Trans-Val­ley League Wins For Var­sity, JV Hoop Girls

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With a league bye on Tues­day, the Escalon var­sity bas­ket­ball girls filled in the date with a non-league con­test. They won that one – against Ceres – and then kicked off the sec­ond half of Trans-Val­ley League play with a win at River­bank on Thurs­day.

“We de­cided to pick up a game to stay sharp,” head coach Joseph Dal­pogetti said of host­ing Ceres on Jan. 24. “We won 54-26. They scored the first bucket of the game and then didn’t score the re­main­der of the half.”

Escalon held a com­mand­ing 25-2 lead mid­way through the game and went on to post the easy vic­tory.

“Ev­ery­one got a lot of play­ing time,” Dal­pogetti added. “Ten of our 11 play­ers scored. We were paced by Jenelle An­der­son with 10 points and 15 re­bounds.”

Shelby McCune just missed a dou­ble-dou­ble, putting in nine points to go along with her 10 re­bounds. Ha­ley Boyd, Priscilla Nowl­ing, Daisy Ca­ma­cho and Alyssa Strock each had six points.

“It was a great team ef­fort,” said the coach.

Thurs­day, the girls hit the road and took on River­bank to open up the sec­ond half of league. They were win­ners in that con­test as well, top­ping the host Lady Bru­ins 59-37.

“We were up 11 at the half and 22 head­ing into the fourth,” Dal­pogetti said. “The lead stretched to as many as 29 late in the sec­ond half.”

The 22-point mar­gin of vic­tory was a com­fort­able one, with many play­ers con­tribut­ing to the win.

An­der­son again was the lead­ing scorer with 17 points and McCune with 14 points. Strock chipped in with eight.

“We are now 13-8 over­all and 4-3 in league,” Dal­pogetti said.

The team was sched­uled to play on the road Tues­day night, Jan. 31 at Ripon Chris­tian af­ter The Times went to press and host Ripon in a Thurs­day night game, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

JU­NIOR VAR­SITY

The JV Lady Cougars lost to Ceres on Tues­day night by a fi­nal of 46-21.

Hunter Wheeler paced the team with nine points and Han­nah Boyd added four.

Thurs­day night against River­bank it was a dif­fer­ent story, as the young team went on the road and took a con­vinc­ing 40-23 win off the court. This time, Boyd was lead­ing scorer with 11 and Katy Karp chipped in eight points.

“The Cougar girls took the lead quickly and main­tained it the en­tire game,” coach Thomas O’Hare said of con­trol­ling the con­test. “Team­work was near per­fect and de­fense was su­perb.”

The team will be back in ac­tion on the home court Thurs­day night, Feb. 2 tipping off against Ripon in a 6 p.m. con­test.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE TIMES

Ju­nior var­sity player Han­nah Boyd, 22, puts the pres­sure on her op­po­nent dur­ing a road game at River­bank on Jan. 26. Escalon took a 40-23 win off the court.

RIC MCGINNIS/THE TIMES

Go­ing up for the bas­ket is var­sity Lady Cougar Alyssa Strock, 15, driv­ing past the River­bank de­fense on the road dur­ing a TVL game on Thurs­day. Escalon was a 59-37 win­ner over the host Lady Bru­ins.

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