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Escalon no match for Lady Knights
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RIPON — The Ripon Christian Knights wasted little time asserting themselves as the dominant team during their 52-39 Trans Valley League win over Escalon High Thursday.

The Knights (2-0 TVL, 8-8 overall) got off to a swift start, climbing to a comfortable 18-10 first quarter lead and continued to expand the margin. Ripon Christian would double Escalon’s seven point second quarter total, pincreasing the lead to 32-17 by halftime.

Kelsey Tillema continued to be the Knights’ dominating presence, leading the squad in points and rebounds with 20 and 13. Christine Langford had a solid outing, finishing with 11 points on hot outside shooting.

“We have to credit the outside shooting of Langford and the inside power game of Tillema to lead the way,” Ripon Christian head coach Kirk Tillema said. “When you can take advantage of the open shot outside, it tends to open things up in the middle.

“That was the case for us tonight.”

Mikalea Alger chipped in nine for the Knights, while RaeAnne de Rousse added seven. Amaanda Boersma led Ripon Christian with five assists and also scored three points.

Ripon Christian also enjoyed a great deal of success from the foul line, knocking down 19 of 21 free throws for a blistering percentage from the stripe.

“As a team we shot over 90 percent from the free-throw line, which is outstanding,” Tillema said. “We practice free throw shooting every practice throughout.  

“It certainly paid off tonight.”

The Knights will be back on the court Monday when they travel to Hughson to take on the Huskies. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Ripon 63, Riverbank 21
RIPON — The Ripon Indians used a total team effort, getting all 10 players in the scoring column Thursday.

Lauren Feddersen led the Indians with 19 points, while teammates Megan Morias and Sereena Hertel both chipped in with eight.

Ripon (2-0, 9-8) led 23-13 at the half and pushed ahead for good by outscoring Riverbank 16-3 in the third period.

“We made some adjustments on defense to put more pressure on the ball,” Ripon head coach George Contente said. “Our press gave them a hard time. We’re getting better at it so it’s good to see.

“We had some goals for this game and we were able to accomplish them.”

The Indians will make the trip to Cupertino to take on Monta Vista Saturday, before getting back on the TVL grind with a tough meeting with the Modesto Christian Crusaders Monday.

— Jagada Chambers