STOCKTON — Lathrop’s girls basketball team may be hitting its stride.
“We’re off and running now,” as coach Dwayne Davis put it.
The Spartans got off a to a brisk start and rallied behind the hot shooting of Myani Thornton in their 56-35 Valley Oak League victory at Weston Ranch. Thornton buried all four of her 3-point attempts in the fourth quarter and finished with 23 points overall on 9-of-18 shooting. She ended up 5 for 8 on 3s.
“We’re really starting to come together defensively, and offensively we’re finally shooting the ball well,” Davis said. “We’re rounding into form, but we have a stretch of games coming up where we have to play hard if we want to move up.”
Danya Phillips provided her usual energy, contributing nine points, nine rebounds and five steals. Sophomores Semajynique Steen and Ryleen Crull added eight points each. Crull converted three of her four shots from the field, including a pair of 3s.
Cierra Jones scored 12 points for Weston Ranch (0-5, 2-14). Lathrop also won both lower-level contests, with the sophomore squad winning 46-20 and the freshmen prevailing 36-18.
Lathrop (3-2, 9-6), on pace to advance to the postseason for the first time, travels to Sierra on Friday.
East Union 64,
Central Catholic 44
MODESTO — The first-place Lancers (5-0, 16-1) outscored Central Catholic 25-6 while setting a season-high for most points scored in the first quarter.
It was smooth sailing from there. Olivia Vezaldenos was an assist shy of a triple-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ruby Daube and Donja Payne also turned in 17 points apiece, with Payne adding 15 rebounds.
Alexandra Candelario paced Central Catholic (3-2, 12-5) with 22 points, while junior standout Danielle Friedrich was limited to 12. East Union coach Jim Agostini credited Jessica Pablo and Vezaldenos for their defensive efforts on Friedrich.
“She only had eight points going into the fourth quarter, so they did a really nice job on her,” Agostini said. “That girl put up some really big numbers against us last year.”
Manteca 65, Oakdale 37
The Buffaloes (5-0, 12-7) set the tone with a 19-2 first quarter in the lopsided win but had two players go down with injuries. Freshman Kacy Bolding was taken to the hospital in the second quarter after dislocating an elbow, and in the fourth quarter Elizabeth Tolbert injured a wrist.
Loretta Kakala led the way with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sydnee Fryer made four 3s and finished with 14 points and five steals. Ruben Dehal added nine points, five assists and three steals.
Kimball 47, Sierra 39
It was an uphill battle throughout for the host Timberwolves (1-4, 9-9), who never held a lead.
“We got within three points but had some poorly-timed turnovers that didn’t allow us to capitalize,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said.
Devi Coglio led Sierra with 11 points. Kayla Wilson and Lindsey Walljasper chipped in eight each. Kimball (2-3, 8-10) was paced by Brittney Hudson’s 15 points.
East Union 50,
Central Catholic 30
MODESTO — Nina Murphy and Amaya Higgins poured in 11 points apiece as the Lancers (4-1) cruised to an easy win. Faith Stofferahn pitched in with eight points.
East Union 33,
Central Catholic 15
MODESTO — The Lancers got all the offense they needed from Sarah Gleockler and Jaidyn Valencia, who scored nine and eight points, respectively.