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JV girls get revenge against Vikings
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Johansen defeated the Ceres High JV girls basketball team 38-29 in the championship game of the Ceres Tournament on Dec. 11.

The Bulldogs got revenge against the Vikings in Modesto Metro Conference action in Modesto on Thursday.

"That's the first time we have beat Johansen in three years," said Ceres coach Kassi Baker.

The Bulldogs allowed zero points in the first period and routed the Vikings 45-26 during the second meeting.

"The only reason we lost to Johansen the first time we played them is because we shot the ball terrible," Baker said. "In this game, we came out and tried something new."

The Bulldogs spread the ball around and attacked the basket.

Four of Ceres' players accumulated three or more assists. Five Bulldogs grabbed at least six rebounds

"We got a lot of shots off, which was good," Baker said.

Erica Arellano led the Bulldogs with 14 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. She made two 3-pointers.

Ceres' Jamie Boling scored nine points, grabbed 11 rebounds and accumulated nine steals, Cassie Rayford had nine points and eight rebounds, and Kyleesha Williams tallied six points, six rebounds and four assists.

Kaylee Brown had four points, nine rebounds and three assists, and Dayna Butler added three points and five assists for the Bulldogs.

Shawna Bryant scored a team-high nine points, Kayla Xavier had five and Shanae Stevens added four for Johansen.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in the MMC, 7-1 overall.

The Vikings fell to 0-2 in the league standings.

"At practice, we're trying to teach them everything we can teach them," Baker said. "They're catching on. They're improving every game."

Ceres led 20-8 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 13-0 in the first period. Johansen had 10 turnovers, including six in the second period.

The Bulldogs shot 22 percent (9-for-41) from the field and 50 percent from the free-throw line (1-for-2) in the first half. The Vikings shot zero percent (0-for-22) from the field and 62 percent (8-for-13) from the free-throw line.

Ceres increased its lead to 18 in the third period.

The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 10-9 in the fourth period.

Ceres shot 23 percent (17-for-75) from the field and 44 percent (7-for-16) from the foul line for the game.

The Vikings shot 15 percent (8-for-55) from the field and 56 percent (8-for-55) from the charity stripe. They also committed 17 turnovers.

Dawgs top Panthers

The Bulldogs opened their MMC schedule with a win in Modesto on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Arellano had nine points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals, Butler tallied nine points, seven assists and three steals, and Boling added eight points and 11 rebounds in leading Ceres High to a 44-26 victory over Modesto High.

Ceres led 32-17 at halftime. The Bulldogs scored 24 points in the first quarter, 18 more than the Panthers.

In the second half, Ceres outscored Modesto 12-9. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier