East Union’s six-game winning streak came to a halt Thursday night when the Lancers got acquainted with top-seeded Vanden-Fairfield during the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Girls Basketball Tournament.
The Lancers (19-19) didn’t have an answer for Vanden guard Kayla Blair, who netted the game-high 25 points during an 81-40 victory.
“Very good team,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said of the Vikings. “Very impressed with how they play the game. Their full-court pressure was better than we’ve seen all year. It was just difficult to pass out of it, because we couldn’t dribble out of it that’s for sure.”
East Union struggled out the gate and trailed 25-7 after the first quarter. Vanden was outscored by one in the second quarter but still led by 17 at the half.
The Vikings (23-5) outscored the Lancers 26-12 in the third frame and stretched their lead to 63-32 going into the fourth.
East Union freshman Loretta Kakala led her squad with 16 points and sophomore guard Olivia Vezaldenos finished the season by tallying 14.
“(Vanden’s) overall team speed was very impressive,” Agostini added. “It was a great season. We had some nice strides. It’s always sad to say goodbye to your seniors – they’ve committed to the program for four years and we appreciate their time, effort and energy.”
Chantell Greer added 11 points for Vanden, who will move on to the semifinals to play against fourth-seeded Florin on Tuesday. The winner of that will play the winner of Patterson-Modesto Christian on March 7 in the finals at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.