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Respectable performance
Ceres High's and Bret Harte's varsity girls basketball teams compiled identical 2-1 records at the Ceres Lions Club Tournament last week.

The Bullfrogs were awarded the championship because they allowed six fewer points (113-119) than the host Bulldogs.

"We should have beat Atwater," CHS head coach Shawna Nunes said. "You're going to have bad games. You're not going to be perfect all the time."

Ceres High defeated Bret Harte 38-32 Saturday afternoon.

Jode Johnson had a team-high 17 points.

Jamie Beck and Stephanie Yankovich tallied seven points each.

Bryce Ford and Lili Jaimes both scored two points.

Leah Rose added one point.

The Bulldogs took a 29-20 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Ceres High squandered a 12-point halftime lead and converted just 21 of 31 free throws during its 57-56 loss to Atwater Friday night.

Johnson buried 11 of 14 foul shots on her way to tallying a game-high 25 points.

Beck totaled 16 points.

Ford and Jaimes each scored four points.

Elizabeth Nunes had three points.

Yankovich and Rose finished with two points apiece.

The Bulldogs pounded Hughson, 45-30, Thursday evening.

Johnson and Beck had 17 and 14 points, respectively.

Ford, Jaimes and Yankovich tallied seven, four and two points apiece.

Rose contributed one point.

The Bulldogs led 38-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Johnson averaged 19.7 points per game on her way to earning MVP honors.

Beck was an all-tourney pick.

"I'm really pleased with Jode," Nunes said. "We're asking her to do everything. She's handling the pressure."

Ceres High (5-5) will close out its preseason schedule at Bear Creek next Wednesday.

"We still have a lot of learning to do," Nunes said.

Dawgs suffer narrow losses

Ceres High School's varsity boys basketball team mustered just one win despite playing all four of its opponents tough at the Tracy Winter Holiday Classic this past week.

The Bulldogs' three losses were by a combined 12 points.

"It's never a good thing to lose," head coach Brian de la Porte said. "But we know we're close to being a good team. We have some things we can improve in like rebounding, handling pressure and executing down the stretch. We're trying to get better before league."

The Bulldogs fell 52-49 to Stagg on Saturday, 66-63 to Livingston on Thursday and 71-65 to Modesto High on Wednesday.

Ceres High had three players score in double figures against Stagg, including Lance Hunter (13), Tyler Cummings (11) and John Dhillon (10).

Katero Lebeau had a team-high 18 points against Livingston.

Canatsy and Lopez netted 10 points apiece.

Hunter (17), Canatsy (15) and Edgar Lopez (13) combined to score 45 points against Modesto High.

Deangelo Williams, formerly of Central Valley High School, led the Panthers with 25 points.

Ceres High edged Los Banos 45-44 on Friday.

Hunter, Canatsy and Cummings led the way on offense.

Lance collected 11 points.

Justin and Tyler tied for second in the scoring column with 10 points apiece.

Bulldog post player Beau Pimentel was sidelined with a knee injury the entire tournament. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder's future playing status is uncertain.

The Bulldogs (4-4) will hold the 30th Annual Ceres Holiday Tournament, next week, at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

Ceres High will play against Beyer on Dec. 28, Patterson on Dec. 29 and Pitman on Dec. 30.

All three games begin at 8 p.m.