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Ladies defeat Vikings, Panthers
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Donna Zaragoza is a role player. She plays defense, distributes passes and rebounds. Sometimes, she even shoots.

On Saturday in Ceres, the senior substitute provided the Ceres High varsity girls basketball team with a much-needed spark.

With Zaragoza leading the way, the Bulldogs allowed just six points in the second quarter and three in the third in beating Johansen 62-38 in Modesto Metro Conference play.

"She just goes so hard and that jump starts everybody else," said Ceres coach Shawna Nunes.

Krystle Brown, Jennifer Arnold and Kelsey Sayad scored 15, 11 and seven points, respectively, for the Bulldogs. Ceres' Heather Mazza, Meghan Franksen and Kristen McClure all had six points. Zaragoza and Jessica Mazza added four points apiece.

Danielle Goynes and Cissy Denego led the Vikings with 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Ceres improved to 6-1 in the MMC, 15-4 overall.

Johansen fell to 1-6 in the league standings.

"Halfway through the second quarter, they were able to raise the level of intensity like championship teams do," said Johansen coach Duane Steward. "And we weren't able to match it."

Ceres outscored the Vikings 17-6 in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

"We had a lackluster start," Nunes said. "We were ready to play but we didn't focus."

Ceres shot 34 percent (21-for-62) from the floor and 71 percent (17-for-24) from the free-throw line for the game. The Vikings shot 28 percent (16-for-57) from the floor and 38 percent (5-for-13) from the foul line.

The Vikings committed 19 turnovers, five more than the Bulldogs.

Dawgs defeat Panthers

Ceres High took care of business at Modesto High on Friday night.

Brown scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Heather Mazza added eight points during the Bulldogs' 49-33 victory over the Panthers.

Ceres outscored Modesto High 16-0 in the first quarter.

The Bulldogs shot 67 percent (10-for-15) from the foul line. The Panthers shot 65 percent (11-for-17). - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier