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Girls Basketball Loses to Escalon Rivals

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Rivalry begins when two teams have seemingly equal competition. This year, Ripon Girls Basketball versed their rival, Escalon, on Jan. 11 at Escalon High School. In the first half, Ripon came out with determination to defeat their rival, but due to Escalon’s quick thinking and agility, Ripon had a tough competitor. Unfortunately, Ripon was defeated, with the final score being  29-62. 

Senior Vanessa Ponce, explains, “I think I performed my best to a certain extent, but as a team I feel that we could’ve done better to break the press.”

Freshman Ava Hernandez states, “I believe we as a team could’ve communicated better throughout the game.” Ripon could’ve broken Escalon’s defense and communicated better throughout the game. 

Like the team’s basketball skills, the team’s chemistry is only improving as the season goes on. Ponce states, “As the season is progressing I think our team chemistry is getting better, and I think we need to find our rhythm as we go on. But it’s definitely improving.”

 To work efficiently with each other, the basketball team must be willing to welcome people into their team, such as new players and lowerclassmen. Hernandez explains, “At the beginning there is pressure but now I’m more comfortable because all the upperclassmen are really welcoming.”  

Although Ripon lost, they’re constantly working to improve their skills and their communication with each other.

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Braelyn Allen, Journalist
Braelyn Allen is a freshman at Ripon High School. This is her first year being in journalism and she is eager to participate in all the given opportunities. She runs on the Cross Country and Track teams. She’s excited to meet new people and experience more things throughout highschool. She wishes to become more involved with the school community as the year goes on. She’s ready to learn more about those around her and begin to socialize more with her peers. She hopes to continue journalism throughout her highschool years. Beyond that, she hopes to further her education beyond graduation.
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Violet Wagner is a freshman at RHS. She enjoys writing and interviewing new people. Violet is participating in cross country and track this year, and taking honors and AP classes. She is most excited about this journalism class, and to attend all the football games. If she could pick one movie to watch for the rest of her life, she would choose “Inception,” in hopes that she will be able to understand it.

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