ESCALON — Ripon Christian’s girls basketball team hit the hardwood running Wednesday and routed Johansen 50-30 in the first round of the Pete Arellano Memorial Tournament.
The Knights (1-0) take on Central Catholic in the semifinals tonight starting at 6:30. They opened up with a 14-7 first-quarter lead and increased it to double digits for the rest of the game.
“We’re real young with a couple of sophomores starting for us, so they’re still learning to play with each other,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “When we moved the ball around we did pretty well.”
Renae Heida is one of those sophomores, and she poured in 12 points, eight rebounds, four steals and four assists in her varsity debut. Senior Molly Hoeksema led Ripon Christian with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Ripon Christian 49, Beyer 41
ESCALON — Sarah Brown spearheaded a balanced effort for the Knights, scoring 15 points to go with four steals.
Morgan Van Elderen added nine points and six assists. Ariel Vander Woude finished with seven points and 10 boards, while Alexis Hilvers pitched in nine and six.
Manteca 3, West 1
Freshman Brian Cerpas scored late on an assist from Alexis Ochoa to hold off a late comeback attempt from the visiting Wolf Pack from Tracy.
Everardo Velasquez and Ramon Rojas gave Manteca (2-0) a two-score lead until West answered in the second half. Rojas also assisted Velasquez’s goal.
Matsua Garcia-Mendez collected 11 saves at goal. Manteca opens its annual Buffalo Cup Friday against Big Valley Christian starting at 6 p.m.
Stagg 3, Lathrop 1
LATHROP — Ronaldo Macias registered Lathrop’s lone goal with the assist coming from Jesus Gomez. The Spartans fell to 0-2.