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Tough Start To Campaign For Mustang Basketball Girls
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Junior center Samantha Powell, 32, works to send off a shot over the defense of the host Lady Gauchos during a contest against El Capitan. Oakdale fell in the game, 38-20. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

Oakdale High School’s varsity girls took a tough home loss to Sonora on the basketball court on Thursday night, Nov. 30. It was the third contest for the squad so far this season, and the girls are still looking for a victory.

In the game with the Lady Wildcats, Oakdale battled tough but came up just short 26-23. The difference maker was a half court shot at the buzzer to end the third quarter that gave Sonora a three-point advantage. Oakdale scored just eight points in the first half and added four more points in the third quarter. It was the fourth quarter where the offense came alive. Oakdale scored 11 points in the final frame and outscored the Wildcats 15-11 in the second half. Brooke Wheat led the Mustangs with ten points and Cassidy Terry added four points for Oakdale.

“I was pleased with the way the girls played in the second half, more so in the fourth quarter. It was encouraging to see them pick up the pace and stay competitive down the stretch,” said Mustangs coach Keylly Nasrawi.

This is Nasrawi’s third year as the head coach of the team.

Oakdale started the season hosting Hughson on Monday, Nov. 20 and fell in that game, 36-20. They traveled to face off with El Capitan in a Wednesday, Nov. 29 game and lost that contest by a 38-20 margin, still having trouble getting much going offensively.

The girls were scheduled to travel to Ceres to face Central Valley High School on Tuesday, Dec. 5 following The Leader’s press time.

Oakdale is also looking at a busy schedule ahead with four games in a week. Monday, Dec. 11 the girls travel to play Bret Harte at 7 p.m.; they return home on Dec. 12 to face West High School at 7:30 p.m.

The girls will travel to take on Christian Brothers on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., and on Dec. 18 they travel to Lodi for a tip off at 6 p.m.



Kicking off the season at home, Oakdale’s varsity basketball boys took a 73-41 loss to visiting Lodi on Tuesday, Nov. 21. They then played three games in the Joe Nava Stagg Tournament, with games from Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2. The boys lost the opener to Venture Academy on Thursday by a 67-47 final. They bounced back to take a 54-49 victory over Stagg on Dec. 1, then closed out the tourney with a hard fought 60-53 loss to Sierra on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The boys were scheduled to travel to take on 3-0 Bradshaw Christian in preseason play on Tuesday, Dec. 5 following The Leader’s press time. They are scheduled to host Venture Academy of Stockton on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., and will be back on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 12 as they take on Tokay.