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Lady Eagles flatten Union Mine, 59-28

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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Heading into the final week of the regular season, Vista del Lago coach Swan Wainwright was looking for his squad to gain some kind of momentum to take with them into the postseason. The Lady Eagles delivered in a big way on Tuesday night against Union Mine, 59-28. Amara Wainwright scored 18 of her game-high 23 points in the first half to compliment a suffocating defensive effort from the rest of the Lady Eagles in picking up the seventh Sierra Valley Conference win of the year for Vista. “We had a lot of energy and a lot of intensity tonight,” said Coach Wainwright. “We’re trying to get ready for the playoffs. We have to have two strong practices before River City comes in here on Friday. Hopefully we can get some people in the stands for senior night and put a good product on the court.” After Union Mine (2-9 SVC, 6-18) tied the game at seven apiece with a 3-pointer from Camile Waldon at the three-minute mark in the first quarter, Vista commenced on a nine-minute run of 26 unanswered points. The Lady Eagles didn’t allow Union Mine its first field goal in the second quarter until there was 1:45 left to play in the half. Vista held Union Mine to just five field goals through the first three quarters and outscored the Lady Diamondbacks game total (28 points) by the end of the first half, heading into the intermission with a 35-13 lead. Six-foot-three sophomore center Becca Stephens led the way for the Lady Eagles defensively and in the paint, redirecting seven Union Mine shot attempts. “She played better and I welcome that from her. I saw flashes of aggressiveness and that’s what’s going to make us a better team with her in the paint,” said Coach Wainwright of Stephens’ overall performance. Senior Brittany Stegall contributed nine points and a game-high four assists while Christina Guidry pulled down nine rebounds and four steals from the point guard position. “It was a really big team effort tonight. We have a lot of different defenses so we get to switch it up a lot with my height in the post and (Wainwright’s) and (Guidry’s) speed. It’s really big for us,” said Stephens, who finished with a double-double (14 points and 11 rebounds). Vista (7-4 SVC, 17-10) welcomes River City (6-4 SVC, 17-8) into the Eagles' Nest on Friday for the regular season finale on what will be senior night for the Lady Eagles. Vista nipped the Lady Raiders by one point in their last meeting on Jan. 26.