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Knights overpower Gustine
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RIPON – As expected, the Knights got the job done on Monday.

In the 44-21 Southern League victory over visiting Gustine, the Ripon Christian girls varsity basketball squad did so by battling through numerous fouls and turnovers.

The two teams combined for 44 fouls and 40 turnovers.

“It made it tough (for us) to get into the flow of the game,” Knights coach Ed Mulder said.

His team came in averaging about 55 points per game.

“We looked sluggish today,” Mulder added.

Ripon Christian (6-1, 13-4) was led by the sister act of Mikaela and Morgan Alger. Mikaela scored 11 of her game-high 17 points in the first quarter – she also collected 12 rebounds – while Morgan chipped in with 10.

Katie Thomas added seven.

Gustine (2-5, 4-13) scored in the opening minute of the game on Taylor Crowley’s 3-pointer, but was held in check until Bridget Brady connected on one of two free throws at the 1:30 mark of the opening period.

By then, RC reeled off 12 straight by mostly feeding the ball down low to Mikaela Alger.

The Knights kicked off the second quarter by going on a 9-0 run capped by Mikayla Manus’ steal and coast-to-coast drive to the basket coupled with Morgan Alger’s baseline jumper from within 10 feet.

At the break, RC sported a 24-7 lead.

Morgan Alger carried much of the offensive load in the third quarter. She, too, converted a steal at half court into a quick layup.

The Redskins had their best run in the fourth. But by then the Knights were wrapping things up by ending the game on a 6-1 run.

In addition, RC had a 35-21 rebounding edge over Gustine.

The Knights will travel to Mariposa on Thursday.

Trans Valley League

Ripon 55, Orestimba 39

At Newman, the second-place Indians relied on defense in handling Orestimba on Monday.

“We were able to take advantage of turnovers,” said Ripon coach George Contente.

The Indians (6-1, 15-4) led from start to finish, taking a 12-7 first-quarter lead and building up a 26-13 advantage by the intermission.

Rachel Rodriguez led the way with a game-high 19 points. Kendra Contente chipped in with 16 while Kristy McCann and Ruth Waters had eight and five, respectively.

The Indians will host Hilmar in Thursday’s TVL clash.


Ripon Christian 55, Gustine 21

Ripon Christian closed out the first half of Southern League by going unbeaten.

Against Gustine, the first-place Knights (7-0) were paced by Rachel De Vries and Teagan Manus.

De Vries enjoyed a game-high 13 points and nine boards while Manus contributed with 12 points – including 10 in the first quarter – and five steals.

The Knights jumped out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead, and rode the momentum into the following period with a 13-2 run.

They held a 37-12 half-time lead.

 After three periods, RC stretched their advantage, 50-14.

“We tried to take the pedal off the gas in the second half,” Knights coach Pam Bowman said. “We had 13 players and we wanted to make sure everyone got plenty of playing time.”

Vanessa Vallo, in addition, chipped in with eight points.