The growing pains continued for East Union on Wednesday, when 20 turnovers kept them from getting over the hump against host Riverbank in a 41-38 loss.
It’s the second straight game that the Lancers (1-2) turned the ball over at least 20 times. They did so in Monday’s 51-42 loss to Enochs but at least improved from the free-throw line. East Union made 11 of 15 from the stripe after going 16 of 36 on Monday.
“We have to value the basketball,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We’re giving away too many possessions.”
East Union did well to battle back after Riverbank outscored it 18-9 in the second quarter to take a 25-16 halftime lead. The Lancers held the Bruins to just four points in the third while pulling to within one.
Olivia Vezaldenos scored 10 points to lead EU, and Loretta Kakala added nine and 11 rebounds. Olivia Luu and Chloe Arnold posted 10 points apiece for Riverbank (5-1).
Franklin 55, Manteca 29
In Elk Grove, the host Wildcats (5-1) caught fire late in the third and early in the fourth to break open a big lead. Manteca (0-2) trailed by five points before Franklin took off.
Jessica Hasal’s 17 points led the Buffaloes. Elizabeth Evangelista and Kara Ly each had 11 for Franklin.
“We are still making progress. It may be baby steps, but it’s progress,” Manteca coach Cody Norman said.
Manteca tips off the Lodi Christmas Tournament today at 3:30 p.m. against Elk Grove.
East Union 59,
The Squires are charging into their own Camelot Classic tournament with a 3-0 record following Wednesday’s dominant effort.
LaNia Taylor and Marcella Salyer each had 10 points, Jessica Pablo finished with eight and every East Union player scored. The team opens its tournament against Ripon Christian tonight, 8:15 at Dalben Center.
Manteca 42, Franklin 30
The Buffaloes (1-1) earned their first win Wednesday, using their full-court press for easy buckets.
Lathrop 34, Ripon 14
The visiting Spartans held Ripon to two points in each of the first two quarters and raced away to a blowout victory.
Defense was the key for Lathrop, which forced eight shot clock violations. Molly Moakler registered 10 points and 12 boards to spearhead the Spartans. Danya Phillips contributed nine points, eight rebounds and five steals.