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Waters in the flow for Ripon

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POSTED January 15, 2013 12:59 a.m.

RIVERBANK – The numbers just didn’t add up for Ruth Waters. She had scored how many points?

“When I told her she had 24, she didn’t believe me,” Ripon coach George Contente said following the Indians’ 56-43 victory at Riverbank on Monday evening.

“She didn’t even realize she had scored that many, because it was in the flow of the game.”

Imagine that – Waters flowing.

And so it went for the surging Ripon Indians, who take a five-game winning streak into Wednesday’s Trans-Valley League showdown with Modesto Christian.  A perennial Sac-Joaquin Section and state heavyweight, the Crusaders entered Monday’s games 10-5 and tied atop the league table with Ripon (3-0, 14-3).

“It should be fun,” said Contente, whose team last loss to Paradise in the West Coast Jamboree on Dec. 27.

“I think the girls are playing at a high level. They’ve been through some adversity and they’ve learned from it. Every day, I see them taking a step forward to where we want to go.”

Monday’s was a step with confidence.

Waters shot 7 of 14 from the field, canned two 3-pointers, swiped six steals and handed out four assists. To top it off, she was 8 for 8 from the free-throw line.

“Hopefully, we keep her going that way,” Contente said. “She’s been playing very, very well.”

Of course, Waters had help.

Forward Tia Sidtikun finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and muscled down 10 rebounds, while fellow post Morgan Carrico had seven points and nine rebounds.

Defensively, Contente shined praise on Haylee Fannin, who was charged with slowing down Riverbank’s Olivia Luu (28 points). Fannin took a blow to the neck, but battled through.

Only one other player scored in double figures for Riverbank (1-3 TVL): Olivia’s sister, Janelle Luu, with 11 points. Ripon has held its opponents to less than 40 points 11 times.

“That’s our MO,” Contente said. “We do a good job with defense. Look at our record – we keep people in the 40s or less. We do a good job of talking and playing help-side defense.”

Turlock Christian 59, Ripon Christian 53

TURLOCK – Halie Bergman lifted Turlock Christian past the Knights (3-1 Southern League, 9-6), but it wasn’t easy.

Bergman, the Eagles’ University of Pacific-bound guard, scored a game-high 38 points, knocking Ripon Christian from the ranks of the Southern League’s unbeaten.

Here’s the rub, though: Bergman needed a whopping 48 shots to do it. She was 2 of 10 from beyond the 3-point line and just 10 of 38 inside it.

“She puts up a lot of shots. She’s their entire offense,” said Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder, so stunned by the shot total that he had to stop and count the tally again. “They set it up for her. I thought we did a pretty good job on her.”

The Knights can trace this loss back to the third quarter, when a six-point game spun away in eight awful minutes.

Ripon Christian was outscored 17-7 as its offense created more turnovers (12) than points.

“It was a good game. We just had a bad third quarter,” Mulder said. “We just didn’t play well. They coaxed us into some bad passes. We didn’t read their defense and our offense sputtered.”

The Knights clawed back in the fourth and closed the gap to 52-50 with under two minutes left. Better yet, RC was in the bonus, which meant each time the Knights were fouled they were getting an opportunity to score with the clock stopped.

“We had it,” Mulder said.

Wishful thinking.

Turlock Christian sealed the game from the free-throw line, improving to 14-3 and 4-0 in conference play.

Teagan Manus led Ripon Christian with 16 points. Kaylie Colyn had 10, while Cassidy De Rousse finished with nine points and 14 rebounds.


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