HUGHSON — Karla Calderon had one of her best offensive nights for Ripon on Thursday, but the senior guard was by her coach for other reasons.
She accumulated a game-high 20 points as the Indians dominated Hughson 55-28 to set the stage for next Tuesday’s first-place encounter with Mountain House. Calderon scored 17 of her team’s points in the first quarter, but Ripon head coach George Contente said it was her scrappy play that provided the spark.
“She created a lot of havoc off the bat,” Contente said. “On one play there was a loose ball, and she dove probably 15 feet on the floor to get it. The ball came loose, but that was the kind of hustle she was giving us today.”
Hughson (1-2 TVL, 2-12 overall) battled for three quarters to try and stay within striking distance, but Ripon (3-0, 9-7) closed with a 14-4 run. Savannah Clark added 11 points for the Indians. Three players led the Huskies with six points each.
Contente also lauded Clark for her hard work.
“Savannah plays bigger than she is,” Contente said. “Being a sophomore, she’s gotten a lot better and gets rebounds for us. People try to zone us (on defense) and we’re still finding her in the middle. She does a great job of getting to the free-throw line — she was 3 of 4 tonight.”
East Union 49, Sierra 43
This back-and-forth affair was tied after three quarters until East Union broke away with a 15-9 run in the fourth.
Jesse Anzar pumped in 12 points to pace the Lancers (3-1). Jay Gakhal scored 10, while Jojo Espinoza and Blake Greenlee chipped in nine each .
East Union 37, Sierra 20
Nina Murphy anchored East Union’s rivalry win with 17 points. Taysha McGuire added six points for the Lancers, now 3-1 in the Valley Oak League, while three others scored four apiece.
East Union 55, Sierra 46
Pasqual Vasquez had the hot hand for East Union, as he torched the Timberwolves for 25 points. Pressley Demello finished with 13.
Lathrop 57, Oakdale 32
Lathrop (3-1, 9-4 overall) was well ahead 18-3 after the first quarter and coasted from there.
Braydon Rollins spearheaded the Spartans with 12 points, Isaiah Alonso and Paul Kiggins had 10 each, and Isaiah Victor contributed nine points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
East Union 38, Sierra 29
The Lancers built a 25-13 lead by halftime and rode a balanced scoring effort en route to victory.
East Union had every player score including Jaidyn Valencia and Gabriella Cruz, who recorded seven points apiece.