After a winless stint through the first 10 games of the Valley Oak League season, Oakdale High’s varsity girls basketball team is on the warpath for a conference win, and today may represent the best shot.
Oakdale (4-18 overall, 0-10 VOL) takes on host Sierra (4-17, 2-7) today, Feb. 8, for a chance to avenge a three-point loss to the Timberwolves on Jan. 11.
The Lady Mustangs fell 54-30 to East Union on Friday after an eight-point game from Kylie Gust.
Blanca Lara added seven points while Ashley Edwards scored six.
The game represented Oakdale’s highest scoring affair against the Lancers since 2010.
The Mustangs landed single digit scores against East Union in 2011 and was outscored 55-5 on Jan. 13 of this year.
“I guess we can take some form of victory from scoring 30 points on them,” Oakdale coach Justin Schwitters said. “We were prepared for their half court press after seeing it for the first time earlier this year.”
Oakdale had also played tough with Weston Ranch during a 66-17 defeat.
Lara scored eight against the Cougars while Gust (four), Jordan Esparza (three) and Francesca Orvis (two) also found the bottom of the net.
Oakdale continues conference play against Manteca, Lathrop and Sonora to close the season.
“We have got some good opportunities to get a win, so we will see what happens,” Schwitters said. “Hopefully between Sierra and Lathrop we will be able to get one, if not two.”
Oakdale’s junior varsity team improved to 6-4 after a narrow loss to Weston Ranch and a one-sided victory over East Union. Oakdale fell by just five points to the Cougars and mounted a 20-2 run to start their win over the Lancers.
“The JV team plays well and they compete hard,” coach Schwitters said. “It’s nice to see them taking care of business and competing late in the year.”