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Ripon Christian’s Rylee Biedleman keeps the ball away from Oakdale’s Whitney Nielson on Saturday in a buzzer-beating 52-50 win for visiting Oakdale.


POSTED December 18, 2017 1:54 a.m.

RIPON – A questionable call followed by an improbable shot doomed Ripon Christian on Saturday in a heart-breaking 52-50 loss to visiting Oakdale in non-league girls basketball action.

The Knights inbounded the ball at their end with 4.9 seconds remaining, clinging to a one-point lead. The three-quarters court pass was deflected by a Mustang, and before she could gain control the referees granted a timeout. 

This gave Oakdale a few extra seconds, and this proved to be crucial. As time was running down Grace Higle took the inbounds pass and just past half court she launched a bank shot that banked through the net as time expired for a 52-50 buzzer-beating win for Oakdale. 

“They deflected the ball and their girl was still going after it to get control of the ball and they called timeout and it was granted,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “But she never had control of it to call timeout.

“But we didn’t execute our inbounds play well either. If we would have, then that wouldn’t have happened. A banked 3-pointer is a tough way to lose.”

This sort of shot was nothing new for Higle (18 points).

“She was one of the people with options,” Mustangs coach Julie Ford said of Higle. “She shoots half-court shots all the time in practice so if I wanted anyone shooting far away it would be her.

“For her, that’s not very unusual.”

Oakdale (4-3) went on a 10-0 run in the third period to lead 39-32 going into the fourth quarter. With 1:17 left in the game and the Knights trailing 49-47, Morgan Van Elderen stole the ball, shot it out to Kelly Engel who drove the length of the court to pass it back to Van Elderen who finished the fast break with a layup and she was also fouled. 

Van Elderen (14 points) converted the three-point play for the one-point lead that would last until the final buzzer.  

“We had a great fourth quarter,” Mulder said. “We didn’t mentally seem like we were really into the game in the first half and maybe even the third quarter, but that fourth quarter we battled back. We didn’t play awful, we just didn’t play mentally smart until the fourth quarter.

“This was a great learning experience for the girls for the things we haven’t worked on. We have worked a lot on fundamentals, so game stuff we are probably a little behind. We just drew something up for an inbounds play at the end – we don’t have that part of our game in yet.”  

Renae Heida had a double-double for Ripon Christian with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“Coach always talks to us about being determined,” Heida said. “We have to put it all out there and execute.”

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Reina Sausedo ignited a fourth-quarter surge for the Indians to give the tournament host their own championship.

“All of a sudden we just kind of hit another gear,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “We knocked down some shots and rebounded a little bit better.

“They are a pretty good team and we were concerned with their big girls inside and they have some nice shooters outside, so we were kind of picking our poison. We kind of settled down a little bit.” 

Tied 29-29 at halftime, Ripon (7-0) took a 45-41 lead after three quarters behind 10 Sausedo points and she hit 12 of 19 Indians points in the fourth period. Sausedo finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

“During halftime we were talking about how our defense needs to be more aggressive,” Sausedo said. “Because our defense is the most important part of our game.

“From our defense we were able to spark a big lead.”

Katie Kaiser added 10 points for Ripon; Tianna Sidtikun tallied nine points and three rebounds; Rachel Sausedo chipped in seven points, eight rebounds and four assists; Mia Van Lewen pulled in nine rebounds and Janessa Inderbitzin had six rebounds.   

Ale Martinez had 16 points for the Eagles (2-4).

Grind for Title

IX Showcase

Weston Ranch 52,

Half Moon Bay 50

CONCORD – Justice Stitt’s hot free-throw shooting down the stretch helped the Cougars (2-6) nip the defending Central Coast champions at Mt. Diablo High School.   

Stitt scored 11 points and was 4 of 6 from the line to close out the game. Mia Boston had 11 of her team-high 21 points in the second quarter that was capped by Mariah Ghattis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 28-26 Weston Ranch halftime lead.  

When the Cougars were forced to go to small ball due to foul trouble, Jennalyn Laminero directed the attack at both ends of the floor. Asani White pulled in 13 rebounds for Weston Ranch.

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