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Ceres High varsity girls open season with loss
Ceres High's varsity girls basketball team opened the 2008-09 campaign with a 47-38 loss to Pitman on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"It's our first game," Bulldogs guard-forward Jode Johnson said. "We're going to get better."

Johnson, Aimee Gunzenhauser and Jamie Beck combined to score 36 points for Ceres High.

Beck, a 6-foot-1-inch sophomore center, poured in 13 points and blocked three shots.

Gunzenhauser finished with 12 points.

Johnson added 11 points.

Amy Raymond chipped in two points.

Pitman's Katie Stack led all scorers with 22 points, including four treys. Jasmine Washington totaled 11 points. Ashley Attaway buried two 3s on her way to tallying six points. Fabby Loza and Yessenia Laza contributed four and three points, respectively.

"The three things that hurt us was our turnovers, defense and free throws," Bulldogs head coach Shawna Nunes said. "They're all correctable errors."

Ceres High committed more than 30 turnovers, surrendered a combined 31 points in the second and third quarters, and shot 63 percent (22-for-35) from the foul line. The Bulldogs missed 4 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, including the front end of a one-and-one twice.

Ceres High rotated three players at point guard during the course of the game, including Gunzenhauser, and sophomores Stephanie Yankovich and Lilibeth Jaimes.

The Bulldogs are trying to find a replacement for Brittany Lusk, who moved back to Oregon.

Freshman Bethany Mazza might be the solution. She was promoted to varsity over the weekend. Mazza's older sisters, Heather and Jessica, were standouts at Ceres High.

"We're looking for somebody to play that won't turn it over," Nunes said.

Bulldogs 35, Pride 26

Bethany Mazza and Harveen Gill made sure Ceres High School's freshman girls basketball squad won its non-league season opener.

The duo combined for 20 points during the Bulldogs' 35-26 victory over Pitman on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Mazza and Gill tied for the team lead in scoring with 10 points. Bethany also had eight rebounds and four assists.

Ceres High also received contributions from Kaycee Creek (six points and 10 rebounds), Ashton Frampton (four points and five rebounds), Cierra Hammons (two points and six rebounds), Jessica Ellsworth (two points and four rebounds) and Celes Magana (one point).

The Bulldogs build a 19-14 lead in the first half behind the stellar play of Creek, Mazza and Gill. Kaycee totaled six points, including four in the second quarter. Bethany and Harveen scored four points each.

Mazza and Gill tallied six points apiece, and Frampton added four as Ceres High outscored the Pride 16-12 in the second half.