East Union rolls past Lathrop with five 2nd-half goals
East Union breaks away from Sierra with 4th-quarter run
East Union forced five fourth-quarter turnovers and went on a 9-0 run late in the period to pull away for the 42-32 Valley Oak League girls basketball victory over Sierra at Dalben Center.
“We changed our defense in the fourth quarter,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said. “We went to a trapping defense and that kind of worked for us. That put a little more pressure out on the perimeter at half court and that seemed to bother them a little bit, just enough for us to extend our lead out.
“We were having a tough time on our half-court sets. Credit Sierra for that; their half-court defense is really good.”
Kayla Montoya (seven rebounds) helped the Lancers (5-4 VOL, 11-10), losers of four of their last five outings, pull away when she scored five of her 13 points in the
LATHROP — Jasmine Mejia netted a pair of goals to go with two assists, and East Union scored five unanswered in the second half for a 7-1 blowout of Lathrop on Tuesday.
“It was an all-around good performance,” East Union coach Carlos Gaspar said. “Possession-wise, we
moved the ball well and the defense and our keepers played great.”
Lathrop (1-8-1 Valley Oak League, 4-9-2 overall) stayed within range at halftime down 2-1 thanks to Anna Ramos’ late first-half score off an assist from Kassandra Ceja. Noelle Smith did her best to fend off the Lancers’ persistent attack, racking up 27 saves.
“We started out well,” Lathrop coach Jose Montes said. “We just fell apart in the second half.
Natasha Honore contributed two assists for East Union (7-1-2, 12-4-2), the first of which went to Taylor Campbell to open scoring in the 12th minute. Mejia doubled the lead in the 25th minute.
“We have been on a losing streak,” Montoya said. “So, we knew that in order to come back and win these next few games we had to work hard and push.”
Destiny Torio led East Union with 14 points.
“At the end we all pushed and we knew we had to win,” Torio said. “We had to kill that losing streak.”
Before East Union went on its late run, Jasmine Correa brought the Timberwolves (2-8, 9-14) within 31-27 with five minutes left in the game when she converted a fast break. That was as close as Sierra would come.
“The big thing is you always want to win these games,” Timberwolves coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson said. “And we didn’t, so we have to come back and fight the rest of league.”
Lindsey Walljasper posted a double-double for Sierra and led all scorers and rebounders with 15 points and 19 rebounds.
“She is a beast,” FountsBergerson said of Walljasper. “You can tell she is going to go on and play a D-I sport. She is just built for it.
“She is fun to coach and she plays really hard.”
Raiann Prieto added 12 points for the Timberwolves and East Union’s Donja Payne had 10 points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
Sophomore East Union 36, Sierra 18 The Lancers doubled up the Timberwolves and were led by Ashley Martin with 15 points and Danielle James with 13.
Elise Peterson had nine points for the Timberwolves.
Freshman Sierra 26, East Union 24 Jannier Ismerio led all scorers with 18 points in a losing effort for the Lancers.
TOP PHOTO: East Union guard Destiny Torio looks to pass on the fastbreak as Sierra’s Jasmin Correa reaches in. BOTTOM PHOTO: Jaha Scott-Minor (13) of East Union gets her hands on the ball, but so does Sierra’s Alexia McBride in the battle for the rebound.
Lathrop’s Kayla DeAnda (6) tries to control the ball in front of East Union midfielder Mariana Huizar.
Sierra center Lindsey Walljasper looks to post up against East Union’s Vonika Pok after getting an offensive rebound.