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Beck, Johnson propel CHS to road wins
After playing five of its first six league games on the road, Ceres High varsity girls basketball members will enjoy the comforts of home-court advantage for most of the remainder of the year.

"It's been hard on the girls," said Bulldogs head coach Shawna Nunes, whose team has traveled six times since the start of the VOL season. "You're always leaving early and getting home late. You don't have a lot of good rest. That makes it difficult."

Ceres High evened its VOL record at 3-3 last week after winning two of three games on the road.

The Bulldogs defeated Lathrop's first-year program, 51-26, on Friday.

"You can't underestimate anyone in our league," Nunes said. "If you don't play hard every night, anything can happen."

Jamie Beck and Jode Johnson both tallied 22 points for Ceres High, which outscored Lathrop 34-9 over the second and third periods.

"We did a really good job of getting the ball inside and rebounding," Nunes said.

Beck and Johnson scored 15 points apiece during the Bulldogs' 49-34 loss at Weston Ranch on Thursday.

Ceres High fell behind 25-17 in the first half.

"We just didn't handle the press," Nunes said. "A lot of it was miscommunication on our part."

The Bulldogs escaped with a 50-47 win over previously-unbeaten Manteca on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

Beck had 22 points, 13 boards and four blocks. She accounted for four of her team's final six points.

Johnson added 17 points.

The Bulldogs dominated the second period (17-9).

"They threw four or five defenses at us and couldn't stop Jamie," Nunes said.

Ceres High (3-3) plays at crosstown rival Central Valley this Thursday (7:15 p.m.). The Bulldogs will try to extend their all-time record to 7-0 against the Hawks.