East Union rolls past Lathrop with five 2nd-half goals

East Union breaks away from Sierra with 4th-quar­ter run

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports - By DAVE CAMP­BELL Bul­letin staff re­ports

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.

fourth quar­ter.

“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.

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