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Richter, Ripon torch Yellowjackets
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Zaire Davis of Ripon goes up strong for a shot against Hilmar defenders Erin Benning (12), Kristin Bello (2) and Samantha Perry (23). - photo by Photo by STEVE WELLS

Jourdy Richter drained five 3s and scored a season-high 22 points, and the Ripon girls basketball team had its best offensive game of the season in a 66-26 thrashing of visiting Hilmar on Tuesday.

The 5-foot-6 senior guard has been on a tear for the Indians, scoring in double digits in four of her last five contests.

“It’s a confidence booster not just for (Richter) but for the entire team,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “With the way we’re playing defense the girls are putting it all together.”

Much to the chagrin of Hilmar, now 0-2 in the Trans-Valley League and 6-9 overall. Ripon (2-0, 10-7) set the tone early with a 17-point first quarter but then outscored the Yellowjackets 23-4 in the second for a commanding 40-13 halftime lead. The game finished with a running clock, as Hilmar suffered its worst defeat of the year. Ripon had its highest-scoring game despite the quick finish.

Zaire Davis pitched in 17 points and nine rebounds. Karissa Carlson had eight points and five boards. Kinsey Pettigrew and Hailey Chavez registered nine and eight points, respectively, for Hilmar.

Ripon next hosts Riverbank on Thursday in a showdown between the TVL’s remaining 2-0 teams.

“It’s good to be 2-0 going into some tough games,” Contente said. “We’re playing pretty well and getting better.”

Riverbank 44,
Ripon Christian 38

The Knights (1-1, 10-3) had their eight-game winning streak snapped at Riverbank (2-0, 8-9).

Ripon Christian started well and led 13-7 heading into the second period but struggled offensively from there. Down by 11 at one point in the second half, RC was able to shrink the lead down to four before the Bruins answered with two key free throws.

Riverbank standout Olivia Luu led all players with 23 points, while Ripon Christian did most of its damage in the post with Carly Tillema (17 points, 12 rebounds) and Pam Radach (10 points, 13 rebounds) leading the charge.


Ripon Christian 57,
Riverbank 38

A balanced scoring effort buoyed Ripon Christian, which dominated the final two periods after trailing 27-26 at halftime.

Abby Buitrago, Beth Weststeyn (13 rebounds) and Lyndsey Van Groningen (17 points) poured in 11 points apiece. Kelly Engel chimed in with 10 points and four assists for the Knights (2-1, 12-4).