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JV Basketball Girls Split League Games
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Getting a hand on the ball as the Hilmar player rushes toward the hoop, JV player Lily Franks of Escalon causes some defensive disruption during Thursdays home league game. Escalon won, 35-16. Marg Jackson/The Times


After a tough road loss on Tuesday, the Escalon JV girls regrouped and got a win on the home court in basketball action on Thursday.

They were at Hughson for a Jan. 19 game, and coach Kacey Cheary said the final score was 39-27 in the host team’s favor.

“We stayed within 10 points of them for most of the game,” Cheary said. “But they had a couple of good shooters, and they had four 3-pointers.”

Escalon also had a tough shooting day, said Cheary, paced by Madison Kindberg with nine points and Daisy Camacho with four.

Thursday, the JV girls hosted Hilmar and took control early, getting a lot of players involved. They won the Trans-Valley League contest by a 35-16 final.

Leila Phillips had seven points and Priscilla Nowling chipped in with five.

“We had five people with four points,” Cheary said. “A lot of people scored.”

Escalon was able to control the tempo of the game for the most part, and rotated all players in, with everyone getting on the court at some point.

“We’ve struggled in the past with beating ourselves,” admitted the coach. “I’m very happy with the way we played today.”

The girls were slated to play at Mountain House on Tuesday, Jan. 26 after The Times went to press and have their league bye on Thursday, Jan. 28. They will be back in action for the start of the second round as they take on Riverbank on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. in Riverbank.