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Tournament Play Sees One Win For JV Girls


Winning one out of three games this week, the Escalon JV basketball girls traveled to the East Union Tournament for contests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They opened up play against Manteca on Thursday, falling 49-19.

“They were a good team but we held our own,” said coach Kacey Cheary. “We did our best and got everyone in.”

Priscilla Nowling paced the JV girls with seven points in the game.

Cheary said her team had trouble controlling the Manteca offense, but played well in the loss.

Friday, they took the court and the win against Ripon Christian, outscoring their opponents, 25-17.

Alexa Gomez had eight points and Emily McPherrin added six in the win.

“That was a good game but we did have some trouble finishing,” said Cheary. “It was difficult at times getting shots to fall.”

The JV girls were getting good looks and working the offense effectively to set up for the shots, but they weren’t going in on a regular basis. It was still enough to get the win, which put Escalon into the consolation championship game against Ripon on Saturday.

“We struggled offensively and we ran into some foul trouble for a couple of our starters,” Cheary explained of falling in the 49-23 contest to the Indians.

Nowling again was the leading scorer with eight points.

“We are improving on running the offense, now we need to work on our shooting,” said the coach.

She is, however, very pleased with where the team is defensively and how they approach each game.

“They always work hard and hustle,” Cheary said. “And our defense is strong.”

The girls were slated to play at Delhi on Tuesday, after The Times went to press and will be at Tokay on Friday to close out the week.