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Ripon rolls T’Wolves

Indians ride early lead to victory

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Ripon rolls T’Wolves

Ripon High's Adriana Mayberry puts the pressure on Sierra's Nicole Sylvester in the second half of the Indians' 41-26 win over Sierra.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED December 3, 2009 2:16 a.m.
Ripon High opened the game on a 12-0 run and refused to let up in the first half, rolling to an easy early-season victory over the host Sierra Timberwolves.

The Indians built a comfortable first period lead behind solid execution on offense and team-wide intensity on defense, converting on several effortless buckets and holding Sierra to just two points over the first eight minutes of action.

“With the kids that I have this year effort is not even a question,” Ripon High head coach George Contente said. “We get 100-percent from them every day, in practice and in the games, so you don’t have to push them to keep going.

“We finally got some volleyball players out there and you could see how much faster we get going on the floor.”

Sierra proved to be little challenge for the Indians early, but was able to turn in some positive minutes on the court in the second half, resting on the long-distance shooting of Michelle Arroyo and the inside post-presence of senior Jaslynn Liotard.

Arroyo was able to connect on three 3-pointers on her way to 11 points, while Liotard had her way on the offensive glass, chipping away at a double-digit Ripon lead with nine points.

“I want us to play the whole game, inside and out,” Sierra head coach Stephan Unterholzner said. “If you don’t have the entire game things are not going to work for you. We look to take advantage of the inside and outside. We did a little of that in the second half.

“Not enough, but it will come.”

The Indians got a tremendous effort from junior Hanna Allen. Allen was impressive in her 10-point outing, chipping in six of her 10 down the stretch when the Indians were looking to put things out of reach. Teammate Rachel Rodriguez led all scorers with 12 points, while Sereena Hertel finished the contest with eight.

Ripon (1-0) was able to win the battle on the boards, getting strong rebounding from Adriana Mayberry and 6-foot-senior Lauren Feddersen. Feddersen made her season debut after a lengthy fall season volleyball journey finally came to an end Tuesday, in the CIF NorCal Finals.

“We are pretty solid and have pretty good size down there,” Contente said. “We’re working hard on that aspect and we are getting to where we want to be, but we got a little tired late.

“Overall it was pretty good rebounding, but we will get better at it.”

Ripon will be back on the hardwood Monday when they play host to the Lathrop Spartans, while Sierra will make a trip to Lodi to take on the Tokay Tigers.

Consumnes Oaks 40, Lathrop 37
The Spartans were able to hold their own down the stretch, but it would be Consumnes Oaks that would pull out the thrilling three-point victory.

Jasmine Elder led Lathrop in scoring finishing with 12 points, while teammates Brittany Rallios and Cheyenne Celada chipped in seven and five points, respectively.

Lathrop (0-2) will look to add its first mark in the win column when they travel to Ripon to take on the Indians Monday.
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