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Sierra overcomes poor shooting vs. Livingston
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Sierra’s shooting woes continued Friday night, but the Timberwolves will gladly take the 27-23 victory over Livingston in the Pitman Holiday Classic in Turlock.

The Timberwolves (7-4) made just 11 field goals while converting 5 of 19 free throws. They averaged 32 points in their last three contests and look to snap out of this funk in the consolation championship today at 4:30 p.m.

“We are having a hard time getting the ball in the basket right now,” Sierra coach Martha Spivey said. “We are lucky to be hitting a slump right now in preseason against a team like Livingston as opposed to league when it counts.”

Tiffany Harris poured in 10 points to pace the Timberwolves. Livingston fell to 2-8.

On Thursday they opened with a 57-35 loss to Central Valley of Ceres. Celine Barber had eight points to lead Sierra, but Mia Lorenzo accumulated 23 for the Hawks.

Lady Knights Tourney

Ripon Christian 39, Hilmar 32

Six-foot center Amber Hilvers collected eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks to go with her team-high 12 points, as Ripon Christian (4-3) advanced to the title round of its own tournament. Hughson awaits the Knights at 7:30 tonight.

Carly Tillema grabbed 12 rebounds, and Teagan Manus scored nine points.

“We were in control most of the way and played pretty good defense throughout,” Ripon Christian coach Ed Mulder said. “We also cut down on turnovers, which we was huge tonight because Hilmar (6-5) is a pretty good team.”

West Coast Jamboree

Eureka 57, Ripon 34

Zaire Davis and Morgan Carrico gutted out valiant efforts for the injury-ravaged Indians (4-5), who dropped their fourth straight loss Friday at Ygnacio Valley High of Concord.

Still hobbled by their own injury issues, Davis and Carrico led Ripon with 12 and nine points, respectively. Jill Jamero chipped in eight points.

Eureka jumped out to leads of 15-5 and 26-11 in the opening half and didn’t look back. Ripon takes on Encinal at 12:30 today.


Ripon Christian 24, Ripon 20

The final score of this Ripon Tournament opener between neighboring rivals was the largest margin of the nip-and-tuck contest.

RC’s Jessica Van Vliet was the lone player to score in double digits, finishing with 10 points, four steals and four rebounds. Julia Ray pulled down nine rebounds while contributing five steals and four points. Lauren DeVries chimed in with four points and four boards, and Jessica Orozco dished out six assists.

Sarah DeFrieta fired six points to lead Ripon. Ripon Christian (9-5) plays Lincoln at 8 tonight in the championship.