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Nevada Union expects battle from Bulldogs

In terms of 16-team playoff seedings, no pairing promises to be a tighter contest than the matchup between eight and nine seeds.

And with little information available to him on the ninth-seeded Tracy Bulldogs (18-9), Nevada Union varsity girls basketball coach John McDaniel certainly doesn’t think his eighth-seed Lady Miners (18-8) should expect a cakewalk to tip off Division I play.

“All I know is what I’ve seen on MaxPreps.com,” McDaniel said. “Competition-wise, we look very similar.



“It looks like we have a little bit of a height advantage, but in terms of style of play it looks like they’ll come out and swarm us. But, of course, that’s just speculation.”

Tracy comes to Ali Gymnasium for tonight’s 7 p.m. tip on the heels of a second-place finish in the San-Joaquin League behind champion Lodi (18-4). Prior to meeting the Miners, Tracy took five of its six final games of the regular season. The only loss, a 56-33 defeat, came at the hands of Lodi.




Marlene MacMillan, a 5 foot, 10-inch junior, leads the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding with a 10.7-points per game and 10.6-rebounding per game average.

Four other Bulldogs – Megan MacHado, Ashley Freitas, Jordan Averiett and Stefanie Eubanks – each score around seven points per contest.

On Nevada Union’s side of the ledger, Cassie Davidson, a 5-8 senior, leads in scoring with 11.8 points per game. Classmate Caroline Reeves is scoring at a 10.9 clip.

The scoring averages of Maria Viola (8.8), Shanna Stefani (8.6), Christian Woodruff (7.9) and Becca Devere (7.2) display the balanced attack McDaniel has been afforded in his first season at the helm.

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To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail bhamilton@theunion.com or call 477-4240.

First round

Tracy (18-9) at Nevada Union (18-8)

7 p.m. today


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