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Indians keeps TWolves at bay
Sierras Jaida Franklin (3) tries to muscle past Ripons Katie Kaiser (11) on Thursday in a 45-39 non-league home win for the Indians. - photo by GARY JENSEN/

RIPON — Sierra narrowed a 10-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter but could not close the gap as host Ripon held on for a 45-39 win in non-league girls basketball action at Ripon High.

The Indians (4-1) used a balanced attack with Reina Sausedo scoring seven points and Mariah Strickland, Katie Kaiser and Mia Van Lewen adding six apiece. 

“We came out strong in the first half,” Ripon coach Rick Inderbitzin said. “We were moving the ball around well against their zone and taking nice shots, but then we started making bad decisions which allowed them to get back in the game.

“Sierra kept up and with only eight players. You have to give them credit.”

Despite constant pressure by the Indians, the Timberwolves’ Alison Edwards led all scorers with 19 points and teammate Raiann Prieto added nine.

“We tried to keep Alison (Edwards) from getting the ball,” Inderbitzin said. “She did a good all-around job of playing under control and not getting frustrated.” 

Oakdale 41,

Ripon Christian 28

OAKDALE – The Knights (2-6) got out of the gate with a four-point first quarter and never found their offensive rhythm at in non-league action Oakdale High. 

“We’re young and have been struggling defensively,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “But tonight we had problems from the field, shooting 22 percent.”

Kelly Engle led the Knights with nine points and Zoe Gillen of the Mustangs (2-6) led all scorers with 15 points.