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HOOPS ROUNDUP: Spartans shut out Bella Vista in first quarter
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FAIR OAKS — Lathrop High’s girls basketball team set the tone for its season with a first-quarter shutout of Bella Vista on Tuesday.
The Spartans allowed only a banked-in 3-pointer in the opening half and coasted to a 59-10 running clock victory. They are coming off their first-ever championship campaign but are preparing for their first go-around in the Western Athletic Conference after earning a co-title in the Valley Oak League.
Lathrop had little resistance in the 2018-19 opener, even with key players either out sick or benched early for missing practice. Freshman Kiersten Constantino and sophomore Sanah Singh got to start in their first varsity game, but it did not matter who was on the floor for the dominant Spartans.
“We came out real aggressive and caused a lot of turnovers,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We made it hard for them to get the ball across midcourt, and when they did we bothered them in the halfcourt.”
Lathrop shot out to an 18-0 first-quarter lead. After three, the margin had swelled to 54-5.
Mary Cotton poured in 14 points in limited action. Ayon Carter added 11 points, and Khiya Thornton had 10.

Manteca 68, Gregori 47
Manteca outscored the visiting Jaguars of Modesto 23-8 in the third quarter to break it open.
Marissa Serrano spearheaded the Buffaloes’ backcourt triumvirate with 16 points. Jayda Jackson contributed 14 points and six rebounds, while second-year sophomore point guard Kyaira Jacobs accumulated 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Savannah Turner tallied 11 points for Gregori, burying three 3s in the fourth quarter.

BOYS HOOPS
East Union 55, Ceres 49
CERES — East Union (2-0) got the separation it needed in the third quarter when it overwhelmed the Bulldogs, 19-9.
“We played really tough, physical defense and outrebounded them in the third quarter,” first-year coach James Ward said. “It got our offense going and we started hitting shots.”
Asiah Scott paced the Lancers with 15 points. Marcus Sequeira and Austin Scott added 11 each.

Manteca 62, Elk Grove 53
ELK GROVE — Jorge Cedano poured in 20 points, and Rashawn Ballard pitched in 13 points and seven rebounds as the Buffaloes improved to 2-0. They used a 21-8 burst in the second quarter for breathing room.
Sophomore forward Nick Bell contributed nine points and seven boards for Manteca. Elk Grove was paced by freshman guard Ameere Britton’s 12 points.

Sonora 85, Ripon Christian 37
SONORA — It was tough sledding for the Knights at Bud Castle Gym, as they charged into their season opener with several key players preparing for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship football game.
Sonora (2-0) dominated from start to finish, scoring at least 20 points in every quarter. Sophomore Will Gilbert led Ripon Christian with 20 points, while Sonora’s Austin Patterson fired a game-high 23.

Edison 67, Lathrop 59 (OT)
LATHROP — After a 25-point fourth-period to tie the game, the Spartans dropped their non-league opener Monday night in overtime.
Ameil Adams led Lathrop (0-1) with 20 points. Eddie Cotton added 12 points, Torus Kohn 10 and C.J. Ward eight.

Freshman boys
Elk Grove 58, Manteca 45
ELK GROVE — Ryan Inderbitzin registered 12 points to lead Manteca, and Anthony Bondoc added seven.