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Frosh Dawgs capture basketball title
CHS girls dominate
Kendall Meyer helped lead Ceres Highs frreshman girls hoops squad to a first-place finish at its home tournament. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High School's freshman girls basketball team compiled a perfect 3-0 record en route to a first-place finish at its own tournament, Dec. 5-7, at Cesar Chavez Jr. High.

"I'm proud of how they played," Bulldogs assistant coach Kyleesha Williams said. "They showed heart. They worked well together. We still have a lot to work on."

Ceres High defeated Sonora for the title on Saturday.

"We won by default," Williams said. "Sonora got snowed in and had to cancel. They took second and Beyer took third with a win over Hughson."

Ceres High beat Beyer 42-17 on Friday.

Leena Bassi had 13 points.

Julia Pata and Aliyah Smith finished with eight points each.

Alexis Contreras scored five points.

Ceres High opened the tournament with a 43-7 win over Hilmar on Thursday.

Smith led the way with 11 points.

Contreras tallied 10 points.

Moreno, Bassi and Pata collected six points apiece.

"Our defense was great," Williams said. "We shot the ball well. They met my expectations."

CHS frosh boys 3rd
Ceres High's freshman boys basketball team appeared headed for the title game of its home tournament.

The Bulldogs squandered a 17-point lead in the semifinals and reluctantly had to settle for being third-best.

"Very disappointing," Ceres High head coach Tracy Bull said. "We really wanted to win our home tournament. We haven't done that forever."

The Bulldogs compiled a 2-1 record.

Ceres High topped Escalon 55-42 for third place on Friday.

Haaydn Martinez and Elijah Niblett led the Bulldogs with 14 points apiece.

Nick Jones added 12 points.

Ismael Ontiveros had six points.

Ceres High lost 75-69 to Ripon on Thursday.

The Indians battled back from a 58-41 deficit in the final period. Ripon made 20 of 24 shots in the quarter, including 10 of 11 free throws and 4 of 4 3-pointers. "We played not to lose," Bull said. "Ultimately, that cost us. We gave the game away."

The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures, including Martinez (19), Ontiveros (18) and Niblett (13).

Kamio Borja totaled nine points.

Ceres High coasted to a 61-29 victory against Big Valley Christian's junior-varsity team on Thursday.

Martinez had 13 points.

Niblett, Ontiveros and Gilbert Rodriguez tallied 10, nine and seven points, respectively.

Daniel Ulloa and Blaine Abeta scored six points each.

Martinez and Ontiveros were named to the all-tournament team.

Haaydn averaged 15.3 points per game.

Ismael totaled 33 points.

"We got a tough schedule ahead of us," Bull said. "We're pretty entertaining. We just got to play better defense."