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WR’s 4th quarter surge routs Ripon

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Ripon High guard Paulina Ceja pushes the ball up court while freshman Emoni Wilson applies the defense during Ripon's 59-37 loss to Weston Ranch Tuesday.

JAGADA CHAMBERS/The Bulletin


POSTED December 16, 2009 1:45 a.m.

WESTON RANCH – Going into the final period it looked as if both team had an opportunity to snatch a pivotal non league win, but an 18-2 fourth quarter run was too much for the Ripon Indians to deal with during their 59-37 loss to Weston Ranch Tuesday in Stockton.

The Cougars (6-1) held a slim three point lead at the intermission, but rode the dominant play of Jazmin Strane inside and the hot shooting from Timnesha Wilson outside to push past Ripon.

“Coming out of every halftime our challenge is if we’re down lets win the first three minutes and if we’re up score the first six points,” Weston Ranch head coach Chris Bauer said. “This is the first time they’ve responded. We shot the ball well, we were strong inside and we were able to dribble-drive well.

“It really was a great team effort.”

Ripon (2-2) opened the contest matching the Cougars basket for basket, getting a strong effort from Lauren Feddersen down-low and taking care of the basketball under constant Weston Ranch ball pressure. The Indians kept things close, trailing by six entering the fourth, but a lackluster effort to open the final period pushed a six-point Cougar lead out of reach.

“I was not pleased with our effort at all,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “We play a lot better than this and we should be playing a lot better than this. We had way too many turnovers; there were too many loose balls on the floor that we didn’t get.

“There are just a lot of little things that we have to clean up.”

Ripon looked like a team with two identities, pushing the ball and taking advantage of scoring opportunities for three quarters, before resulting to limited action on the offensive glass and consistently turning the ball over with the game on the line. The Indians clearly did not close out the game as they would have holed and it had a lot to do with the Cougars’ effort.

“They outplayed us,” Contente said. “There is no two ways about it. They outperformed us and that is just the way it is. I think the hustle plays that we usually get we didn’t get tonight.

“We played terrible and that’s what it comes down to.”

Strane was phenomenal down the stretch, scoring in the paint and slowing down a Ripon frontcourt that enjoyed a great deal of success in over the first three quarters. Wilson was the perfect complement to Strane’s post presence, nailing momentum-shifting 3-pointers in the third and fourth periods.

“I was actually really pleased with our team’s effort,” Strane said. “I knew coming into the game that they were going to have some bigger, taller and a little bit stronger girls. I was a little hesitant about what was going to happen, but after the first half I thought we would be alright.”

Wilson led all scorers with a 20 point performance, while Strane finished with 13. DeArbia Gardner also was in double-digits with 12. Emoni Wilson made solid contributions on the defensive end and chipped in six points off of the bench.

Ripon was led by Feddersen’s 12 points, while teammates Rachel Rodriguez and Alissa Vickers finished with eight and nine points, respectively.

The Indians will try and get back on the right track Friday when they pay a visit to East Union High, while the Cougars will take on Consumnes Oaks of Elk Grove to kick off the first round of the Linden Tournament Thursday.

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