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TWolves win despite absences
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The outmanned Sierra High sophomore boys basketball team was not outplayed in its 48-38 win over visiting Modesto Tuesday.

Coach Justin Muschott wasn’t sure how his team would mesh with two starters on vacation, but his players quickly put his worries to rest.

“We had some players step up tonight and put in some quality minutes,” he said, “We played great team defense tonight and we dominated the boards. I challenged the team to hold them to 38 or less points and they did it.”

Grant Widmer led the Timberwolves (3-4) with 17 points, while Jerod Patton pumped in 10. Mike Leland added eight to the cause.

Modesto 54, Sierra 45

Joseph Berry paced the Timberwolves (2-4) with 15 points, and John Waggy contributed 10.

Sierra opens Manteca High’s Block M Tournament Saturday against the same Panthers team at 9 a.m.

East Union 50, Grace Davis 34

At Dalben Center, Briona Fontenot led the victorious Squires (6-2) with 15 points, while center Brittney LaMar churnedout 11 to go with eight rebounds.

Morgan Hulsebosch chimed in with eight points. Katrina Camara had seven points while pulling down six boards.

“We had to grind it out,” East Union coach Adrian McDaniel said. “It was a Christmas vacation-type of game, so we had to stay focused.”

Modesto Christian 49, Lathrop 22

In Salida, the Spartans (4-8) were led by Erica Sanchez’s six points and four apiece from Krystal Ruiz and Brittney Rallios.

“We played hard for one quarter, but they were just too experienced and too big,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said.

East Union 57, Grace Davis 19

At Dalben Center, Klasey Kachalkin put forth a stellar all-around effort for the Pages (11-2), finishing with 10 points, seven steals and five assists.

Gina McCabe contributed 11 points and five offensive rebounds; Taylor Garcia scored seven to go with five steals; and Allison Telles had eight points and seven steals.

“Everybody on the team is starting to improve on their fundamentals,” East Union coach Larissa Founts said. “This break going into league will allow us to continue to work on those things.”

— Jonamar Jacinto