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Ripon rolls through tourney host

Feddersen’s double-double highlights balanced effort

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POSTED December 22, 2009 12:02 a.m.
ELK GROVE — First-year varsity Cosumnes Oaks got visiting Ripon’s attention early by taking an 11-9 lead into the second quarter.

Ripon answered with a 19-5 run in the second period and took a lead as large as 31 points in its 52-34 victory to open the Cosumnes Oaks Tournament.

The Indians evened their record to 3-3 and will face the winner of the Johansen-Encina game in the semifinal round tonight at 8.

Center Lauren Feddersen dominated the post, grinding out 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way. Ripon followed its torrid run to end the first half by tightening up even more defensively, as the Wolfpack mustered just two points in the third.

“We played well enough in the first half to give everyone a lot of playing time,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “Our starters played no more than four minutes of the last two quarters, so it was nice to be able to put the rest of the players in pressure situations.”

Reserve post Hanah Allen contributed eight points to the balanced attack. Forward Rachel Rodriguez recorded seven points and six rebounds; and guard Kendra Contente posted six points, seven steals and four boards in limited minutes.

Sereena Hertel and Paulina Ceja added six points apiece.

Also in Cosumnes Oaks Tournament action:

Argonaut 45, Sierra 29
The suddenly-hot Timberwolves (3-5) were cooled off by undefeated Argonaut (7-0) in the opening round.
Sierra, which had won three straight going into the tournament, was paced by Jasmine Curimao’s 11 points. Next is Manteca Unified rival Lathrop at 3:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket.

With Argonaut returning several key players from last year’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV squad that advanced to the semifinal round of the postseason, first-year Sierra varsity coach Steve Unterholzner knew his inexperienced group would have its hands full.

“That really is a good team, and we were aware of that going in,” Sierra coach Steve Unterholzner said. “But we were able to hang with them and even led for most of the first quarter. I think after this game we feel that we can play at their level.”

Varsity boys
Sierra 48, Beyer 33
MODESTO — Sierra (4-3) clamped down for its best defensive effort of the season against 1-10 Beyer Saturday.
Sophomore forward Will Ward scored 11 points for Sierra, and Eddie Andrade had 10. Beyer’s Ashneel Ghoman led all players with 12.

The Timberwolves next face Golden Valley in Merced tonight.

Sophomore boys
Beyer 72, Sierra 48
MODESTO — Bret Wilson and Tim Thornton each had 14 points to account for half of Sierra’s scoring, but the team struggled to contain the Patriots on the defensive end. Joseph Barry pitched in with nine points.
— Jonamar Jacinto
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