Eagles' boys, girls enjoy win streak

By: Matt Long
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With two straight wins and five in their last six games, Vista del Lago’s varsity girls’ basketball team is coming around. A win Friday against El Dorado (6-0, 16-3) would allow the Eagles (3-2, 13-8) to completely turn the corner. Vista lost to El Dorado, 56-36, in the Sierra Valley Conference opener on Jan. 5 and is seeking to avenge that defeat. “We’re starting to play good basketball,” Vista coach Swan Wainwright said. “We need to come out with a good start Friday against El Dorado, take care of the basketball and focus on stopping Sarah Mackey. We’re going to play hard and see how it goes.” Vista picked up two wins last week, beating Liberty Ranch, 72-49 and Union Mine, 57-29. The Eagles won both of those games without Kendall Moore, who decided to quit the team to focus on her schoolwork. The loss of Moore is big for the Eagles, but Wainwright asked the rest of the players on the team to step up and last week they did. “I was proud of our play last week,” Wainwright said. “We played well defensively and that’s how we have to play all the time.” Vista riding three-game win streak After starting the season with six straight losses and league play with two straight defeats, Vista’s varsity boys’ team has had a turnaround of their own. The Eagles followed a win over Galt on Jan. 14 with a pair of wins last week over Liberty Ranch, 55-38, and Union Mine, 56-30. As the scores indicate, the Eagles did it with defense. “We’ve been really trying to work on our defense,” Vista coach Matt von Tillow said. “Our on-the-ball defense is still not where we want it to be, but we’re getting better at helping out and not letting guys get into the lane. That really showed tonight (against Union Mine). “Our guys are feeling pretty good right now. We’ve got three wins in a row and we’ve got a lot of confidence going for us,” he added. Patrick Lowman led Vista against Union Mine with 11 points and six rebounds. “Our chemistry has been a lot better and more positive lately,” said senior guard Tristan Lamy, who provided a nice spark for Vista off the bench. “We’ve sort of broken down the barriers between the starters and the bench players and everyone is mixing in nicely.” In the win over Liberty Ranch on Jan. 18, Tyler Jones led the way, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. After playing host to River City on Tuesday, Vista travels to El Dorado on Friday. Nick Pecoraro contributed to this report.