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Lady Dawgs third in home tournament
The Ceres High varsity girls basketball team finished in third place at the Ceres Lion's Club round-robin tournament at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium last week.

"They did do a good job," Bulldogs head coach Shawna Nunes said. "Overall, they're learning to play together. It makes us stronger as a team."

Ceres High compiled a 1-2 record at the four-team event.

Bryce Ford was named to the all-tournament team. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward averaged 19 points per game.

"She's playing like an upperclassman," Nunes said.

Ceres High opened the tournament with a 50-44 loss to Atwater on Thursday.

The Bulldogs showed a lot of heart in battling back from a 15-point deficit.

"We tied the game and took the lead," Nunes said. "I'm pleased."

Ford scored a team-high 21 points.

Jessica Ellsworth, Lili Jaimes and Bethany Mazza added seven, six and four points, respectively.

Ashton Frampton and Sofia Luna both contributed three points.

Ceres High beat Bret Harte 52-45 on Friday.

"We know what they're capable of," Nunes said. "It was just a matter of putting it all together. They're getting better."

Ford had a career-high 28 points.

Jaimes made three treys en route to tallying 11 points.

Ellsworth and Luna chipped in with five and four points, respectively.

Frampton and Mazza each collected two points.

The Bulldogs outscored the Bullfrogs 18-10 in the fourth quarter. Ford and Jaimes combined for 17 points.

Ceres High lost 63-33 to Manteca on Saturday.

Ford and Ellsworth finished with eight points apiece.

Mazza, Elizabeth Nunes and Frampton tallied six, five and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs will play host to Sonora on Tuesday, Dec. 28.

Ceres High, which will compete with a nine-player roster this year, begins league play on Jan. 6.

"At this point, they've defined their roles," Nunes said. "We're still refining our substitution pattern. We have improved our ball handling, scoring and composure."