Escalon on Thursday, 59-24.
The Lancers (7-5) play their cross-town rival at 12:30 p.m., and the winner could play another VOL foe, Weston Ranch, in the consolation final on Saturday.
“That’ll be a fun game for the girls, I’m sure,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “Whether we win or lose it, this game isn’t part of the overall goal of what we’re trying to achieve. It’s just one of those games that’s part of the process.”
Agostini said the team is going back to basics after its heartbreaking 52-51 loss to Enochs in the tournament opener. The Lancers shot out to a 19-12 lead but put the clamps on defensively the rest of the way, holding Escalon (8-5) to five or less points in each of the final three quarters.
Donja Payne dominated the paint and poured in 22 points. Ala Tuuga contributed 13 points, and Lauren Pablo had eight. Alexis Gomez accounted for 14 of Escalon’s 17 points in the first half but was scoreless for the final two quarters.
“We’re just trying to make the game a little easier for the girls,” Agostini said. “We of course want to shoot for a higher percentage from the foul line, value the basketball and play better defense, and if we can do all those little things it adds to winning. That’s why we play these games, to prepare us for league play. Our young players are gaining valuable experience from this.”

Sierra 50, Tokay 41
Sophomore guard Jordan Hayter got into a groove Thursday, firing 26 points to help the Timberwolves (9-3) coast to victory.
Sierra was ahead 44-25 after three quarters before Tokay (4-8) made run late to make it respectable. Dulce Cruz contributed with eight points, and Raiann Prieto had seven.

Weston Ranch 60, Rio Americano 36
The Cougars (7-5) broke it wide open with a torrid 23-2 fourth-quarter spurt.
Jennalyn Laminero and Kyshanti King registered 15 and 14 points, respectively. Zahbria Hendrix added eight points. Weston Ranch plays Carson of Carson City, Nev. today at 2 p.m.

Beyer 71, Ripon 36
The only team from the area to make it to the winners bracket had a rough go against the Patriots (9-3) of Modesto.
Ripon (8-5) kept pace at the start but was outscored 19-4 in the second quarter for a 37-15 halftime deficit. Reina Sausedo scored 11 points one night after dropping 26 in the an opening-round win over Sierra.
Alicia Jones led Beyer with 18 points. Beyer plays Enochs in the semifinals tonight, while Ripon takes on Patterson at 3:30.