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Second-half surge propels Manteca over scrappy Ripon

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Second-half surge propels Manteca over scrappy Ripon

Manteca forward Davina Bennett pulls down a defensive rebound in front of Ripon's Hannah Allen.


POSTED December 1, 2009 3:56 a.m.

Effort wasn’t the issue in Manteca and visiting Ripon’s annual Foundation Game showdown Monday.

Execution was.

In a contest that had 47 fouls, 46 turnovers and a paltry 43.9-percent free-throw conversion rate out of 57 attempts, Manteca prevailed 56-48 behind a big second-half surge.

The Buffaloes broke free from a 23-all halftime tie and scored six straight points in the first 36 seconds of the third quarter. Standout junior guard Sharon Washington single-handedly mounted the game’s first double-digit lead by scoring nine in a row to start the fourth before fouling out with a game-high 19.

“That was a typical first game of the year,” Manteca coach Andrea Hiatt said. “These kinds of games are to work on things you need to work on.”

This is the eighth year of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s Foundation Games, which benefit the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship program.

Last year, Sierra’s Heather Scharmann and Ripon Christian’s Matt Unruh were among 50 student-athletes section-wide to earn a piece of the $34,000 worth of scholarships earned by the Foundation Games. Foundations Games do not count against overall records.

Ripon came into the exhibition contest shorthanded with just seven players suited up. Returning starters Kendra Contente, Lauren Feddersen and Paulina Ceja are a part of the school’s volleyball program which aims to reach the CIF State Championships final round with a win at Christian Brothers in Sacramento today.

Though outnumbered, the Indians were not outworked at the start. Using size to their advantage, Ripon led for most of the first half.

Kristy McCann, a 5-foot-10 junior, spearheaded Ripon with 16 points. Sereena Hertel (5-10 guard) finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two blocks; and 5-9 post Hanah Allen added 11 points and seven boards.

“I’m scared to see what Ripon looks like when they get their volleyball players back,” Hiatt said. “They’re a good team.”

Davina Bennett kept Manteca in it during the opening minutes by scoring the team’s first seven points, five from the free-throw line. She had 11 points and eight rebounds despite foul trouble, and fellow post Lexi Ziakas ended up with nine and 11.

Freshman guard Mikayla Hasal had a strong first showing, contributing six points, five assists and four steals.

Lodi 38, Sierra 30
At Sierra, Jasmine Currimao scored 11 points to lead the Timberwolves in a defensive struggle.

Alysia Atkins chimed in with six points and four rebounds. Stephanie Vanni had four steals, three boards and two assists to go with her three points.

Weston Ranch 40,
Stagg 20
WESTON RANCH — Point guard Timnesha Wilson paced Weston Ranch with 11 points, and sophomore forward Jasmine Strane added eight.

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