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Valley Oak League wins, losses for Oakdale hoopsters
On the home court, varsity player Jacob Cavanaugh sends off a shot as the host Mustangs took a 63-58 win over Kimball. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

On the home court, the Oakdale High School varsity boys basketball earned a thrilling win over Kimball this past week. Oakdale hosted the Jaguars on Wednesday evening, Jan. 17 and came away with a 63-58 victory. Jacob Cavanaugh scored a team high 19 points for the Mustangs. Cavanaugh got things rolling for Oakdale early as he connected on a short-range jumper that cut an early deficit to 17-7 with 2:47 left in the first quarter. Cavanaugh knocked down a corner three pointer with 1:16 left in the first quarter and seconds later he used his defensive skills to steal the ball and complete a fast break lay-up to bring Oakdale within two. Late in the second quarter a jumper by Declan Hynes tied the game with 3:18 left in the first half. The Mustangs got their first lead of the contest on a pair of free throws with 4:48 left in the third quarter to go up 35-33. At the end of the third quarter Cavanaugh hit a long three-point field goal to give Oakdale a 48-42 advantage. They were able to hold off the Jaguars to put the game in the win column.

They then went on the road Friday, Jan. 19 and fell to host Sierra, 50-39. The Timberwolves had a 26-21 lead at the half and came out with a strong 13-6 run over the Mustangs in the third quarter to take control of the contest.

Oakdale’s next game will be Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Manteca with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff time. Friday night, Jan. 26 the boys host East Union at 7:30 p.m. in the Winter Homecoming game.


Lady Mustangs

Oakdale’s varsity girls battled to a 48-38 road win over Central Catholic on Jan. 16. Avery Gleason and Brielle Lee each had a game high 13 points. Six players scored for Oakdale in the road win. Cassidy Terry (8), Brooke Wheat (7), Natalie Powell (5) and Memphis Carr (2) all scored for Oakdale.

Two nights later the girls fell to East Union 59-40. Wheat had a team high 18 points for Oakdale in the Jan. 18 loss. Powell got an offensive rebound and put back to give Oakdale a 10-9 lead with 3:36 left in the opening quarter which was the team’s first lead of the game. An 8-0 run by the Lancers was broken up by Grace Miller with 4:18 left in the half. Oakdale trailed 35-25 at the break.

East Union pulled away in the fourth quarter by using a 12-0 run, that was broken up by Wheat with 4:27 left to play.

The ladies look to bounce back on Thursday, Jan. 25 at Sierra with a 7 p.m. tip off time.

It was also a split for the JV girls, as they won 31-21 over Central Catholic and fell to East Union by a 54-30 final.

Lady Mustang player Brielle Lee battles her way toward the basket against the Central Catholic defense. The Oakdale girls notched the road win. Jeff Kettering/The Leader