Oakdale’s varsity girls basketball team (12-14, 4-9) suffered a 54-44 road loss to Manteca (17-9, 9-4) on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The girls regrouped quickly, however, and answered with a strong performance against Central Catholic on Thursday night when they defeated the visiting Lady Raiders 42-21.
Grace Higle scored just as many points as the entire Raiders team (10-15, 2-11) as the junior guard posted 21 points in the Lady Mustangs home win. Their game was a lot closer on Jan. 20 when Oakdale defeated Central Catholic 42-39, but when Higle and company got rolling, the Raiders could not answer and Oakdale steamrolled their way to their second home win in the regular season. Oakdale never trailed in the contest and led by as many as 25 points in the Valley Oak League game. Prior to the win, Oakdale had lost four straight Valley Oak League contests.
The Lady Mustangs will miss the playoffs but are looking to finish the season strong. Their season finale was scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13 when they took on last place Sierra (9-7, 2-11). The contest was held following The Leader’s press time. It was also Senior Night 2018 where the team honored their two seniors, team captain Sarah Bohrer and Whitney Neilson.
Oakdale fell to Manteca on the road 52-41 and committed 21 turnovers. Freshman Krista Andersen scored eight points and had 10 rebounds in the loss. Two days later the girls bounced back and defeated Central Catholic 57-19. Freshman Tayler Lamb scored a game high 13 points for Oakdale. The girls finished the season on Tuesday night at home against Sierra following The Leader press time.
A difficult road loss to Manteca saw Oakdale on the wrong side of a 52-18 final score on Feb. 6. Eight of the team’s 18 total points came from Macie Gregory.
Central Catholic did not form a freshman team this year so Oakdale instead played host to Waterford on Thursday, Feb. 8 and Oakdale won, 21-10. Gregory scored a game high 12 points. The youngest Lady Mustangs wrapped up their season on Tuesday, Feb. 13, hosting Sierra.