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Ceres High JV girls win MMC title
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The Ceres High JV girls basketball team concluded the 2004-05 season with a 45-34 victory over Davis on Thursday in Ceres.

The win helped the Bulldogs claim the Modesto Metro Conference title outright with a 14-1 record.

Ceres (19-2) finished a game ahead of Johansen in the league standings.

"I was real happy with how we did," said Ceres coach Kassi Baker. "If you ask the girls, they'll say they should have gone 21-0."

Erica Arellano, Jamie Boling and Cassie Rayford had 13, 12 and nine points, respectively, for the Bulldogs, who battled back from a nine-point, halftime deficit.

Ivy Ogbeide tallied 11 of her game-high 14 points in the first half, Brittany Gonzalez and Nichole Mayer each scored six points, and Jackie Ibanez added five points for Davis, which went 17-6 overall, 9-6 in the MMC.

Trailing 9-6 at the end of the first quarter, Davis capitalized on seven Ceres turnovers in the second quarter en route to building a 23-14 lead at the break.

The Bulldogs shot just 11 percent (4-for-35) from the field in the first half. The Spartans shot 26 percent (8-for-31).

Ceres missed 13 of 14 shots in the second quarter.

"Our shots weren't falling in the first half," Baker said. "We also had a hard time handling the press. We panicked."

Ceres took command in the second half with suffocating defense.

Davis managed to make just two of 32 shots, including one of 13 in the third quarter and one of 19 in the fourth. The Spartans made just six of 17 foul shots.

Ceres' offense was also efficient, especially in the third quarter, when it made 7 of 15 shots.

Arellano's jumper in the key capped a 17-2 Ceres run and gave the Bulldogs a 31-25 lead.

Arellano and Kyleesha Williams accounted for 12 of Ceres' 21 third-quarter points. Arellano and Williams had seven and five points, respectively.

Ahead 35-29, Ceres outscored Davis 10-5 in the fourth quarter.

Five players scored for the Bulldogs. Arellano, Boling, Rayford, Kaylee Brown and LaJuana Guillory all had two points.

"We executed in the second half," Baker said.

Ceres made 12 of 33 shots after intermission.

The Bulldogs shot 24 percent (16-for-68) from the floor and 62 percent (8-for-13) from the free-throw line for the game. The Spartans shot 16 percent (10-for-63) from the floor and 41 percent (12-for-29 ) from the foul line. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier