Oakdale’s Lady Mustangs varsity basketball girls hit the court for a pair of Valley Oak League games this past week. Oakdale (8-8, 1-3) earned their first league victory with a 56-50 road win over Weston Ranch (2-12, 0-3). Oakdale could not keep the momentum rolling, though, as they fell to Lathrop (8-6, 2-2) 36-19 two days later.
Oakdale fell behind 15-5 after the first quarter against Lathrop and never climbed out of the hole. Down 26-10 at the break, first year varsity girls head coach Julie Ford got the girls fired up and they held Lathrop to 10 second half points. No official stats were available for either of the team’s VOL games. The varsity girls are next scheduled to play at Manteca (10-7, 3-0) on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with tip off scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
The girls hope to get back into the playoff hunt as they have four of their next five games at home. Oakdale hosts East Union (15-1, 4-0) on Friday night, Jan. 22 as part of the Winter Homecoming festivities with tip off scheduled for 5:45 p.m.
Lathrop (8-6, 2-2) comes to town on Tuesday evening, Jan. 26 at 7:15 p.m.
The JV Lady Mustangs (1-3) fell to Lathrop at home on Thursday night, Jan. 14 by a final of 38-24. Oakdale’s lone points in the third quarter came off the fingertips of Krissy Lolonis with 16.7 seconds left to play in the quarter. Oakdale entered the fourth quarter down 35-14. Oakdale was led by Zoe Gillen with 12 points. Oakdale traveled to Manteca to face the Buffaloes on Tuesday night, Jan. 19 after The Leader’s press time. Oakdale’s next game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 at East Union and return home on Tuesday, Jan. 26 to host Lathrop. Both games are scheduled for a 5:45 p.m. start.
In a nail bitter, the Oakdale freshman girls lost their first league game on Thursday night, Jan. 14, as the youngest of the Lady Mustangs dropped a home game 24-23 to visiting Lathrop. Oakdale found themselves down 13-9 at the half, but bounced back to take a 21-16 fourth quarter lead. With 10 seconds left and clinging to a 23-22 lead, Oakdale lost on a Lathrop tip in at the buzzer. Oakdale was led by Bethany Metcalfe who scored 13 points and added four steals. Madelyn Ruthman added three steals for Oakdale. The frosh team travels to Manteca on Wednesday, Jan. 20 with a start time of 4:15 p.m. On short rest, Oakdale hits the road to take on East Union on Thursday night with a 4:15 p.m. tipoff. Oakdale returns home for a six-game home stand beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26 when they host Lathrop at 4:15 p.m.