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Weston Ranch hoping to close out with win

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POSTED December 31, 2009 2:50 a.m.
BRENTWOOD – When Weston Ranch opened the first quarter with one of its worst offensive outputs of the season, recovering from its double-digit deficit proved impossible as the Cougars dropped its loser’s bracket contest 74-48 to Clovis High in their 10th Annual West Coast Jamboree contest at Liberty High.

Weston Ranch (7-3) mustered up just three points in the pivotal first period, spotting a talented Clovis team more comfort than they would need.

“We just didn’t score,” Cougar head coach Chris Bauer said. “The effort was 100-times better, but we just couldn’t score. If you cannot put the ball in the hole, then you will dig yourself a hole and that’s what we did.”

Clovis outscored Weston Ranch 35-19 in the first-half and extended that lead with a 22-point fourth quarter, closing out the win. Timnesha Wilson led Weston Ranch with 25 and teammate Jazmin Strane finished with eight. Courtney Duran added seven.

The Cougars will close out tournament action, as well as their preseason, playing in the 11th place contest. It will be the squads’ final opportunity to gain any momentum before opening the Valley Oak League schedule.

“This will be a huge game for us,” Bauer said of the tournament finale. “It is big for anybody closing out the preseason. You want to get that win and get a little momentum going into league.

“If we can get a win (today) that will definitely be huge.”

Clayton Valley 53, Ripon 34
The Indians dug themselves a hole with a four point first quarter, dropping their tournament finale to the Clayton Valley Eagles of Concord.

Clayton Valley posed a threat Ripon had no answer for – height – leaving the Eagles an edge they easily took advantage of. The Eagles boasted a front-court with a pair of six-footers and a 5’11” player, making rebounds and second chances on offense hard to come by.

Ripon (6-6) trailed 27-11 at the half, but opened the third quarter outscoring Clayton Valley by four points.

“We had a chance to give up but they didn’t lay down,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “We cut into the lead and we had our chances, so it was good to see our kids fight back.”

Lauren Feddersen led the Indians with 13 points, while junior Kendra Contente finished with 12. Adrianna Mayberry chipped in four, while teammates Rachel Rodriguez and Sereena Hertel both added a bucket.

Ripon will be back on the court Tuesday when they travel to Linden for a non-league contest against the Lions. The Indians are coming out of one of the more challenging tournaments, likely giving the squad something to build upon.

“I think this tournament was an invaluable experience,” Contente said. “We played in a very tough bracket and every team in our bracket was good. We were clearly the smallest school in our bracket and we did well.”

— Jagada Chambers
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