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ROUNDUP: Ripon girls cagers outlast Downey
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RIPON — Considering the amount of practices, not to mention a few games and scrimmages, that were cancelled because of the poor air quality stemming from the Camp Fire, Ripon High girls basketball coach Rick Inderbitzin isn’t going to nitpick his team’s season-opening contest against Downey on Wednesday.
The Indians overcame 12 turnovers in the first quarter, a 3-for-18 shooting clip on 3-pointers and a sometimes-porous defensive effort to prevail, 67-60.
“We have to dial that in a little better,” Inderbitzin said. “We tried a new press and gave up some easy layups. At the same time, we were able to score 67 points and didn’t even shoot that well.
“It was a good (tune-up) for us. We have some new kids, including nine juniors and a sophomore, that haven’t played varsity basketball, so a lot of that is going to happen.”
Reina Sausedo led Ripon with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Mikaylah Vaught contributed 12 points, and Mackenzie Hutchinson grabbed nine rebounds. Nine of the 10 available Indians scored.
Abby Van Diepen scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half for Downey.

Sierra 74, Riverbank 33
RIVERBANK — Sierra (2-0) erupted for 24 points in the first quarter and limited the host Bruins to just four in the second to stake a 38-14 halftime lead.
Natalie Dias anchored the early barrage, scoring 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. She also collected five rebounds and five steals.
Jordan Hayter contributed 15 points and made three 3s. Elise Peterson finished with 12 points.

Bret Harte 50, Ripon Christian 49
ESCALON — The Knights’ come-from-behind effort fell short in the Pete Arellano Memorial Tournament opener held at Escalon High.
Ripon Christian trailed 16-1 at one point in the first quarter but later held a one-point lead with 14 seconds left in the game. A short-range field goal in the closing moments was off the mark for RC.
Morgan Van Elderen paced the Knights with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Sarah Brown turned in 11 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL
Sierra 45, Merced 37
MERCED — The Timberwolves (3-0) outscored Merced 27-14 in the middle quarters to get all the separation they needed.
Jaedon Malone and Kendrick Currey led Sierra scorers with 10 and nine points, respectively.

GIRLS SOCCER
Sierra 3, Lathrop 2

Jadyn Shinn added a goal and an assist to her program-record scoring record as the Timberwolves (2-0) toppled their former Valley Oak League foe at Daniel Teicheira Memorial Stadium.
It’s the second straight one-goal loss to a Manteca school for Lathrop (0-2), which was edged out by East Union 2-1 on Tuesday.
Tianna Cello and Callie Crain contributed a goal each for Sierra, which next hosts the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup on Friday and Saturday.

JV girls soccer
Sierra 5, Lathrop 0
Nathalya Yamamoto collected two goals and an assist in the Sierra win.
Maddie Munoz pitched in a goal and an assist. Marissa Gallegos and Alyssa Aguilar notched the rest of the goals. Lela Schluer added an assist.

JV girls hoops
Central Catholic 38, Ripon Christian 19

ESCALON — Kendall Pounders accounted for 11 of Ripon Christian points in the Pete Arellano Memorial Tournament opener.
The Knights, who face Johansen at 5 tonight, had only six players suit up.