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McClure leads Ceres past Pitman
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Center Kristen McClure was unstoppable during the Ceres High girls basketball team's final summer league game at Blaker-Kinser Jr. High on Tuesday, June 28. She scored 20 points on a mix of close-range jumpers and layups en route to leading the Bulldogs to a 74-49 win over the Pitman Pride.

"I just go out there and have fun," McClure said. "It's just a game."

Ceres' Heather Jones, Jessica Mazza, Jennifer Arnold, Cassie Rayford, Erica Arellano, Kyleesha Williams, Dana Butler and Aimee Gunzenhauser also contributed in the win.

Jones had 15 points and three assists.

Mazza had eight points and eight assists.

Arnold had nine points, including two 3-pointers.

Rayford, Arellano and Williams added seven, five and four points, respectively. Butler and Gunzenhauser both had three points.

Ceres led 42-21 at halftime. McClure finished with 14 points. Jones had seven points and three assists. Mazza had five points and five assists. Arnold and Arellano scored six and four points, respectively.

The Bulldogs went 8-1 in the Ceres summer league, which featured six teams.

"We improved so much from our first game," McClure said. "We're working a lot better together. I think we'll do really good this year."

"I'm very happy with what they did," said Ceres coach Kassi Baker. "I've seen improvement since day one. They're learning more to play as a team."

In 2005-06, Ceres High will try to secure a berth into the playoffs for the 13th consecutive year under coach Shawna Nunes' guidance.

"I think we can do it," McClure said. "We've been working really hard."

Ceres will conclude its summer schedule this month. The Bulldogs play in two tournaments, including one in Reno, July 9-10, and one in Lake Tahoe, July 13-16. -- By DALE BUTLER Staff reporter of the Ceres (Calif.) Courier