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Lady Dawgs struggle in league play
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Ceres High's varsity girls basketball team dropped to 3-5 in the Valley Oak League standings after sustaining back-to-back losses last week.

"We don't have any consistency," head coach Shawna Nunes said.

The Bulldogs fell 55-39 loss to Manteca Thursday night at Winter Gym.

"We didn't play aggressively defensively or offensively in the first half," Nunes said.

Kaylee Brown totaled a game-high 15 points for Ceres High, which dropped to 3-5 in the VOL. Jode Johnson, Amy Raymond and Brittany Lusk netted nine, four and three points, respectively. Aimee Gunzenhauser, Jamie Beck and Cassie Rayford all chipped in two points. Lilibeth Jaimes and Stephanie Yankovich added one point each.

The Bulldogs shot 60 percent (15 of 25) from the free-throw line.

Sharon Washington and Marissa Navarro both totaled 13 points for the Buffaloes, who improved to 4-4 in conference play.

Ceres High trailed 35-16 at halftime. The Bulldogs mustered just two points in the second quarter.

"We played token defense," Nunes said. "They went by us at will. It was layup after layup."

Ceres High lost 47-36 to defending Valley Oak League champion and undefeated East Union on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at Phil de la Porte Gym.

"It was a competitive game," Nunes sad.

The Bulldogs had two players score in double figures. Brown tallied 14 points, while Johnson added 10. Gunzenhauser had four points. Jaimes, Lusk and Yankovich all contributed two points. Beck and Rayford added one point apiece.

Ceres High shot 45 percent (10 of 22) from the charity stripe.

Rachel McDaniel tallied a game-high 18 points for the 8-0 Lancers. Ashley Rose buried four treys en route to scoring 12 points. Stephanie Swift added seven points.