JV Girls Show Im­prove­ment In Ripon Hoops Tour­na­ment

Escalon Times - - SPORTS - By MARG JACK­SON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Wins were hard to come by for Escalon’s JV bas­ket­ball girls this week.

They trav­eled to the Ripon Tour­na­ment and opened up their tour­ney ac­tion against Tokay on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 27.

“They were just a bet­ter team than us,” said head coach Rob­bie Leal. “We spent a lot of time throw­ing the ball to the other team.”

Tokay’s pres­sure forced many of the Lady Cougar mis­cues and Escalon took a 45-13 loss in the con­test.

“Katie Karp had six points and Hunter Wheeler had five,” Leal said.

Thursday, the girls played against Modesto High and fought hard but took a 39-23 loss. Still, there were some bright spots in the game.

“Hunter Wheeler had seven points, she went 7-for-8 from the free throw line,” Leal noted.

Karp had six points, as did Ry­ilee McNulty.

“We picked it up in the fourth quar­ter,” Leal said of mak­ing the game closer at the end.

Fri­day, the JV girls found them­selves in a dog fight with Ceres, ul­ti­mately com­ing out on the short side of a 32-30 fi­nal.

“It was a com­plete heart­breaker against Ceres, it came down to a last sec­ond shot,” said the coach. “We missed that shot … but we played well through­out the en­tire game.”

Mya Scott had 10 points in the loss, with Karp chip­ping in with six.

“It’s nice to see her scor­ing again, she was lead­ing us in the be­gin­ning and then went cold, now she’s start­ing to score some points again,” Leal said of Karp.

The girls did make a few too many turnovers in the con­test, but Leal said it was a good end to the tour­na­ment, with the team on the up­swing.

“Now we start a whole new sea­son, we’re start­ing the Trans-Val­ley League and we play Wed­nes­day (Jan. 3) at River­bank and Thursday we are home against Ripon,” Leal said.

Tip off time for the JV con­tests is 6 p.m.


JV Lady Cougars in­clud­ing Katie Karp, 3, Maddy John­son, 33 and Mya Scott, at right, look to block the pass and get in the face of their op­po­nent in ear­lier sea­son ac­tion. The girls kick off TVL play this week.

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