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Preseason Campaign Sees Tournament Play For Hoop Girls
Escalon’s Brooke Campbell looks to dribble around an opponent in earlier season action on the home court. The varsity basketball girls won one of three games this past week at the Livingston Tournament. Marg Jackson/The Times

A trip to the Livingston Tournament kept the Escalon girls varsity and JV basketball squads busy, playing three games over three days.

Tournament action began Thursday and continued Friday and Saturday for the Lady Cougars, playing Dec. 19 through 21.

For the varsity girls, it was a tough opening game, falling to El Capitan by a lopsided score, then losing by 20 to Ceres on Friday, 56-36.

“These were aggressive teams that pressed and trapped and we had no answer for,” said head coach Joseph Dalpogetti. “Also, we missed easy shots in both games or else they would have been more competitive.”

The varsity managed to get one game out of three, coming away with a hard fought 57-52 win over Chavez of Stockton in Saturday’s contest.

“They were bigger and more athletic so it was a good win,” Dalpogetti said. “We trailed by six at halftime but built up a 10-point lead during the third quarter.”

Four players were in double figures for Escalon in the win including Hannah Boyd, Katie Karp, Soleil Gouzenne and Marissa Silva.

“Brooke Campbell kept their larger players off the boards,” the coach added of the defensive effort.

Earlier in the week, the varsity fell to Bret Harte on the road, 42-31.

“We had a six point lead but proceeded to miss 11 of 17 free throws and allowed them to stick around” said Dalpogetti.  “They took the lead in the third quarter and our shooting woes continued.”

The varsity girls are scheduled to play at Sierra in a 2:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, Dec. 28.



The young Lady Cougars won two out of three as they traveled to the Livingston Tournament. Although they opened up with a 46-38 loss to El Capitan, the effort and outcome was better the next two days. In the Thursday loss, Kelsey Webster had 13 points and Rachel Farley added 12.

Head coach Sam Baez said her team then defeated Ceres by a 38-20 final on Friday and wrapped up a successful appearance in the tournament by posting a 42-37 win over Downey on Saturday.

Next up for JV girls is a trip to the Ripon Tournament, Dec. 26 through 28.