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Ladies fall to 2-6 in WAC standings
Head coach Shawna Nunes voiced her opinion and took her frustration out on a medical kit during the Ceres High School varsity girls basketball team's 48-35 loss to host Patterson in Western Athletic Conference play Thursday night.

"We did not play a good first half at all," Nunes said. "That, coupled with the officiating made for a bad game."

Bryce Ford tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 4-14 on the year and 2-6 in the WAC standings. Jessica Ellsworth added 14 points. Lili Jaimes tallied three points. Elizabeth Nunes had one point.

Ceres High shot just 52 percent (11 of 21) from the charity stripe.

Patterson improved to 11-13 and 5-4.

The Bulldogs trailed 24-10 at the break thanks in large part to Patterson's physical play. Ceres High also missed all eight of its free-throw attempts, including four by Ford.

The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 25-24 after intermission. Bryce had 14 points and made eight of her 11 free throws.

"We didn't execute our offense or defense in the first half" Nunes said. "We played much better in the second half. They (officials) also started calling fouls."

Ceres High will play host to Central Valley on Thursday. The WAC finale will get underway at 7:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs lost to the Hawks for the first time in program history earlier this season. The 56-31 setback snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak.

Huskies secure split

Hughson High School's varsity girls basketball team lost 43-20 at Ripon on Monday, Feb. 7.

The Huskies bounced back with a 45-25 win over visiting Escalon on Thursday.

Hughson improved to 13-10 on the year and 7-3 in the Trans-Valley League standings.

The Cougars dropped to 5-19 and 0-10.

Alyssa Perry tallied 10 points, nine rebounds and six assists against Escalon.

Addie Garza had seven points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Becky Hobby collected six points, two assists, two steals and one rebound.

The Huskies led 20-8 at intermission.

Garza had nine points, six rebounds and two steals in Hughson's loss to Ripon.

Marissa Genzoli added five points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The Huskies trailed by just two points, 7-5, at the end of the first quarter.

Ripon outscored Hughson 26-9 in the middle periods.