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WR loses VOL ground with loss to Sonora
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Weston Ranch’s girls basketball team has seemingly had every opportunity to assert itself as one of the Valley Oak League’s top two teams, and the Cougars’ latest opportunity slid away to the Sonora Wildcats in a 50-42 loss Tuesday in Stockton.

The Cougars (8-3 VOL) dropped their second game of the second half, raising the importance of each game on the remainder of the schedule.

“We didn’t have our ‘A’ game, and that was evident from the onset,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “It came down to us not rebounding well. We just didn’t have it and Sonora played better than us.”

Timnesha Wilson led the Cougars with 17 points, while Jasmine Strane and Emoni Wilson finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Cougars lost grip on their hold of second place in the VOL, dropping a spot to third under the East Union Lancers who beat Kimball High. Weston Ranch will have to turn things around immediately when they host the Jaguars Thursday.

“Hopefully we can have some amnesia and put this game behind us,” Bauer said. “We need to have a good upbeat, up tempo practice tomorrow and make sure we get Kimball.

“After Kimball we’ll worry about East Union.”

Sierra 47, Oakdale 24

The Timberwolves opened the contest outscoring Oakdale 14-1 in the opening period and never let up..

Alysia Atkins scored 15 to lead Sierra (6-5, 14-8), while Lia Unterholzner added 11. Kelly Paredes, Mallory Weiler and Stephanie Vanni all chipped in with five points.

Sierra held a 25-6 lead at the half, going to its bench for the majority of the second half. The Timberwolves will be back on the court Thursday when they travel to Lathrop.

East Union 81, Kimball 38

The Lancers held a less- than-comfortable 15-point lead at halftime, but closed the door on the Jaguars for good with a 29-6 third quarter run Tuesday on their way to the VOL win.

Briona Fontenot led the charge with 22 points and teammate Lexy Posz finished in double-figures with 20. Senior Salina Tiscareno chipped in with nine, while Shalane Jackson pulled down 10 boards to go along with six points and seven assists. As a team the Lancers dished out 25 assists.

The Lancers (9-2, 17-5) will have a huge battle Thursday, as the Sonora Wildcats come to town for a match than can shake up the VOL foundation.

Sonora beat East Union 46-40 in its gym Jan. 18, and is coming off a victory Tuesday over the Weston Ranch Cougars.