East Union’s girls basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday in the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament, racing past Tokay 50-41 at Tracy High.
The Lancers (3-5) closed the contest with a 14-6 run to seal it. They will take on Foothill of Palo Cedro in the consolation semifinals at 7:30 tonight at West High.
“We just kept pushing the tempo on them,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “It was one of the few times we were able to play some transition, and we got to the rim.”
Victoria Vezaldenos led the way with 18 points. Madison Hoffman played a key role in the post, grabbing 14 rebounds to go with nine points. Alyssa Gonigan and Olivia Vezaldenos each added seven points.
East Union was able to sneak out a win despite shooting 45.7 percent from the foul line, making 16 of 35.
“We’d like to make more, but getting to the line that many times is what we do like,” Agostini said. We’re getting players in foul trouble which means we’re being aggressive and challenging the defense.”
Manteca 49, El Camino 43
The Buffaloes (4-4) followed a disappointing effort in the opening round with an impressive win over a perennial powerhouse. El Camino (5-9) has won at least 20 games in the last seven seasons but is off to an up-and-down start while playing a tough schedule under a new coach.
Guards Mikayla Hasal and Jessica Hasal spearheaded a balanced attack with 10 and nine points, respectively. They were instrumental in navigating the offense through El Camino’s first-half pressure defense and a zone defense in the second half. Jasmine Odell added eight points.
Manteca takes on the winner of the Turlock-West showdown in the consolation semifinals tonight at 6.
Patterson 51, Lathrop 28
Jovanah Arrington was the lone player in double digits with 10 points in this winners-bracket quarterfinal, as she led the balanced Tigers of Patterson (9-1). They were well ahead 32-11 by halftime and didn’t look back.
“They have a good, solid team there, but we didn’t shoot well tonight,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said. “We got outhustled and outrebounded, and it seemed like every open shot that Patterson took went in.”
Taylor Conley turned in eight points and seven rebounds for Lathrop (4-6), which encounters Mission San Jose at 3 today at Tracy High.