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Walker, Spartans defeat Lady Bulldogs
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Ceres High varsity girls basketball coach Shawna Nunes didn't feel like talking after watching her team lose 66-55 to Davis on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Ceres.

"She's disappointed," said Ceres assistant coach Phil de la Porte.

Nunes and the Bulldogs have never defeated Ashley Walker and the Spartans. Walker is a four-year starter.

She had 18 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, four blocks and two steals during her team's latest victory over Ceres. Teammates Maria Sanchez, a sophomore guard, and Angel Blanco, a sophomore forward, were major contributors. Sanchez had 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. Blanco added 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

Kelsey Sayad, Jennifer Arnold, Heather Mazza and Donna Zaragoza scored 15, 12, 10 and nine points, respectively, for the Bulldogs.

Ceres fell to 8-2 in the Modesto Metro Conference, 16-6 overall.

Davis improved to 10-0 in the league standings, 20-2 overall.

The Bulldogs kept the game close in the first half.

Mazza put Ceres ahead by one point, 17-16, after the buzzer sounded. She made two free throws after getting hacked by Walker. Walker picked up three fouls in the first half.

"We told them at halftime to take the ball at her (Walker)," de la Porte said. "And we didn't do it. That was a big factor in the game."

Walker did most of her damage in the second half. She scored 15 points.

The Spartans outscored the Bulldogs 28-16 in the third quarter on 10-for-19 shooting. Walker, Sanchez and Belinda Vega had 11, eight and seven points, respectively. Davis made three 3-pointers in the quarter. Walker's second trey gave Davis a 39-28 lead with 1:18 remaining.

Ceres trailed 44-33 heading into the final quarter.

"They got hot," de la Porte said.

Each team scored 22 points in the fourth.

The Bulldogs buried six 3-pointers. Arnold made four. Zaragoza and Heather Jones both made one.

The Spartans made five 3s, all in the second half. Sanchez, Vega (nine points) and Tiffany Ashby (seven points) all made one.

Dawgs rout Panthers

Modesto High never posed a threat against Ceres High. The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers in every quarter and cruised to a 57-35 victory Thursday night in Ceres.

Krystle Brown returned from a one-game suspension and led the Bulldogs with a game-high 25 points. Mazza and Sayad added 14 and six points, respectively.

Queen Willard, Carissa Rodgers and Vanessa Flores had 14, seven and six points, respectively, for the Panthers.

The Bulldogs led 27-13 at the break as they allowed just six points in the first quarter and seven in the second.

Ceres outscored Modesto 30-22 after intermission.

The Bulldogs shot 61 percent (14-for-23) from the free-throw line.

The Panthers shot 43 percent (6-for-14) from the charity stripe.

Ceres will play host to the Beyer Patriots tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. - By DALE BUTLER / Staff Reporter of The Ceres (Calif.) Courier