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Lathrop girls stay in playoff hunt
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OAKDALE – Lathrop kept itself in the hunt for the third and final playoff slot from the Valley Oak League with a 44-32 road win over Oakdale.
“We jumped out early but got in foul trouble,” Spartans coach Dwayne Davis said. “We pressured well in the second half.”
Mary Cotton led a balanced Lathrop attack with a double-double, scoring 12 points with 11 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and three steals. Myani Thornton (two blocks, two assists, two steals) added 10 points, Donya Phillips (seven rebounds, four steals, block) had eight points and Gurveen Bal (three rebounds, two steals) chipped in six points.
Zoe Gillen had 12 points for the Mustangs and Angelica Lowry nine.

Ripon Christian 53,
Mariposa 51
RIPON – The Knights (11-12) came out on the right end of a back-and-forth contest to hand the Grizzlies (21-2) just their second loss of the season in non-league action.
Kelly Engle and Renae Heida had 16 points each for Ripon Christian with Morgan Elder adding seven points, seven assists and seven rebounds. According to Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder, sophomores Taylor Anema and Rilee Clark had outstanding defensive games.
Mariposa’s Kirsten Dubberke led all scorers with 26 points and teammate Milea Appling added 18 points.

Mariposa 30,
Ripon Christian 16
Sarah Brown had 12 points behind a trio of 3-pointers for the Knights.
Elizabeth Thomas (five points) and Alexis Hilvers (four points) added 10 rebounds for Ripon Christian.

Boys varsity
Ripon Christian 59,
Mariposa 53
It was free-throw shooting versus 3-pointers Saturday with the Knights (14-9) going 15 of 16 from the charity stripe and the Grizzlies (15-7) hitting 12 from behind the arc.
Andrew Vander Weide paced Ripon Christian with 19 points followed by Jadon Vander Molen with 15 points.
Mariposa’s Devon Acker-James earned high-point honors with 23 with teammate Dylan Matt adding 14.