MERCED — Ripon High’s shorthanded boys basketball team continued its early-season struggles Tuesday, losing a non-league tilt at Golden Valley, 68-51.
The Indians (2-3) are minus several of their top players who are competing for a CIF state football championship this Saturday. They fell behind early and were down 34-16 against the Cougars (3-4). Ripon was done in by 19 turnovers in the half and finished with 29 overall.
“We had so many turnovers,” Ripon coach Justin Graham said. “They pressed us the entire game and we couldn’t handle it. Rebounding continues to be an issue. Without the football players, we don’t have the size and athleticism to compete with these bigger schools.”
Malik Taylor led Ripon with 15 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Brayden Haines sank three 3s and ended with 12 points.
Bret Harte 3, Weston Ranch 1
Armeet Kaur tied it up at 1-1 for host Weston Ranch (0-4-2), getting the assist from Montserrat Ruiz Perez. The Bullfrogs recaptured the lead in the 65th minute. Cougars keeper Kehura Ellerbe racked up four saves.