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Ripon unable to contain MCs balanced scoring
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SALIDA — Defending champion Modesto Christian has been blowing its Trans Valley League rivals out by over 40 points.

Well, almost all of them.

Ripon was drubbed 65-32 by the Crusaders Thursday, the second smallest margin of victory for MC over the course of the regular season.

The Indians (4-4, 10-14 overall) previously fell to Modesto Christian, 76-48.

Ripon did well to keep pace for two and half quarters, staying as close as 12 midway through the third until Modesto Christian raced away with it.

“We hustled and we played hard, they’re just a very athletic team,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “They had four people in double figures and that makes it tough.”

Stephanie Agostini, Brandi Henton and Danielle Thompson outscored Ripon with 11 points apiece. Taryn Garza led all scorers with 12.

Adriana Maberry paced Ripon with eight points, and Kendra Contente sank the Indians’ only 3-pointers and finished with six. Skye Dominguez, who leads Ripon with 11.3 points per game this season, was held to just four on Thursday.

“We missed some easy shots and had too many turnovers, and that’s what killed us,” coach Contente said. “It’s tough when you’re giving up the ball that easily, and they’re turning those into quick points.”

Modesto Christian (8-0, 18-7) has won 12 of its last 13 games.

The Indians remain in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoff hunt and will close the TVL season next week with intracity foe Ripon Christian Tuesday, and Escalon on the road Thursday.

— Jonamar Jacinto