Ripon High’s girls basketball team is undefeated through four games, and it is doing it with defense.
The host Indians held previously undefeated Beyer to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters en route to a 37-29 victory.
Ripon led 24-11 at halftime and continued to bother the Patriots (4-1) on the defensive end over the final two periods to make up for increasingly sloppy play on offense. It wasn’t a perfect performance by any means for the Indians, but one that coach George Contente is pleased with.
“We did a nice job on defense; we moved our feet, had hands in the passing lanes and forced them turned the ball over,” Contente said. “I’m proud of the kids, but this was just another game, that’s what our approach is.”
Sophomore post Kelsey Alexander led Ripon with 12 points. Junior Ruth Waters contributed 10 points and four assists to the win.
Weston Ranch 62, Tracy 41
Sophomore A.J. Brown pumped in 20 points and six assists as the host Cougars improved to 3-2.
Leticia Infante added 10 points, Emoni Wilson pulled down nine rebounds and Marceen Bryant came up with five steals.
Weston Ranch turned up its play in the third quarter to mount a 24-10 run, leading to a commanding 54-26 cushion.
East Union 55, Johansen 28
Marina Sayler poured in a game-high 18 points as 11 of 12 East Union players scored. Dani Herrera chipped in with eight points.
The Squires (2-1) opens their own tournament Thursday with Modesto at 8:15 p.m.
Weston Ranch 43, Tracy 31
The Cougars used a 20-point barrage to run away with it in the fourth quarter, helping them overcome 28 turnovers.
Brianna White led the way with 12 points, while Courtney Brown and Aaliyah Thomas chimed in with 10 apiece.
East Union 54, Johansen 11
The Pages (3-0) got a double-double effort from Stephanie Flores, who grinded out 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Tia Torio led all scorers with 14 points while adding eight rebounds and six steals. Anna Wood contributed eight points and six boards, and Samantha Gonzalez had seven and seven.