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Lady Knights overcome foul trouble, game Mariposa
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Ripon Christian’s girls basketball team made its longest trip for a Southern League game Thursday and returned home with its most gratifying win of the season so far.

The Knights battled through foul trouble and an outstanding effort from Mariposa center Emily Brossard to win, 71-57. They capped off the come-from-behind victory with a scorching 24-5 run in the fourth quarter after trailing 30-20 at halftime.

Ripon Christian (7-1, 14-3 overall), which remains a game behind SL-leading Turlock Christian, was whistled for 17 fouls — versus Mariposa’s six — in the first half.

“The girls were really down at halftime, but to see them turn it around and play like they did in the second half made it a great win,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “We picked up the pace, played much better defensively and offensively we executed really well.”

Six-foot standout Mikaela Alger tallied 25 points and 28 rebounds to lead the Knights, while Brossard anchored Mariposa (5-3, 10-9) with 23 points.

The guards played a part as well. Kaylie Colyn turned in 16 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore Teagan Manus handed out nine assists to go with 13 points. Shea Williams, also a sophomore guard, added 19 points for the Grizzlies.

Ripon Christian takes on rival host Ripon High for a nonleague contest at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Trans-Valley League

Ripon 46, Hilmar 32

In Hilmar, the Indians (6-1, 15-5) were paced by Ruth Waters’ 13 points. Abby Waters and Kelsey Alexander each scored eight.

Sophomore

Ripon Christian 54, Mariposa 4

The Knights (8-0, 15-2) made quick work of Mariposa, starting out on an 11-0 run and stretching the early advantage to 27-2 by halftime.

Adri Van Groningen led a balanced attack with 12 points and was followed by Michaela Aimone’s 10 and Dani Erdelatz’s eight.