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Varsity Hoop Girls Net One Win In Lions Tournament
Kicking off the season with the Foundation game on Monday, Nov. 30, the Escalon girls basketball program also hosted the 33rd annual Lions Club Basketball Tournament Wednesday through Friday.

They lost a close one to Central Catholic in the Foundation game and won one and lost two in their tournament, capping the week with a Friday night victory.

Against Central, the girls lost a 36-28 decision, with Shayleen Archer the leading scorer with 14 points. Annie Gallego put in 6, Hannah Yarborough had four, with two apiece from Anne Bacay and Breanna Silveira.

"We didn't have a lot of scorers, and they (Central) had some 3's that went in," said head coach Kristie Cathcart. "We were down by one at the half."

The Lady Cougars, though, had a hard time getting their offense going in the opener, falling to the visiting Central squad. In the Lions Club tourney, they played Denair on Wednesday and lost another close one, 48-43. Leading the way were Archer, 18 points; Caitlin Brooks, seven and Gallego, six points. Thursday, they took the court against Downey and battled hard, staying within reach of their opponent but unable to get past them, falling 40-31.

"We couldn't make a basket, couldn't run the offense and everything they put up seemed to go in," Cathcart said of the game being frustrating for her players.

Archer had 13 points on the night, Brooks added six.

Friday, it was a win against Delta to close out the tournament with a 1-2 mark, defeating them 47-29. Bacay and Gallego had 12 points each to lead the varsity girls, Archer had seven.

"They all did some good things, and there are things we need to work on," Cathcart said of her players.

The varsity girls have nine seniors back this season, guards Shayleen Archer, Annie Gallego, Breanna Silveira, Jalyn Costa, Autumn Andersen and Anne Bacay, forwards Stefany Anserlian and Hannah Yarborough and center-forward Jen Shipley. Juniors on the varsity squad this year are forwards Elizabeth Mendonca and Hannah Swift, guard Elysha Bergwerff and forward-center Caitlin Brooks.

"We have a little bit of height this year, we do have some speed and some ball handling skills," Cathcart said.

She is working with an assistant coach this season, Rick Mury, while the JV team is once again coached by Sandi French and Joe Dalpogetti is coaching the freshmen. The JV girls also went 1-2 in the Lions tourney, beating Denair but losing to Argonaut and Central. The freshmen took third in the Ceres Tournament, winning two games and losing one.

Tournament action this week has the varsity girls headed to the Turlock Christian Tournament for Thursday through Saturday games, the JV and freshmen play those three days in the East Union Tournament.