RIPON — After getting drubbed by one undefeated small-school contender, Ripon’s boys basketball team nearly beat another on Tuesday against Liberty Ranch.
The Indians, however, missed short-range shot with less than 30 seconds remaining, and the Hawks of Galt converted a backdoor layup in the closing moments to escape with a 62-60 victory. Ripon had 1.5 seconds on its final possession but could not get a shot off.
“It was back and forth all night, we just got a little unlucky at the end,” Ripon coach Justin Graham said.
Vincent Olmo collected 20 points and 13 rebounds for Ripon (3-3). Adam Wood scored all 18 of his points on six 3-pointers in the second half. Baz Cheema chipped in nine points, nine assists and five rebounds.
Liberty Ranch (5-0) was paced by Jalen Patterson’s 24 points and Jaime Gonzalez’s 15.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Indians, who tip off the challenging Mark Gallo Invitational with Grant next Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Central Catholic.
Ripon Christian 61, Denair 43
RIVERBANK — The Knights (2-2) outscored Denair (2-3) 21-2 in the second quarter while draining 10 overall 3-pointers en route to their third-place finish in the Ron Peterson Tip-Off Tournament this past Saturday.
Will Gilbert finished with 16 points, and Caleb Terpsma had 11.
Sierra 93, Delhi 11
DELHI — Sierra (3-0) surged to a 29-3 start and had its way in the running-clock victory.
The Timberwolves’ balanced scoring was topped by Natalie Dias’ 16 points. Elise Peterson finished with 15, Alexia McBride had 14 and Inessa Villanueva chipped in 12 as every Sierra player contributed in the scoring barrage.
They expect bigger challenges to come starting Thursday in the Oakmont Rotary Club Tournament in Roseville. T’wolves face Franklin of Elk Grove at 5 p.m.
“We have our big test this coming tournament with some no-joke teams,” coach Larissa Founts-Bergerson said. “I’m excited to see how our girls respond.”
Manteca 57, Los Banos 36
The Buffaloes (3-0) went on a 15-2 run in the second quarter to break away at Winter Gymnasium.
Jayda Jackson led the way with 15 points. Kyaira Jacobs (10 points), Paige Peterson (seven points) and Jaslyn Woods (six points) pulled down five rebounds apiece.
Manteca begins the Lincoln Tournament against Beyer on Thursday starting at 3:30 p.m.
Bret Harte 46, Ripon Christian 42
ANGELS CAMP — Ripon Christian (2-2) went scoreless for about a nine-minute span in the middle quarters and gave up 36 offensive rebounds to the Bullfrogs (3-1).
“When you go on a spell like that when you don’t score and are not blocking out, it’s amazing that the girls got it back to 46-42,” RC coach Ed Mulder said.
Morgan Van Elderen scored 15 points, and Sarah Brown added nine.
East Union 58, Tokay 35
LODI — The Lancers (1-3) shot out to leads of 8-0 and 10-0 in both halves and rolled to their first win of the season.
“We’re off the schneid,” EU coach Jim Agostini said. “The kids came out ready to play after the 0-3 start and losing (Monday) night. The girls stayed together and played hard. I love the way they’re hustling.”
Donja Payne anchored the Lancers with 16 points. Freshman wing Ala Tuuaga chimed in with 11 points, Nina Murphy had 10 and 12 of 13 East Union players scored.
Lathrop 62, Gregori 32
MODESTO — Lathrop (2-0) overwhelmed the Jaguars (0-5) in the middle quarters, outscoring them, 37-12.
Ayon Carter turned in a game-high 17 points, Mary Cotton added 12 and Khiya Thonton had 10.
“We were missing our rotations, just a little slow with some of the things we were doing at the start,” Lathrop coach Dwayne Davis said. “We picked up the pace and started turning up the intensity with our full-court pressure and got quite a few deflections.”
Lathrop begins its defense of the Stagg Tournament title Thursday against McNair.
Lathrop 10, Weston Ranch 1
LATHROP — Kassandra Ceja and Aryana Jones poured in four goals apiece as the Spartans (1-2) coasted to their first win of the season on Monday.
Kayla DeAnda and Cydney Garcia scored one each. Weston Ranch (1-4) tallied its only goal in the final minutes with a penalty kick.
Manteca 2, Modesto 2
MODESTO — Two late goals in the first half put the Buffaloes (2-3-1) firmly ahead on Monday, but they gave it all up in a flash during a three-minute stretch midway through the second half.
“We dominated possession and looked really good for about the first 15 minutes of the second half, and they scored two quick ones on us,” Manteca coach Justin Coenenberg said. “We need to do a better job of staying composed after giving up a goal.”
Isabella Avila scored in the 30th minute off an assist from Caitlynn Wong, who scored eight minutes later while set up by Aleah Melendez. Willow Stearns and Aimee Meier split time at goal, combining for three saves.
Sierra 6, West 0
TRACY — The Timberwolves (5-0-2) showed no signs of wear from their grueling opening-week schedule.
They were able to keep the pressure on West from start to finish, getting two goals and an assist each from Jadyn Shinn and Callie Crain. Tiana Cello added a goal and an assist. Yasmin Ballew capped first-half scoring, making it 3-0. Crain ignited Sierra with a long-range bomb from about 45 yards out.
Ripon Christian 3, Millennium 0
RIPON — Madi de Graaf got the Knights (2-0-1) started with goals in the fourth and 38th minutes.
She first scored off Thea Vander Meulen’s corner kick and later intercepted a pass inside the Millennium penalty box to double the lead.
Elle Van Wyngarden chipped in the third goal on a one-on-one opportunity. Goalie Nicole Chapman came up with four saves.
The Knights also blanked Stone Ridge Christian on Monday, 4-0. Taylor Alger, Janine Prins, Rachel Oosterman and de Graaf were the goal scorers.
East Union 4, Ceres 0
CERES — Jasmine Mejia netted two second-half goals and assisted another as the Lancers (2-1-1) dominated the nonleague contest.
Natasha Honore punched in the first goal and was followed by Taylor Campbell’s goal off a corner kick cross from Haley Sims. Malia Allen had three first-half saves, and Kylie Mendez had one in the second half.
JV girls hoops
Bret Harte 40, Ripon Christian 19
ANGELS CAMP — Kendall Pounders scrapped her way to eight points, six rebounds and four steals for Ripon Christian. Samantha Anema had six points, and Priscilla Rojas pitched in with four steals.