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Ceres High girls put up a fight at home tournament
The Ceres High varsity girls basketball team's 0-3 showing at its home tournament doesn't tell the whole story.

The Bulldogs fell three times by a combined 11 points.

"We're not disappointed in their effort," assistant coach Phil de la Porte said. "They played hard. That's a good thing. We were in every game."

Ceres High senior Aimee Gunzenhauser made the all-tournament team.

She averaged nine points per contest while splitting time at forward and guard.

Champion Bret Harte posted a 46-41 victory over the last-place Bulldogs on Saturday, Dec. 20

Sophomore Jamie Beck led Ceres High with 14 points.

Jode Johnson and sophomore Stephanie Yankovich tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Gunzenhauser added one point.

Down 26-20, the Bulldogs outscored the Bullfrogs 21-20 in the second half.

Second-place Atwater edged Ceres High 54-52 on Friday, Dec. 19.

The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures, including Johnson (18), Gunzenhauser (15) and Beck (14).

Yankovich contributed five points.

Ceres High shot just 43 percent (13 of 30) from the free-throw line for the game.

The Bulldogs trailed 41-36 heading into the fourth quarter.

Ceres High outscored Atwater 16-13 over the final eight minutes.

The Bulldogs lost 45-41 to third-place Hughson on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Gunzenhauser and Yankovich paced Ceres High with 11 points apiece.

Amy Raymond added six points. Beck had five points and six blocks. Johnson and Haley Duarte both collected four points.

The Bulldogs led 34-31 at the end of the third quarter.

Hughson rallied with a 14-7 run in the final period.

Ceres High (3-7) will begin Valley Oak League play next week with games against the East Union Lancers and Sierra Timberwolves.