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Knights in line for another title share

RC gets even with TC behind Wickham’s 25

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Knights in line for another title share

Ripon Christian’s Jenny Wickham puts up a shot from behind the arc over Turlock Christian defender Haile Bergman.

JONAMAR JACINTO/The Bulletin


POSTED February 2, 2013 12:19 a.m.

RIPON — The Southern League girls basketball title is likely to be shared by its two parochial schools for a second straight season.

Ripon Christian held off a fourth-quarter charge by Haile Bergman and the Turlock Christian Eagles to prevail 64-53 and force a two-way tie atop the conference standings with three games remaining. Turlock Christian won their last meeting, 59-53.

Jenny Wickham poured in a season-high 25 points for the Knights (10-1, 16-6 overall), while Teagan Manus recorded her second triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

“This is the rivalry game, so we just had to come out and play like a team and we did that,” Wickham said. With the crowd cheering and when everyone is contributing, it just pumps you up.”

The Pacific-bound Bergman was outstanding, especially in crunch time. She scored 14 of her 29 points in the fourth quarter and added seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks.

Bergman nearly carried her squad all the way back from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit. She scored 10 straight points for the Eagles (10-1, 20-4) at one point to close them in 53-49, but she fouled out with 1:29 to go and TC down, 57-51.

Manus grabbed her 10th and final rebound for her triple-double just moments before that, chasing down a missed 3-pointer from Bergman and lobbing it to Wickham while falling out of bounds. Manus got the ball back as Turlock Christian pressed, but Bergman was caught reaching for her fifth foul.

The Eagles last led 35-33 with 5:19 left in the third quarter, but didn’t score again until 44 seconds into the fourth as RC staged a 16-0 run.

“They’re a good team, we’re a good team and it’s been a great rivalry the last two or three years,” Bergman said. “We were back in it, but we just missed too many shots and too many opportunities and I had that stupid foul there in the end.”

Katie Farrar chipped in 10 points and 11 boards for Turlock Christian.

“We stopped the rest of their girls, and that was the big thing,” RC coach Ed Mulder said. “Bergman is going to get her points because she’s a good player, but we executed our defense by stopping the rest of their girls.”

Ripon Christian’s Kaylie Colyn contributed nine points and was assigned to guard Bergman on defense. Cassidy DeRousse was instrumental in the post, as she pulled down 12 rebounds to go with six points.

“We prepared a lot for this game, so it feels good to get the win,” Manus said. “Everybody stepped up when they needed to.”

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