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Snaer, Tu’uga lead Lancers’ drubbing of WR
Weston Ranch-East Union girls basketball
Weston Ranch's Leoni Smith (4) defends East Union's Taylor Snaer. - photo by SEAN KAHLER

Taylor Snaer and Lani Tu’uga led East Union to a resounding 63-28 girls Valley Oak League victory Monday night over visiting Weston Ranch at Dalben Center.

Snaer earned high-point honors and flirted with a triple-double, scoring 18 points with eight assists and seven rebounds.

“We can both handle the ball,” Snaer said of herself and Tu’uga. “So we both trust each other with the ball.

“We can take care of the ball and take care of the team together.”

Both Snaer and Tu’uga interchange their duties from the frontcourt to the baseline with ease. Tu’uga posted 15 points, seven assists, four blocks and four rebounds.

“It is really easy seeing Taylor on the court,” Tu’uga said. “When I am playing and she is on the court, I feel confident about my passes.

“I have played with her for a while and she is really easy to find on the court.”

The Lancers (6-1 VOL, 16-3 overall) not only dominated on the offensive side of the ball, they did so on defense as well, winning the battle of the boards 41-26. East Union’s Ala Tu’uga hauled down 13 rebounds and made five steals with Donnese Payne grabbing five rebounds and blocking four shots.

The Lancers posted 22 assists.

“I like the way we shared the basketball tonight,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We had 22 assists tonight compared to eight the last time we stepped on the court. We are always trying to share the basketball.

“This was a league win and that’s always a good thing. This was a good bounce-back win. We had to wait a couple of extra days after a tough loss last week. I thought we played some pretty good defense and ran the court well. It was a good, solid VOL win.
The Lancers defense was on point all night, never allowing more than 10 points in a quarter and blanking the Cougars (2-5, 6-11) in the second period.

Janay Holmes paced Weston Ranch with 13 points behind three 3-pointers, hitting two from beyond the arc late in the game. Teammate Vuntanique Brown grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We had the horses to stay with them,” Cougars coach Damion McMiller said. “That’s no doubt. We just couldn’t make the shots. We took a lot of shots and made some errors on defense. That is stuff that is correctable.

“It was a good game and they are a good team, a really good team. They have solid juniors and they are going to have a solid team next year, credit to them. But I think we can match that. We just have to stay with it.”

Weston Ranch travels to Central Catholic tonight and Thursday night East Union hosts Sierra. Both games are at 7:30.