Tournament host Ripon made a run in the third quarter and would not close the gap in losing to Cosumnes Oaks 58-42 in the championship game of the girls Ripon Winter Classic on Saturday.
The Indians (2-4) trailed the Wolf Pack (5-2) by 11 at halftime and narrowed that deficit to seven in the third period but personnel shortages took a toll on Ripon.
“Our kids played hard,” Indians coach George Contente said. “We were two people short that were out of town and that made a big difference.”
Zaire Davis had 30 points and 17 rebounds for Ripon.
Lathrop 33, Bret Harte-Angels Camp 28
Lauren Collins scored four free throws in the game’s final 28 seconds to secure the win for the Spartans (3-5).
Prior to Collins’ prowess at the line, Lathrop had hit just two of nine free throws.
“We have shot so poorly from the line to start the season,” Spartans coach Dwayne Davis said. “And today we finished.
“Lauren stepped to the line and had four consecutive free throws and that was huge. We were able to get the lead and maintain it.”
Collins and Lydia Calix shared high-point honors for Lathrop with nine apiece.
“We had patience today,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We didn’t commit the turnovers that have been taking us out of games.
“We have been in just about every game we have played but we let teams speed us up and force us to turn the ball over. We honored the possession today. We got shots at the basket instead of turning the ball over.”