Ceres High School’s girls basketball program closed out Stanislaus State Summer League play with a victory over Turlock Christian on June 30.
“It was definitely a learning process,” coach Kristen McClure said while talking about the Bulldogs’ nine-game season in Turlock. “Overall, they did pretty good.”
The Bulldogs compiled a 5-4 record at Stanislaus State.
Ceres High competed against Central Valley, Turlock Christian, Turlock, Pitman, Hilmar, Patterson, Gustine, Atwater and Buhach Colony.
Nicole Bates, Jessica Arreola, Alexis Contreras, Kaylee Holloway, Leena Bassi, Natalia Cortez, Harmen Bahia, Ayannah O’Neal, Terijo Benavidez and Camryn Silva all suited up for Ceres High’s summer-league team.
Bates and Arreola led the Bulldogs’ varsity team to a 7-12 overall record and tie for fourth place in the Western Athletic Conference standings (4-8) during the 2014-15 school year.
Contreras, Holloway, Bassi and Cortez played for the 23-2 and WAC champion JV Bulldogs this past season.Bahia, O’Neal and Benavidez contributed at the frosh level. Ceres High (13-8) placed third in the conference standings.
Silva could be promoted to varsity her freshman year.
Camryn plays travel basketball for the Modesto Magic.
“She’s so physical,” McClure said. “She has so much energy. She learned our plays really quick. We’ll see what happens at tryouts.”
Silva and her Bulldog summer teammates attended Ceres High’s two-week long basketball camp (June 8-19). They practiced two hours a day, from 2-4 p.m.
Additional practices were staged on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4-6 p.m.
“The girls were in the gym a lot over the last month,” McClure said.
McClure coached Ceres High’s varsity and junior-varsity girls basketball teams a year ago.
She helped coach the Bulldogs’ 19-0 and first-place freshman girls basketball squad in 2013-14.
Kristen was an assistant at the frosh level in 2012-13. Ceres High had a 20-1 overall mark and captured the WAC championship.
“A lot of the JV girls from last season will move up,” McClure said. “We’ll have a good varsity team. I know how they play and what they’re capable of.”