Ceres High’s varsity girls basketball team is headed in the right direction.
The Bulldogs surpassed last year’s win total with a 54-32 drubbing of host Grace Davis in Western Athletic Conference play on Thursday in Modesto.
“It’s something I knew would happen,” Ceres High first-year coach Mike Estrada Jr. said. “But it wasn’t one of my goals. I have bigger goals.”
Ceres High improved to 6-11 overall and 2-4 in the WAC standings.
The Bulldogs won just five games during the 2017-18 campaign.
“We’ve grown a lot as a team since the start of the season,” Estrada said. “A lot better passing and team work. Everybody is confident in their abilities.”
Ceres High’s Camryn Silva collected 22 points, seven rebounds, seven steals and two steals against Grace Davis.
Sophomore Catryna Marquez added 12 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Freshman Mia Rodriguez had seven points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Sophomore Lysaida Munoz had six points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Freshman Celeste Leon had five points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Courtney Ford had three points, four rebounds and four steals.
The Bulldogs beat the Spartans despite making just 10 of 33 free throws.
Ceres High outscored Grace Davis 44-22 during the final three quarters.
The Bulldogs and Spartans battled to a 10-10 tie in the opening period.
“Once our offense got into a rhythm, it was a pretty dominant performance."Coach Mike Estrada Jr.
“Once our offense got into a rhythm, it was a pretty dominant performance,” Estrada said.
Ceres High lost 51-37 at Los Banos on Jan. 18.
The Bulldogs fell behind 18-2 in the first quarter.
Ceres High committed more than 20 turnovers during the game.
“It should have been more competitive,” Estrada said. “We didn’t take care of the ball. We need to make smarter decisions and not rush our offense.”
Marquez led the Bulldogs with 10 points, five steals and two assists.
Silva had nine points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Munoz had eight points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Rodriguez had five points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Leon had two points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Ford had two points, four rebounds and two assists.
Lauren Gonzalez had one point and two rebounds.
The Bulldogs trailed 37-11 at halftime.
Ceres High will play at Lathrop tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m.