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Ceres High varsity girls third at Ceres Lion's Club Tournament
Ceres High School's varsity girls basketball squad averaged more than 20 turnovers per game while finishing in third place at the Ceres Lion's Club Tournament this past week.

The Bulldogs posted a 1-2 record at the four-team event.

"We're a young team," head coach Vanessa Morris said. "We'll get better."

Junior Bryce Ford and sophomore Allison Gunter earned all-tourney honors.

Ford scored a game-high 21 points as Ceres High topped Atwater 45-34 for third place on Saturday at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Gunter added seven points.

Ashton Frampton had five points.

Jessica Ellsworth, Breanna Freitas and Dia Borden contributed four points each.

The Bulldogs led 21-14 at halftime.

Ceres High got within two points early in the fourth quarter before succumbing 41-33 to eventual-champion Manteca on Friday.

"The difference in that game was we missed layups and had too many turnovers," Morris said. "We played hard the whole time. We just need to eliminate the mistakes."

Ford led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points.

Ellsworth, Freitas, Gunter and Borden collected 10, six, three and two points, respectively.

Ceres High lost 38-36 to runner-up Johansen on Thursday.

Ford tallied 15 points.

Gunter and Ellsworth chipped in with eight and five points, respectively.

The Bulldogs led 21-18 at the break.

Johansen outscored Ceres HIgh 14-0 in the third period.

"We didn't play hard and smart enough the whole game," Morris said. "We didn't take care of the ball. That hurt us. I definitely give them credit for beating us."

The Bulldogs (5-6) will play at Sonora on Dec. 27.