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RC off target in CIF game

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POSTED March 13, 2014 1:05 a.m.

Ripon Christian’s girls basketball team was victimized by a poor shooting night in the opening round of the CIF Northern California Regional Championships on Wednesday.

Host St. Vincent de Paul of Petaluma rallied past the Knights with a game-changing third quarter run and won 46-44. The fifth-seeded Mustangs (26-7) head to East Palo Alto’s Eastside College Prep (19-10) Saturday for a Division V quarterfinal.

Ripon Christian (22-5), seeded 12th, trailed 21-19 at halftime before it was outscored 15-4 in the third.

“In the third quarter we got cold and they got hot,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “It was a bad shooting night overall. (St. Vincent) pressured us and took us out of our game a little bit, but our shooting was really off tonight. Our free throws weren’t falling and we couldn’t have been over 25 percent from the field. You’re not going to win a playoff game shooting like that.”

Senior standout Teagan Manus paced the Knights with 11 points and was the only player in double figures. Sophomore Nicole Graham added eight points.

St. Vincent de Paul was led by three players with eight points apiece: Rebecca Dodele, Ursyla Baumgarten and Ellie O’Neill.

Ripon Christian caps an otherwise outstanding season with two straight losses. It was eliminated in semifinal round of the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs by Capital Christian. The Knights, however, had a 19-game winning streak going into that game and went undefeated in their final season in the Southern League. Ripon Christian returns to the Trans-Valley League next year for basketball only.

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