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Early press pushes RC girls past Summerville
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The Ripon Christian Knights dominated from the outset Thursday against Summerville in the Lady Huskies Basketball Tournament in Hughson.

So much so that coach Ed Mulder had to pull the plug off his press defense about six minutes into the game.

The Knights (3-1) won handily, 64-22.

“(Summerville) had trouble against our press,” said Mulder as his team built up a 28-7 first-period lead.

RC was led by Mikaela Alger and Morgan Alger. They netted 14 and eight points, respectively.

Mulder was able to rest his starters while utilizing his reserves throughout most of the game. “Our starters didn’t play a lot today,” he said.

All 12 of his players contributed on offense.

The Knights will take on Downey at 6:30 p.m. today in an early season rematch.

RC beat Downey rather convincingly in that first meeting.

Weston Ranch 66, Stagg 40

The Cougars came out strong early on and after the intermission, defeating host Stagg in the first-round of the Delta Queen Tournament in Stockton.

Weston Ranch (3-2) took a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

The Cougars made it 44-26 in the third period, outscoring the Delta Queens, 17-9.

Leading the charge was Jazmin Strane, who finished with 17 points. Emoni Wilson and Jakia Richmond chipped in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Weston Ranch will play Edison today at Stagg, with the second-round game scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

Gregori 28, Sierra 23

The Timberwolves (0-3) led through the better part of three quarters during first-round action of the Lodi Tournament.

Midway through the fourth period, Gregori of Modesto surged ahead.

Despite the loss, Sierra coach Steve Unterholzner was encouraged.

“Today, it was definite turnaround for us,” he said. “We just have to learn how to finish.”

Lia Unterholzner led the Timberwolves with seven points. Asia Cortez, Kelly Paredes and Valerie Nestor each hit for four.

Sierra will play either Westmoor or Bret Harte at 5 p.m. today in the Lodi High gym.


Lathrop 35, Ripon 30

Taylor Conley and Briana Fernandez both scored nine points to lead the Spartans past the Indians in the East Union tournament.

Jacqueline Safford added six for Lathrop.

The Spartans will take on the either Manteca High or Escalon at 6:45 p.m. today.

Tracy 31, Sierra 13

The Timberwolves had a tough time handling a bigger Bulldogs squad during first-round action of the East Union tourney.

Sierra was led by Kristen Maestretti, who finished with nine points and six rebounds. Haley Silva added two points, three boards and two steals.

East Union 43, Modesto 2

In the first round of its own Camelot Classic, East Union (3-1) pitched a shutout for three quarters while giving up just two points in the second.

Kayla Torio led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points. Sam Hines and Kayla Torio each pitched in six. As a team, the Squires collected 18 steals.

They will compete in the winners-bracket semifinals at 8:15 tonight against Tracy.


East Union 35, Tracy 20

Destiny Flores had 13 steals and Anna Wood hauled in 19 rebounds as the Lancers rolled past the Bulldogs in the first-round game of the EU tourney.

The game was played at Neil Hafley School.

Wood finished with 12 points while Flores chipped in with eight. Tia Torio contributed nine points and six boards.

East Union takes on Sierra at 6:15 p.m. today at Neil Hafley.

Lathrop 26, Modesto 15

Lauren Collins scored 12 points to lead the Spartans past Modesto.

The Spartans (1-2) claimed a 26-4 in the third period of the first-round EU tournament game played at Neil Hafley.

Defensively, Melissa Ponce and Asianya Jones led the charge for Lathrop.