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Sierra drops nonleague finale at Riverbank

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POSTED December 28, 2012 1:18 a.m.

Sierra went cold from the field in the second half of its final nonleague contest at Riverbank Thursday, leading to a 55-43 loss.

“It was much closer than that,” Sierra coach Steve Unterholzner said. “We had to foul in the fourth quarter to try and stay in it and they hit their free throws, but the difference tonight was that our shots didn’t fall in the second half. We got off some good looks, but they weren’t dropping.”

Sophomore point guard Olivia Luu collected 24 points and was 10 for 12 from the free-throw line for Riverbank, which improved to 9-3. Post standout Janelle Luu added 15 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Unterholzner lauded the defensive efforts of Kristi Davis for keeping the elder Luu in check for most of the contest.

Celine Barber checked in with 15 points for the Timberwolves (4-6), while freshman Kayla Wilson had nine. They open the Valley Oak League season next Wednesday at Oakdale.

Ripon Christian Tourney

Ripon Christian 39, Jim Elliot Christian 20

The host Knights (4-4) outscored Elliot Christian of Lodi 14-0 in the fourth quarter. It was a strong finish after a slow start in which Elliot (6-8) led 11-8.

Kaylie Colyn fired 13 points, and Carly Tillema pulled down eight boards to pace RC, which meets first-year Excel Academy in the semifinals tonight at 7:30.

Excel Academy 58, Hilmar 48

The Pumas (9-4) stopped Hilmar’s season-opening win streak at 10 and were led by Letty Infante’s 17 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.

West Coast Jamboree

Paradise 41, Ripon 28

At Miramonte High in Orinda, the Indians (8-2) had their worst shooting effort of the season.

“We shot 21 percent from the field,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “Even our good shots were not going in.”

Tia Sidtikun and Ruth Waters fired 11 and 10 points, respectively for Ripon, which takes on Los Banos at 9:30 this morning in the consolation round of the Emerald Division.

Silver State Slam

Reed 83, Weston Ranch 60

At McQueen High in Reno, the Cougars had some good moments but otherwise struggled to keep up with one of Nevada’s top-ranked teams.

Briana White pumped in 16 points to pace Weston Ranch, while Emoni Wilson and Elisabeth Alexander added 13 and 10, respectively. Reed standout Gabby Williams poured in 22.

“We played well at times and even took the lead down to five at one point,” Weston Ranch coach Chris Bauer said. “The girls played their hearts out and left everything out there, we just couldn’t finish the game out strong.”

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