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Ceres High's varsity girls allow just 35 points in conference loss
Ceres High School's varsity girls basketball team lost at Los Banos on Tuesday, Jan. 11 despite forcing more than 25 turnovers.

The Tigers prevailed, 35-25.

"We played incredible defense," Bulldogs head coach Shawna Nunes said. "We ran our offense. We broke their press. We just didn't make our shots."

Ceres High dropped to 2-10 overall and 0-2 in the Western Athletic Conference standings.

Los Banos improved to 12-8 and 3-0.

Bryce Ford poured in a game-high 21 points for the Bulldogs. Jessica Ellsworth added three points. Lili Jaimes had one point.

Taylor Clancy netted a team-high 10 point for the Tigers.

"Bryce is doing a really good job for us," Nunes said. "She's the youngest kid on the team."

Ceres High outscored Los Banos 16-12 in the second half.

The Bulldogs trailed 23-9 at intermission.

Ceres High shot just 10 of 46 from the field, including 0 of 13 from 3-point range, against the Tigers.

The Bulldogs also struggled at the free-throw line (5 of 15).

"We've racked our brains for answers," Nunes said. "The effort is there. We can't be disappointed in the kids. They've worked so hard and done everything we've asked. They deserve to win."

Frosh Bulldogs fall

Ceres High School's freshman girls basketball team ran into a buzz-saw last week.

The Bulldogs suffered a 51-9 loss at Los Banos on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Ceres High dropped to 4-6 on the year and 1-1 in the WAC. "This is only our second game in league," Bulldogs head coach Jennifer Arnold said. "We have a lot of things to work on. We're going to get better."

Yvonne Verduzco scored a team-high four points for Ceres High. Tessa Corsaut and Kayla Neal both had two points. Patty Barajas added one point.

The Bulldogs struggled offensively thanks in large part to Los Banos' stifling man-to-man defense.

"There was pressure the entire game," Arnold said. "Our girls froze up."

The Bulldogs were outscored 31-3 in the opening half.

"That's the best team we've played this year," Arnold said. "They had a good offense and defense. They were quick."