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Sierra cruises into tourney title game

Manteca High guard Mia Ramirez tries to get past a Lodi defender during the Buffaloes' semi-final tournament action against the Flames Tuesday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED December 30, 2009 1:59 a.m.
Ripon High’s sophomore girls basketball team outscored Tokay 8-0 in the first quarter and continued its solid defensive play en route to a 40-21 victory Tuesday at Sierra High.

The 10-0 Indians will meet Lodi in the championship round of the Sierra/Rotary Tournament today at 3 p.m. in the large gym.

Tia Sidtieken poured in 14 points to lead Ripon. Alex Vargas fired in 10, and Ruth Waters added eight.

In other Sierra/Rotary Tournament action:

Lathrop 33, Sierra 22
The Spartans (2-5) outscored the tournament host 18-8 in the third quarter to key the victory.

Chanel Johnson rattled in 12 of her season-high 22 points in the third-quarter surge. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Janel Butler aided the cause with eight rebounds and four assists.

Lathrop plays for the consolation title today at noon.

Tokay 47, Lathrop 36
Lathrop was down 18-14 before letting the game slip away in Monday’s first-round contest.

Janet Visaya paced the Spartans with 18 points, and Johnson had 11.

Block M Tournament
Sophomore boys
Sierra 59, West 48
Tim Thornton scored a game-high 20 points, but it was defense down the stretch that helped the Timberwolves claim the victory in the consolation semifinal at Manteca High Tuesday.

Sierra made a big stop at the end of regulation to force overtime, and West was kept scoreless in the extra period.

Bret Wilson pumped in 17 points, and Johnny Waggy had 10.

Sierra faces Ripon in the consolation title game at 5 tonight.

Tracy 51, East Union 40
Tracy used a 17-0 run in the first half to race away from the Squries, who will play for third place against Edison or Modesto at 8:15 p.m.

Zac Carrillo scored 15 points to lead East Union, and Brandon Cline added 12.

Freshman boys
Sierra 58, West 56
West caught fire in the fourth quarter and scored 20 points, but the Timberwolves held on to keep their undefeated record (6-0) intact. Sierra plays for the title against Ripon Christian tonight at 6:45.

Guillermo Nunez led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points. Emmanuel English and Justin Patton had 13 and 11, respectively.

East Union 48, Tracy 35
Justin Nieto and Justin Ontiveros poured in 14 and 13 points, respectively, to lead the Pages to the consolation-bracket championship round.

East Union (4-2) set the tone early with a 19-4 run. Next up for EU is Modesto at 3:30 today.

Non-league
Sophomore boys
Weston Ranch 56, Franklin 54
WESTON RANCH — Dylan Alexander hit four straight free throws to tie up late in the contest after Franklin was charged with a technical foul, and Marlon Aumentado hit the game-winning shot with 17 seconds left.

Alexander led the Cougars (2-4) with 22 points, while Aumentado finished with 17.

Franklin 49, Weston Ranch 36
WESTON RANCH — The host Cougars battled tough but was outscored 16-3 in the third quarter. Marcel Otero scored 10 points to lead Weston Ranch (2-4)

— Jonamar Jacinto
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