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Ripon pounds first-year Lathrop
Feddersen pours in 21 points from the post
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RIPON — It didn’t take long for senior Lauren Feddersen to get back into her basketball groove.

She and two other Indians, junior guards Paulina Ceja and Kendra Contente, were key players on Ripon High’s volleyball team that advanced to the California Interscholastic Federation State Championships semifinal for the second straight year.

Feddersen led Ripon with strong interior play Monday in a 50-25 victory over first-year varsity Lathrop, finishing with 21 points while the rest of the team did its damage on the defensive end.

“We’re still trying to get our volleyball players’ legs under them, and after only two days of practice they’re doing pretty well,” Ripon coach George Contente said. “Lauren got most of her points off (offensive) rebounds and hustle plays, and she also did a nice job of getting open.”

Ripon (2-0) did it with defense early on, using a full-court press to mount a 30-11 halftime lead. Ceja contributed eight points to Ripon’s attack.

Lathrop (0-3) was led by juniors Krystal Ruiz and Jasmine Elder, who had seven and six points, respectively.

“We just couldn’t match up with (Feddersen) — she was too big and too strong inside,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said.

Ripon next heads to Patterson Wednesday, while Lathrop faces Tracy on the road next Tuesday.

East Union 62, Modesto 56
Junior wing Lexy Posz had a career night at Dalben Center Monday, as the Lancers (2-0) looked to her to produce with forward Shalane Jackson and center Rachel O’Neal in foul trouble in the first half.

Posz recorded 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and five steals for East Union. She also hit a 3-pointer midway through the fourth to put the Lancers up by 10.

Modesto caught fire early, taking a 19-14 lead into the second quarter.  East Union outscored the Panthers 18-10 in the third to pull away.

“It seemed like every one of her shots was a big one tonight,” East Union coach Jim Agostini said of Posz. “She gives us a lot of everything, whether it’s hustle plays, rebounds or offense.”

Guards Briona Fontenot and Krystal Young chipped in 10 points apiece. The Lancers host Johansen Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

Tokay 46, Sierra 32
LODI — It was an uphill struggle throughout for the Timberwolves (0-2), who trailed 16-1 after a quarter of play. Sierra did well to cut the deficit down to seven at one point in the third.

“We spotted them 15 points to start the game, and that’s not an easy thing to come back from,” Sierra coach Stephan Unterholzner said.

Center Jaslynn Liotard pulled down 15 rebounds to go with nine points to lead Sierra. Michelle Arroyo scored 11 points.

Sierra opens the Stagg Tournament Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Lower Levels
Sophomore

East Union 43, Modesto 12
The Squires evened their record to 1-1 behind Kristen Piasecki’s 17 points. Allison Telles added 12 points to the cause.

Freshman

Sierra 34, Tokay 19
LODI — Asia Carter accounted for nearly half of Sierra’s offensive output, firing in 16 points to go with seven steals.

Valerie Nester contributed eight points, five rebounds and six steals for the Timberwolves (1-1). Brenda Padilla turned in seven points and six boards.

— Jonamar Jacinto