Ripon’s Reina Sausedo started the game on a 7-0 run Friday night, and the Indians forced 22 turnovers in a 51-33 win over visiting Ripon Christian in Trans-Valley League girls basketball action.
“We started off with a 7-0 run but then we got a lid on the basket,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “We went ice cold and kind of struggled a little bit and they did a good job. They came ready to play. This is a rivalry game and I knew we were going to get their ‘A’ game, but I thought we finished well.
“They’re young and have some inexperience. They turned the ball over a couple of times which helped us out getting a couple of steals and some layups. Overall, we finished it off on a nice note and now we have to get ready for a big game with Livingston next week.”
The Indians (6-0 TVL, 15-6 overall) led just 22-18 at halftime when Sausedo (21 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, four assists) found Myra Toledo (eight points) with a pair of full-court passes for two transition buckets to start the second half, and later in the quarter Ripon went on an 11-2 run to pull away.
The Indians forced eight turnovers in the third period.
“Honestly, I was not impressed with our defense in the first half,” Sausedo said. “I thought it was sloppy.
“But in the second half we were pumped and we all went for steals. We were anticipating passes and getting a little lucky.”
The two teams battled to a 34-34 tie on the boards with Mackenzie Hutchinson (six points) pulling down 10 rebounds for Ripon.
“On the taller girls I get lower, as low as I can,” and try and grab the rebound off the glass,” Hutchinson said. “On our defense we help each other out and that’s how you get steals.”
The Knights (3-3, 9-9) have been beset by injuries and have had to shuffle their lineup while bringing girls up from the lower levels.
“We started to wear down a little bit and it affected everything,” Ripon Christian coach Mike Vander Molen said. “A little less zip, a little less movement, a little less spacing — that affected everything.
“But overall, I am super proud of the girls. This is the best we have played all year. We are going through adjustments with injuries and they played their butts off. Yeah, we could have played better but as long as the effort is there and the attitude is good, I am happy.”
Morgan Van Elderen flirted with a double-double for the Knights with 17 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Lexi Hilvers got in foul trouble in the first half and scored just five points but managed to grab eight rebounds, with three assists, two steals and five blocks.
Both teams hit the road Tuesday with the Indians going to Livingston and Ripon Christian traveling to Hughson. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Ripon 37, Manteca 32
Kaylee Tuggle scored 13 points and Kaylee Hutchinson 10 for the Indians in the non-league contest.
Anessa Gerolaga led the Buffaloes with 11 points.