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POSTED December 23, 2009 2:37 a.m.
ELK GROVE – Sierra High held a slim three-point halftime lead, but opened the second half focused and pulled away from the Lathrop Spartans 50-32 during consolation bracket action in the Consumnes Oaks Tournament Tuesday.

The Timberwolves (4-5) bounced back from a first-round loss Monday, to cruise into the consolation championship over Valley Oak League mate Lathrop. Sierra outscored Lathrop by 16 over the final two periods for the easy win.

“They came out and they hustled quite a bit in that first half,” Sierra head coach Steve Unterholzner said of the Spartans. “At halftime we had a little heart-to-heart with the girls and talked to them about calling screens out and moving their feet on defense.

“Then they came out the second half and we did what we wanted to do.”

Jaslynn Liotard and Jasmine Currimao paced Sierra with 12 apiece, while Michelle Arroyo chipped in with 10.

Lathrop continued to show glimpses of improvement, but the first-year varsity squad will just wait for the results to come.

“We played a lot better than we did against McNair,” Lathrop head coach Ed Wang said. “The girls came back and responded well tonight.

“We played well; we’re just lacking depth right now.”

Jasmine Elder and Erika Sanchez led the Spartans with eight points eash, while Brittany Rallios and Jazlyn Simon both finished with six.

Lathrop will meet up with Encina or tournament-host Consummes Oaks at 3:30 p.m. for the seventh place game, while Sierra closes out tournament play in the consolation championship at 5 p.m.

Ripon 64, Johansen 55
The Indians  earned a berth into the tournament championship with a come-from-behind, double-overtime victory over the Johansen Vikings.

Lauren Feddersen continued her recent dominance, finishing with a double-double on 20 points and 20 rebounds. Kendra Contente added 17 points and eight boards, including a huge 3-point bucket with four seconds remaining which sent the game to its second overtime.

In the second bonus period, junior Paulina Ceja scored seven of her nine points from the charity stripe to seal the victory.

“Paulina made some clutch free throws down the stretch when they were fouling her at the end,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “We had a lot of people step up; some big rebounds, bug baskets; we really played well as a team.”

Now Ripon will try and close out the tournament as champions when they meet up with undefeated Argonaut at 8 p.m.

“This is a great step for us,” Contente said. “We’re in the championship game against a tough Argonaut team, so we’ll have to play as well as we did (Tuesday).”

East Union 59, Davis 35
MODESTO – East Union (5-1) got standout play from Lexy Posz and Krystal Young. Young turned in a game-high 22 points, while Posz finished with 20. Posz also chipped in 15 rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Young grabbed 12 rebounds, swiped five steals and dished out four assists.

“For it being such a young season, it was our best all around game to date,” East Union head coach Jim Agostini said. “We were able to outscore them in every quarter; the girls really did a good job.”

The Lancers will be back on the court today when they travel to Atwater to take on the Falcons.

“Atwater is a good team and they’ve already played 13 ball games,” Agostini said. “They have beaten some pretty good teams in the area and we’re going to need to play another really good game on the road to carry us into the Tracy Tournament with good momentum.”
— Jagada Chambers
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