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JV Lady Dawgs finish second
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The Ceres High JV girls basketball team had to settle for second place in a field of eight at its home tournament this past week.

The Bulldogs (3-1) won two of three games. Kaylee Brown made the all-tournament team for averaging 11.3 points and rebounds per game.

“Overall, I'm pleased with how many shots we're getting off,” Ceres coach Kassi Baker said. “We're running our plays right. Our defense and free throws are winning games for us.”

Ceres suffered a 43-35 loss in overtime to Sonora in the championship game Saturday afternoon.

Sabrina Mendoza led the Bulldogs with six points, four assists and four steals. Brown had six points and 12 rebounds. Marissa Cabusas and Jessica Arellano tallied seven and five points, respectively. Aimee Gunzenhauser added five points and seven rebounds.

Tied at 33-all at the end of regulation, Sonora outscored Ceres 10-2 in overtime.

“We really didn't struggle until the second half,” Baker said. “We got tired and all of our players got into foul trouble.”

Sonora outscored Ceres 19-10 after intermission, including 7-2 in final eight minutes.

“If we would have had two more points in the fourth quarter, we would have won the game,” Baker said.

Ceres led by nine at the break.

The Bulldogs shot 50 percent (6-for-12) from the free-throw line for the game. The Wildcats shot 46 percent (11-for-24).

Ceres beat Johansen 39-28 in the second round on Friday.

Brown had 17 points, 15 rebounds and five steals. Cabusas grabbed 12 rebounds and accumulated seven steals. Arellano and Gunzenhauser each had seven points. Mendoza added eight assists.

The Bulldogs led by eight, 26-18, at the end of the third quarter.

Ceres shot 54 percent (13-for-24) from the foul line. Johansen shot 75 percent (3-for-4).

Brown tallied 11 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists during Ceres' 38-17 win over Turlock in the first round on Thursday.

Gunzenhauser had eight points, six rebounds and three assists. Cabusas had six points and seven rebounds. Mendoza had six points and three steals.

Ceres took control in the first half, outscoring Turlock 24-6. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier