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Mustang varsity hoop boys, girls earn victories
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Jacob Kindrick shows some strength and determination under the basket during a non-league contest Saturday against Enochs. The visiting Eagles took a 67-61 win off the court. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

Splitting their games during the week, Mustang hoop squads found some success.

The Oakdale High School varsity boys basketball team battled to a 41-40 road win over East Union. The Valley Oak League victory came on Friday night, Jan. 12 and was the first league win for the varsity boys so far this season.

Just 48 hours earlier, Oakdale hosted Central Catholic. It was a packed house but at the end of the night, it was the visiting fans who left happy following a 64-29 win. The Raiders outscored Oakdale 20-4 in the first quarter and the momentum continued throughout the evening.

Central Catholic began the game on a 15-3 run resulting in a time out for Oakdale with 3:49 remaining in the first quarter. Freshman Bryce Busam connected on a field goal with 58 seconds remaining in the first half. It was only the second field goal made by the Mustangs in the half as the Mustangs were down 32-12 at that point. The third quarter saw the Mustangs score nine points; including a corner three pointer by Jacob Cavanaugh with 1:27 left in the quarter as the score was 45-20 Central Catholic.

At home for a Saturday contest, the varsity boys took on the Enochs Eagles but fell in by a final of 67-61 in non-league action.

This week Oakdale hosts Kimball on Wednesday night, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

For the varsity girls basketball team, it was a 42-25 home win on Thursday night, Jan. 11 over Sierra. After losing to Kimball 61-42 on Tuesday night, Oakdale bounced back with the big home win.

A combination of size and speed helped lift Oakdale over the Timberwolves. Six-foot, one-inch freshman Natalie Powell powered her way through the lane for an offensive rebound and put back basket to give Oakdale a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Powell scored six points in the win.

Memphis Carr capped off a three-point play when she scored on a basket underneath and made the free throw attempt just before the half. Carr had seven points for the Lady Mustangs. Oakdale went into the break up 27-15.

Leading the way for Oakdale was sophomore Avery Gleason with 10 points. Seven different players got on the score sheet for Oakdale.

Valley Oak League action this week will see the varsity girls host East Union on Thursday night, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Varsity Lady Mustang Avery Gleason makes her way to the basket in Valley Oak League action against the Sierra Timberwolves. Oakdale took the win, 42-25. Jeff Kettering/The Leader
Going up strong is JV player Charles Benninger, shown in action during the JV team’s 48-40 loss to Central Catholic in Valley Oak League action. The JV boys did win Saturday, 57-50, over Enochs in non-league play. Jeff Kettering/The Leader