The 36th Annual Escalon Lions Club Invitational did not open the way Ripon Christian would have liked, suffering a one-sided loss to Gregori High Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament 70-54 at Escalon High.
Gregori (2-0) opened with a pedestrian first quarter and then outscored Ripon Christian by 10 in the second quarter for a 36-23 halftime lead. The Knights simply could find no answer, battling with the Jaguars over the next two quarters and failing to outscore Gregori in the third or fourth period.
The Knights (1-1) got a solid effort from Ellen Blankers, who led the club with 14 points. Blankers also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Teammate Kaylie Colyn finished with 12.
The Knights will be back on the court for tournament action at 5 p.m., when they take on the Waterford Wildcats in loser’s bracket play.
Weston Ranch 66, Livingston 23
The Weston Ranch Cougars had little trouble pouncing visiting Livingston High, handling them with ease 66-23 Wednesday.
The Cougars (1-0) had a strong showing in the season opener, getting three players in double figures in the win. Brianna White (13 points), Elisabeth Alexander (12 points) and Emoni Wilson (10 points) all finished with double-digit points.
The Cougars (1-0) will continue the nonleague schedule Monday when they travel to Modesto to take on the Modesto High Panthers.
Livingston 56, Weston Ranch 32
The Cougars got off to a tough start and could not find a way out, falling to Lvingston in the season opener by 24.
Vifctoria Gulley (9 points) and Kelley Laughlin (8 points) led the Cougars scoring attack.
Weston Ranch (0-1) will be back on the court at 7:30 p.m. as they open the first round of the 3rd Annual JV Cougars Tournament with a game against Merced.
Weston Ranch 48, Livingston 25
Weston Ranch opened the contest blistering, building a 34-8 halftime lead on its way to the blowout win.
Anyia Adams led the way with 14 points and seven steals, while Sianne Singharath added 12 points and six steals.
The Cougars will be on the court at 3 p.m., kicking off the first round in the JV Cougars Tournament.