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ROUNDUP: Complete effort lifts Lathrop to girls hoops win at Ceres
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The Lathrop girls basketball team dominated in all phases, getting a double-double from senior guard Kierstin Constantino in a 56-36 shelling of host Ceres on Monday.

The Spartans’ long-range specialist led the team with 14 points but also had 12 assists and three steals.

“I’m proud of the way we played a good, defensive game, and I’m proud of Kierstin — this was one of the best all-around games she has had,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “She shared the ball, and it showed that when she does that it opens up the floor for herself and the entire team. I was also happy with how we rebounded well and with what we got out of the bigs.”

Lathrop (6-2 Western Athletic Conference, 16-6 overall) staked a 38-17 halftime lead and continued to the defensive dominance in the second half, holding Ceres’ top player, Mia Rodriguez, scoreless in the second half. She settled for six points, and Celeste Leon led the Bulldogs with 15.

“We put Isa (Paniagua) on (Rodriguez) and she shut her down for the most of the game,” Davis said.

Egypt Jenkins nearly joined Constantino in the double-double club, collecting 12 points and nine rebounds. Sannah Sunner added 10 points and three boards. Sydney Hanks had six points and eight boards.

Lathrop welcomes Pacheco tonight.



Central Catholic 64, East Union 58

The Lancers (3-2, 15-5) missed an opportunity to keep pace with the top dogs in the Valley Oak League, blowing a 43-30 lead.

Central Catholic (4-1, 13-6) outscored the visitors 21-8 in the fourth quarter to force overtime. East Union had a shot to win it at the end of the regulation but was off the mark.

Dylan Lee led the Lancers with 24 points, and Bryan Howe contributed 10.

“We had a bunch of things not go our way,” East Union coach Charles Legan said. “We gave up too many fouls and the game just got away from us at the end.”


Manteca 61, Oakdale 39

The Buffaloes (4-1 VOL, 12-8 overall) followed their biggest win of the season with another defensive gem against visiting Oakdale (1-6, 7-15).

Justice Chase and Noah Lyons spearheaded a balanced scoring effort with 13 and 11 points, respectively. Ryan Inderbitzin contributed with nine, while Braden Nussbaumer and Taj Mehrok added eight apiece.

Jackson Holt finished with 12 points to pace the Mustangs, who were held to 26 points the last time these two teams faced off.


Ripon Christian 51, Livingston 36

The Trans-Valley League’s top team was slow to start at Livingston (2-3 TVL, 9-12 overall), trailing 7-4 after the first quarter.

The Knights (6-0, 14-6) eventually found their groove and used a 20-9 tear in the fourth quarter to gain separation. Griffin de Abreu scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth, and Eli Terpsma fired 10 of his 12 points in the second half. Derek Van Elderen pitched in eight points.

Rocklin Baptista scored seven to pace the Wolves.


Lathrop 64, Ceres 53

The host Spartans (7-1 WAC, 10-9 overall) overcame a lackluster start in which Ceres (4-2, 11-8) jolted out to an 8-0 lead. They managed to take a 27-24 advantage into halftime and slowly widened the gap from there.

Camryn Hayes registered 13 points for Lathrop, while Anthony McKinnon and Samuel Stewart each had 12. Izaias White scored all six of his points in the first quarter to keep his team in it early on.

Verlis Smith tallied a game-high 17 points for the Bulldogs.



Weston Ranch 5, Manteca 0

Weston Ranch (7-0-1, 17-3-3) are leveled with East Union at the top of the VOL standings. They meet Friday at East Union.

At Manteca (2-7, 3-7-1), the Cougars did all of their scoring in the first half. Mauricio Morales got them going with goals in the first and 29th minutes. That unlocked the Ranch’s attack, as Angel Zapata, Zinedine Valdez and Alexis Chavez followed with goals in the next four minutes.

Contributing with an assist each were Aaron Martinez, Jaime Arreola, Morales, Zapata and Valdez.



Ripon Christian 3, Orestimba 0

The Knights (5-0-1, 12-4-2 overall) locked up their seventh shutout of the season in the Southern Athletic League matchup.

Addison DeJong converted a first-half penalty kick, and Ripon Christian padded its lead with goals from Sarah Vander Veen and Avery Barnes in the second half. The team hosts second-place Mariposa today and third-place Gustine on Thursday.


Ripon 7, Hilmar 1

Olivia Maragos tallied the final goal of her hat trick in the 46th minute for TVL-leading Ripon (7-0, 18-3 overall) last Friday.

Maddie Winter added a goal and an assist. McKenna Pokorny, Allison Harvey and Katie Rhodes took care of the rest of scoring. Katie Martin, Jaydin Kroutil, Natalie Johnson and Grace Graze each had an assist. Goalkeeper Peyton Naranjo came up with two saves, as the Indians overwhelmed Hilmar with a 26-3 advantage in shot attempts.  


JV girls basketball

Lathrop 63, Ceres 26

All 10 Spartans players who suited up contributed with points. Haven Urbina-Thierry led them all with 15 points, scoring all in the first three periods while hitting three 3s.

Alaba Olaleye contributed 10 points. Samreet Dhot and Ajah Sith each had eight. Lathrop improved to 7-0 in the WAC.


JV boys basketball

Manteca 66, Oakdale 25

Evani Gaeta scored 14 points in Manteca’s 13th straight victory.

Peyton Nieman chipped in 12, and Bryson Davis had 11. The Buffaloes are now 5-0 in the VOL, 19-2 overall.


Frosh boys basketball

Manteca 75, Oakdale 32

Ruben Moreno led the balanced Buffaloes (5-0, 18-3) to a blowout VOL win.

Other key contributors included Jayden Scarver with 13 points, Damien Jovee with 11, Vince Cardoza with eight and Lorenzo Vargas with seven.