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Knights upset Golden Sierra to reach D5 semis, NorCals
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GARDEN VALLEY – Morgan Van Elderen made a key steal for visiting Ripon Christian with 30 seconds remaining to help repel a late rally by Golden Sierra on the way to a 53-45 upset win for the Knights, seeded sixth in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V playoffs.

“They put a lot of pressure on us and I thought our girls kept their composure well,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “And they did a nice job of executing the offense under some extreme pressure.”

Kelly Engel led the Knights (14-14) with 16 points followed with double-double efforts by Renae Heida (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Elizabeth Weststeyn (10 points, 14 rebounds). Van Elderen added six assists and four points and Rachel Loya of the No. 3 Grizzlies (15-12) led all scorers with 20 points. 

Ripon Christian, which qualified for the CIF State Northern California Regional Championships, travels to Sacramento on Tuesday to face top-seeded Capital Christian at 7 p.m. 


Division IV

Foothill 64, Lathrop 38

SACRAMENTO — Sophomore Mary Cotton accumulated 21 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks for the No. 6 Spartans (17-11), but they were outgunned by junior point guard Makaila Sanders and third-seeded Foothill (25-4).

“We ran into a buzz saw tonight,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “Sanders is definitely a D1 (Division I) player — she’s a handful. We tried not to come off of her and let her teammates be involved, unfortunately for us they hit their shots also.

Sanders finished with a game-high 27 points, and her sister Bianca Sanders, a freshman, made five of the Mustangs’ nine 3-pointers for the bulk of her 17 points. Kiara Dempsey added 11 points.

Myani Thornton had eight points, seven boards and three steals for Lathrop, which was down 30-17 at halftime before Foothill blew it open with a 22-point outburst in the third quarter.