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Ripon girls hold Escalon scoreless in 1st, 4th
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RIPON – The Indians improved to 2-0 in the Trans Valley League Monday with a lopsided 51-6 victory over visiting Escalon.

The Ripon High girls varsity basketball squad held the Cougars scoreless in the first and fourth periods.

“In game like this, we had a chance to play everyone early on,” said Ripon coach George Contente. “They were all expected to execute the plays.”

The Indians came out playing rather efficiently, bolting to a 21-0 first-period lead. Kendra Contente and Rachel Rodriguez did most of the damage, offensively, scoring 10 and 6, respectively.

On defense, they smothered the Escalon ball handlers, creating turnovers that resulted in points.

In addition, Ripon (12-3 overall) controlled the boards while hauling in 19 rebounds.

By the break, the Indians held a commanding 33-3 advantage.

Still, there was no letup in the third. Kendra Contente opened up the half by burying a 3-point basket. By the time Escalon’s Elizabeth Mendonca hit from the beyond the arc, Ripon sported a 39-6 advantage.

Tia Sidtikun later got untracked, scoring the final eight points for Ripon.

Kendra Contente had a game-high 17 and Rodriguez finished with 10.

The Indians will face Hughson in Thursday’s TVL matchup.

Ripon Christian 64, Le Grand 24
Le Grand was no match for the Knights.

Ripon Christian (3-0, 9-3) jumped out to an 18-0 lead and never looked back in the Southern League win over the visiting Bulldogs.

“I know they’re rebuilding,” said Knights coach Ed Mulder of Le Grand. “They only had eight players including four who are sophomores.”

The Bulldogs (1-2, 1-11) could do little in containing Ripon Christian, which built up a 36-13 lead at the intermission.

After three quarters, the Knights held a 50-17 advantage.

Mikaela Alder led the way, scoring a game-high 22 points. Raeann De Rousse chipped in with 10.
“I thought we played just fine,” Mulder said. “We got to play our entire bench.”

Next up for Ripon Christian is a road game at Denair on Thursday.