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Bulldogs struggle
• CHS girls fall to 4-8 on the year following 1-3 showing last week
Courtney Ford, pictured right, forces a jumpball, during the Ceres High varsity girls basketball team’s opening game against Riverbank at the Livingston Tournament last Thursday. The Bulldogs compiled a 1-2 record at the event. - photo by Dale Butler

Ceres High’s varsity girls basketball team dropped three of four games last week.

The Bulldogs compiled a 1-2 record at the Dec. 13-15 Livingston Tournament.

“It’s a little disappointing,” first-year coach Mike Estrada Jr. said. “That’s a tournament we could have won. Mental mistakes kept our team from doing that.”

Ceres High snapped a five-game losing streak with a 72-0 win over Delhi on Saturday.

Sophomore Lysaida Munoz tallied 19 points for the Bulldogs, who outscored the Hawks 30-0 in the first quarter on their way to building a 51-point lead in the opening half.

Freshman Mia Rodriguez added 18 points.

Camryn Silva collected 17 points.

Freshman Celeste Leon and sophomore Catryna Marquez chipped in with nine and eight points, respectively.

Courtney Ford added one point.

“We weren’t aggressive enough attacking. We were content shooting from the outside. We also didn’t rebound as well as I would have liked.”
Coach Mike Estrada Jr.

“We played the game the right way even though it wasn’t competitive,” Estrada said. “I pulled back in the second half. The girls still wanted to run and do fastbreaks.”

Ceres High suffered a 43-38 loss while competing against Orestimba on Friday.

Silva totaled 12 points.

Munoz and Marquez both contributed eight points.

Rodriguez and Leon scored three points apiece.

Ford and Lauren Gonzalez each had two points.

“We weren’t aggressive enough attacking,” Estrada said. “We were content shooting from the outside. We also didn’t rebound as well as I would have liked.”

Riverbank edged Ceres High 46-39 on Thursday.

The Bruins avenged a 64-27 point loss.

“Riverbank looked a lot better than the last time we played,” Estrada said. 

Silva scored 18 points.

Munoz and Ford added eight and six points, respectively.

Gonzalez, Leon and Rodriguez all had two points.

Marquez tallied one point.

Ceres High opened the Western Athletic Conference season with a 66-35 loss at Lathrop on Dec. 11.

Silva netted 12 points.

Leon added 10 points.

Rodriguez and Ford scored six and three points, respectively.

Gonzalez and Marquez both had two points.

“Lathrop has a really good team,” Estrada said. “The early deficit and mistakes opened the game too much where we couldn’t come back. The two positives were our passing and man-to-man defense.”

Ceres High, which had an overall record of 4-8 on Monday, will play two conference games on the road this week.

The Bulldogs will travel to Modesto to face Johansen this Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

 “We need to work on our rebounding,” Estrada said. “I’m trying to get the whole team to buy into doing the dirty work.”