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Lady Buffs can’t handle Ceres’ Beck

Manteca freshman Mikayla Hasal provides all out defense during the Buffaloes' 50-47 loss to Ceres Tuesday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED January 13, 2010 2:58 a.m.
After dealing with the play of Ceres High’s Jamie Beck for three-and-a-half quarters, the Manteca Buffaloes were still in position to remain undefeated in the Valley Oak League play, but the Bulldogs escaped Winter Gym with a 50-47 win over Manteca Tuesday.

The Buffaloes’ (3-1 VOL, 10-5 overall) final effort to tie things up came up short when Sharon Washington’s 3-point attempt came up empty, sending the Bulldogs home with an important league win. Ceres got all its scoring from Beck and standout Jode Johnson.

Beck led all scores with 22 points, while Johnson finished with 19.

“We had no answer for Jamie Beck, offensively or defensively” Manteca head coach Andrea Hiatt said. “We kept trying to shoot into her and she blocked every shot. Offensively she was getting in position on us putting those nice little put-backs in.

“We can take nothing away from them, they played great.”

The Buffaloes had their opportunities, falling behind early only to take the lead with an offensive onslaught to close out the first period.  Manteca was able to outscore the Buffaloes in the first and the third, but a 17-9 second period, sparked by a 7-0 Ceres run, got the Bulldogs right back in contention.

Mikayla Hasal did all she could do for the Buffaloes down the stretch, lighting the Bulldogs up for 11 third-quarter points, including 3-for-3 from 3-point range.

“She played like a veteran out there,” Hiatt said. “She had a clear head, she was calm, cool and in control. Mikayla knew when to pass and when to take the shot and she kind of took over the game in that third period.

“At one point I said to Garrett (Tolman), my assistant, if it weren’t for Mikayla we’d be in a deep hole.”

Hasal led the Buffaloes with 19 points, fouling out in the game’s final minutes and leaving Manteca without its most effective scorer. Ceres, on the other hand, rode Beck until the very end, scoring four of the Bulldogs’ last six points.

“This was probably the best game Jamie has had this year,” Ceres head coach Shawna Nunes said. “She was just a force and Manteca doesn’t have that inside presence. They have some phenomenal guards that gave us fits, but Jamie had her best performance thus far this year.”

Cyntia Perez finished with eight points, as did fellow senior starter Davina Bennett. Sharon Washington chipped in with six points in the loss. The Buffaloes, who had a six-game winning streak halted, will have to pick up the pieces in a hurry, as they travel to Ceres to take on the Central Valley Hawks Thursday.

“It’s one loss in league and there are a lot of games left to play,” Hiatt said. “We have to come back and go on another winning streak. Ceres really played a great game; we’ll just have to go back to the drawing board when it’s time to play them again.”
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