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Hughson not up to ‘Chase’ vs. Ripon

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Hughson not up to ‘Chase’ vs. Ripon

Lathrop 172-pounder Jay Butler tangles with Escalon’s A.J. Camarena during first-day action on Friday at the Lloyd Engel Tournament in Escalon. The tournament continues today at Escalon High.

MARG JACKSON/Special to the Bulletin


POSTED January 12, 2013 12:03 a.m.

RIPON — There was nothing Hughson could do.

Ripon came out on fire and when reality set in for the Huskies the Indians had built an amazing 40-4 lead. With all its starters resting in the fourth, Ripon cruised easily to a 73-31 Trans Valley League win Friday.

“The rim was as big as a hula hoop for our kids today,” Ripon head coach Rod Wright said. “I mean they were on fire. They came out and hit 8-of-9 3-pointers in the first half.

“That was one of the best shooting performances we’ve had all season.”

Chase DePrue led all scorers with 15 first-half points and Cole Herrin added 13. Both Kyle Wengel and Tim Groen chipped in with 11. The Indians were able to empty their bench in the first half.

The win will usher the Indians (2-0 TVL, 6-10 overall) into a pivotal week, as they have a three-game run opening with Riverbank at home Tuesday, followed by a trip to Salida to meet the Modesto Christian Crusaders Thursday.

Ripon will close out the week of play Friday against Orestimba at home.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Weston Ranch 67, Oakdale 29

WESTON RANCH – Head coach Chris Bauer said he saw a glimpse of Weston Ranch’s potential on Friday evening.

Nine of his 10 roster players scored, including three in double figures, as the Cougars (8-6 overall) chased Oakdale (0-4, 3-12) out of town.

Brianna White led the way with 17 points, while Aaliyah Thomas and Elisabeth Alexander had 10 apiece. Weston Ranch is now 3-1 in Valley Oak League play, one game back of Manteca.

The game turned in the second and third quarters, as Weston Ranch saw a six-point lead balloon to 26 thanks to a 29-9 run.

“We played well and made some adjustments,” said Bauer, whose team survived a last-minute thriller with Lathrop on Wednesday. “We’re finally starting to click.”

Weston Ranch plays East Union on Wednesday.

Sonora 67, Sierra 33

SONORA – First the good: Katelyn Teixeira scored 17 points for Sierra. And now the bad: the rest of her team combined to score 16.

The imbalance proved costly for the Timberwolves, now 1-3 in Valley Oak League play and 5-11 overall.

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