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Ceres High varsity girls extend winning streak
Ceres High's varsity girls basketball team avenged Valley Oak League losses to Oakdale and East Union last week.

The Bulldogs have surprisingly ascended to a second-place tie in conference play with Sonora at 7-3.

"A lot of people thought we weren't going to be good this year," junior standout Jode Johnson said.

Ceres High extended its winning streak to five games with a 46-42 triumph over Oakdale Thursday night at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Johnson, Jamie Beck and Aimee Gunzenhauser helped shoulder the scoring load for the Bulldogs as they combined for 44 points.

Jode, Jamie and Aimee had 16, 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Cassandra Clark paced the Mustangs with 13 points. Jennie Paugh and Nicole McHenry added 12 and eight points, respectively.

Ceres High held on for the win after building a 34-25 lead in the third quarter.

Gunzenhauser sealed the victory when she scored inside off a rebound and converted a pair of free throws.

The Bulldogs battled back from a 10-point third-quarter deficit en route to a 48-47 upset of the first-place Lancers on Tuesday, Feb. 3 in Ceres.

Johnson played the role of hero again. She tallied 17 points, including the game-winning basket at the buzzer. Jode's 15-foot jumper propelled Ceres High past Sierra in overtime the previous week.

Beck scored a team-high 18 points against East Union (8-2).

Gunzenhauser and Amy Raymond collected nine and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs shot 88 percent (7 of 8) from the foul line.

Ashley Rose poured in a game-high four treys and 18 points for the Lancers.

Alyssa Wegner and Rachel McDaniel finished with 10 and six points, respectively.