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Hughson scraps back from 10-point deficit to upend RC

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Hughson scraps back from 10-point deficit to upend RC

Ripon Christian’s Teagan Manus rises above Hughson’s Bianca Trevizo for a jump shot.


POSTED December 14, 2012 12:16 a.m.

RIPON — Ripon Christian girls basketball coach Ed Mulder is hopeful that the team’s current two-game losing streak proves to be productive in the long run as the Knights inch closer to beginning their defense of the Southern League co-championship.

On Thursday, they led Hughson by as much as 10 in the second half but took a 42-37 loss. The always-scrappy Huskies (6-3) outscored RC 17-4 in the fourth quarter after trailing 33-25 going into the final period.

Ripon Christian guard Teagan Manus had her way with the visitors in the first half when she scored 15 of her 18 points, but Hughson’s physical play would ultimately knock her and the rest of the Knights off their rhythm. Manus also finished with four assists and eight steals.

“I think that the physicalness of the game is good for us,” Mulder said. “We played Bradshaw Christian in the championship game of the (Stonebarger Tournament in Brentwood last Saturday), and they beat us with quickness and pressure. This team beat us by being more physical and took us out of the game that way.”

The turning point was the start of the fourth quarter, when Hughson opened with an 8-0 run capped by three free throws made by Tasha Spears after RC (3-4) was tagged with its second technical foul of the night.

That tied it at 33-all, and the Knights took their final lead on Cassidy DeRousse’s layup with 4:04 remaining. Hughson’s Alyssa Perry, who finished with 15 points, countered with a 3 that pushed the Huskies ahead for good. They scored nine unanswered points until DeRousse (8 points, 11 rebounds) scored with put-back with five seconds left.

Ripon Christian had many chances to convert from point-blank range throughout the fourth quarter but was bothered by Hughson’s pressure that forced 32 turnovers.

“In the end there we had some good looks, maybe four or five little 10-footers or less that just didn’t go down for us,” Mulder said. “We need to do a better job of protecting the ball. So many teams we’d get a rebound and turn right into a defender. Sometimes you have to lose a game to get to that point.”

The Knights will have ample time to work out the kinks, as they cap their nonleague schedule Dec. 27-29 in their own tournament.

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