A rough week for the Oakdale Lady Mustangs (13-13, 3-10) varsity basketball team, as the girls dropped both of their Valley Oak League games. On Tuesday evening the girls fell to Kimball (20-6, 11-2) at home 51-38 and then took a 63-52 road loss at Central Catholic (17-9, 8-5) on Thursday night.
Tuesday night’s game began on a rough note as they only scored two points in the opening eight minutes, coming on a lay-up by Angelica Lowry. Oakdale entered the second quarter down 7-2. Oakdale’s offense came alive in the second quarter as they posted 13 points, but were still down when they entered the half, trailing 21-15.
In an eventful third quarter, Oakdale’s Sarah Bohrer got the shooters bounce on a three ball to cut the deficit to 28-22 with 4:29 remaining. Seconds later, a Kimball parent started shouting towards the court and veteran official Floyd Padgett ejected the female Jaguars fan out of the stands. The woman initially refused to leave the stands, shouting “You better call 9-1-1 because I’m not leaving!” along with “I’m not the only one shouting at you” – both of the comments directed toward Padgett. She was finally escorted out by school staff several minutes later.
“The lady was making inappropriate remarks towards Oakdale players. I don’t mind fans chirping at me from the stands if they’re upset with a call, I am an adult and can let that kind of stuff go, but I won’t stand for remarks towards players,” Padgett said following the game.
The well-traveled Jaguar fans showed their support for the fan who was ejected and for their team on the court as they began chanting and cheering for their team, and drowned out the home crowd. Kimball went on a 7-0 run once the two teams resumed play. Oakdale’s Grace Higle ended the run with a jumper with 1:56 left in the quarter. Oakdale brought the game within six, midway through the fourth quarter, but the Jaguars pulled away using a 10-0 run to go up 49-33 with 2:42 remaining in the game.
On the road at Central, the varsity girls found the basket with more regularity, topping the 50-point plateau, but the host squad ultimately was 11 points better.
The girls hosted Manteca (15-10, 12-1) on Tuesday, Feb. 14 following The Leader’s press time. This was Oakdale’s season finale and the team was scheduled to recognize its three seniors prior to tip-off, Alejandra Vargas, Kirsten Murphy and Madison Brewer.
The junior varsity girls won their fifth straight contest after defeating Kimball 42-23 and Central Catholic 51-16. Leading the way for their home win over Kimball was Carolyn Hamilton with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Oakdale’s youngest Lady Mustangs fell to visiting Kimball on Tuesday night, Feb. 7 by a final score of 33-15. Jazmine Martinez scored a team high eight points.