Suiting up for a pair of Valley Oak League games this past week, the Oakdale High School varsity girls basketball team played both at home and on the road. Oakdale (13-9, 1-5) lost a road game at Weston Ranch (9-11, 2-4) and also fell at home to first place Kimball (17-3, 6-0).
Following a 73-66 road loss to the Cougars, a game where Grace Higle scored a game high 22 points and Alicia Platt added 17 points, the varsity Lady Mustangs hosted unbeaten Kimball on Friday night. The girls started the game off with a 12-6 advantage but three straight turnovers by the host squad allowed the Jaguars to tie the game at 12 with 2:48 remaining in the first quarter. Oakdale entered the second quarter up 19-18. A three point field goal by Kayden Legan put Oakdale up 22-20 with 6:43 left in the half.
The seesaw battle continued as the game was tied at 33 with 1:32 remaining in the half, and Kimball took a 35-33 halftime lead.
The visiting Jaguars led 40-34 but a three point shot by Platt trimmed the deficit down to 40-37 with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter. Oakdale only scored a total of eight points in that third quarter and entered the fourth down by 10, 51-41. The Lady Mustangs could not keep up the Jaguars pace of play in the second half and were outscored 16-10 in the fourth quarter.
Higle scored 24 points for Oakdale in the loss and Platt and Legan scored 11 and 10 respectively. The Lady Mustangs have a pair of home games this week beginning with Manteca (14-7, 5-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Friday night the team will host East Union (13-7, 4-2). Tipoff for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The junior varsity girls earned a pair of victories this past week when they defeated Weston Ranch 59-41 and Kimball 65-36. In the road win over Weston Ranch Aidyn Hill had a team high 23 points while Abby Cogburn scored 14 and Baily Sexton added 10 points. In their home win over Kimball everyone scored for Oakdale. Hill had 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win. Cogburn had 15 points and nine rebounds in the well-rounded attack.
A successful week for the youngest of the basketball program as the freshman girls won both of their games. Oakdale defeated Weston Ranch 50-23 behind Roxy Anderson’s 12 points. In their home win over Kimball, Ruby Fink scored 13 points and Hannah Beth Norman scored 10 points.