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Varsity girls rout Johansen, Modesto
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The Ceres High varsity girls basketball team and Johansen opened league play on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The Bulldogs routed Modesto High, 54-29. The Vikings barely lost to Davis, the two-time, defending league champion, 57-53.

Ceres traveled to Modesto to play Johansen on Thursday night. The Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 11-3 in the first quarter and cruised to a 54-26 victory.

"Our defense won the game for us today," said Ceres coach Shawna Nunes. "They didn't get a lot of uncontested shots."

Added Johansen coach Duane Steward: "They ran us out of the gym."

Krystle Brown tallied a game-high 20 points, Heather Mazza scored 12, including two 3-pointers, and Meghan Franksen added 10 for Ceres, which improved to 2-0 in the Modesto Metro Conference, 11-3 overall.

Megan Lubinsky had a team-high eight points for Johansen, which fell to 0-2 in the league standings.

Ceres grabbed more rebounds and accumulated more steals. The Bulldogs forced 22 turnovers.

Johansen struggled to advance the ball against Ceres' full-court press in the second and third quarters.

"When we went out and started pressing, that changed the game," Nunes said.

"Everybody worked hard."

Said Steward: "They played a real tough press."

Ceres led 26-10 at the break. Johansen missed 23 of 27 shots from the field and committed nine turnovers in the first half.

The Bulldogs led 45-19 at the end of the third quarter.

Ceres shot 28 percent (21-for-74) from the floor and 47 percent (9-for-19) from the free-throw line for the game.

Johansen shot 17 percent (10-for-59) from the floor and 42 percent (5-for-12) from the foul line.

Dawgs win league opener

Ceres allowed no points in the first quarter during its 54-29 win over Modesto High at Ceres High School on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Brown scored a game-high 16 points, Kesley Sayad had 14 and Franksen added 12 for the Bulldogs. Mazza and Jennifer Arnold both tallied six points.

Ceres led 23-9 at the break.

The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 31-20 in the second half, including 16-9 in the third quarter.

Ceres shot just 47 percent (9-for-19) from the free-throw line for the game.

Modesto shot 33 percent (4-for-12).

The Bulldogs play at Downey tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. and at Grace Davis on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Steward said the Bulldogs are going to wear the Spartans down.

"Ceres goes nine deep," he said. "That's going to be the difference."

- By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier