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Lady Lancers rout Lathrop in league opener
Manteca, Weston Ranch also win big before their showdown
Lexy Posz is on her way to scoring two of her 21 points for East Union High in Tuesday’s Valley Oak League opener against visiting Lathrop. For additional photos, visit . - photo by Photo by CHRIS LEONARD
East Union High’s girls basketball team began its defense of the Valley Oak League championship Tuesday with a 73-23 rout of visiting Lathrop at Dalben Center.

Lexy Posz nearly posted her second triple double of the season, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Lancers (1-0, 9-3 overall).

East Union led 26-7 by the end of the first quarter, and the reserves did their part in keeping Lathrop (0-1, 2-10) in check over the final two periods. Lathrop was outscored 10-1 in the fourth.

“You never want to take league games lightly,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “I told the girls that we prepared for league coming into this game, so we wanted to make sure to get off to a good start.

“The girls at the beginning of the game did what they had to do and handled it in a very businesslike manner, and the second and third stringers executed the plays and ran the floor well just like they do in practice.”

Briona Fontenot accounted for 16 points, Salina Tiscareno added 11 and Shalane Jackson contributed nine points and 14 rebounds.

Lathrop was paced by Jasmine Elder’s seven points, while freshman point guard Diamond Gomez had six.

“They outplayed us in every phase of the game and ran us out of the court,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said. “But they showed our young girls what happens when you play tough defense and run the floor. They’re the No. 1 team, and that’s the reason for it.”

East Union expects a stiffer challenge Thursday when it travels across town to face Sierra. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

“I expect we’ll get their best game,” Agostini said.

Manteca 69, Kimball 27
In Tracy, standout Sharon Washington poured in 23 points despite being sick and not playing in the fourth quarter for the Buffaloes (10-2).

Mikayla Hasal contributed 15 points, and Jaqi Gutierrez turned in eight. Kimball is in its first varsity season as is 0-13.

Manteca hosts Weston Ranch for a big game Thursday.

Weston Ranch 57, Oakdale 32
At Weston Ranch, the VOL’s reigning MVP, Cassandra Clark, scored all of Oakdale’s 14 points in the first half. The Mustangs (0-1, 4-4), however, we’re down 36-14 at halftime, and Clark finished with 19.

Led by Timnesha Wilson’s 24 points and five rebounds, the Cougars (1-0, 6-5) made a big statement with their league opener. Marceen Bryant chipped in 14 points to the cause.

“It was a good team effort,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “We were able to force a lot of turnovers at the half-court and full-court levels.”

Sonora 43, Sierra 39
In Sonora, Sierra (0-1, 8-4) was ahead 32-31 after three, but the host Wildcats (1-0, 5-7) went on a seven-point run in the middle of the fourth quarter.

Alysia Atkins led Sierra with 18 points, and Sonora’s Kelli Keefe fired 19.