When I covered the Sac-Joaquin Division III girls basketball semifinal game between St. Mary’s Rams and East Union Lancers, there seemed to be a strange disconnect between the boisterousness of the East Union fans and the lop-sided score against them

A whole section of the stands at the playoff venue of the Galt High School gym was filled with EU supporters either wearing or painted in the team’s signature red, white and blue. Like an organized group of banshees, they stood and cheered as if it the game was just a few points apart. Play on the court, however, was a different story. St. Mary’s, a perennial powerhouse, dominated the game. East Union racked up no more than half of St. Mary’s score.

A school official, at the request of the referee, tells East Union High fans to sit down during the Sac Joaquin Division III Girls playoff game against St Mary’s at Galt High School in Galt. (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens Nikkor 70-200mm @ 116mm. Exposure: 1/400th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 2500)

Throughout the game, the EU fans’ enthusiasm was undiminished. They were so loud and rowdy, at one point in the 3rd quarter, the ref stopped the game and ordered them to sit down. The final tally was 90-35, but to the Lancers credit, they never gave up. They played hard and aggressively until the very end, despite the blowout score. With the all the support they got, they could do no less.

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