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Basketball Girls Suffer Tough Preseason Overtime Loss
Lady Bruin Julia Kovneva, 17, battles with two McNair of Stockton Lady Eagle defenders on Wednesday. At times, there was a bit of light rain, but the varsity girls soccer team pulled out a 1-0 win in the non-league match.News Photos By Ric McGinnis
Lady Bruin Paola Reyes, 5, brings the ball down court early in the third quarter of Thursday’s varsity girls basketball game. The pre-season action saw Mt. Diablo’s Lady Red Devils visit, although originally scheduled for Riverbank as an away game. News Photos By Ric McGinnis

Riverbank’s Lady Bruin varsity girls fought hard in a home basketball game last week, but they came away with a one-point loss in overtime against a Bay Area team in a preseason contest.

There was some confusion in the scheduling initially, but word got out that morning that the away game scheduled for Concord against Mt. Diablo High School on Thursday, Dec. 6, would be moved to a home game at RHS.

The Sixth Annual Winter Concert the RHS Music Department had scheduled was moved to the Bruin Gym, since both started at 6:30 p.m. As it turned out, those who attended the concert were able to also see the second half of the basketball game. And it was an exciting one.

Although they played possibly their best game of the season so far, it was still a tough loss to take. Although the home team was as much as 10 points ahead early in the fourth quarter, that lead slowly melted. The Lady Red Devils came on strong, tying the score with an arching 3-point shot by their point guard with just 20 seconds to go in the game, and they tied it up at 47.

Even though the teams had four minutes to work with on the OT clock, there weren’t that many more points scored. With 1:30 left, Riverbank held just a 50-49 lead and the game remained close, but Mt. Diablo came out on top, 51-50.

Two days before, on Dec. 4, the girls had suffered a 69-56 loss in Waterford.

The Lady Bruins were to play Calaveras High in San Andreas on Monday, Dec. 10, before traveling to the Livingston Tournament on Thursday through Saturday.


Girls Soccer

The RHS girls soccer program is fielding just a varsity squad this year, and their home game got a few sprinkles last week.

On Wednesday, Dec. 5, the Lady Bruins hosted McNair of Stockton on a wet but not drenched field.

Play was close in the first period, with neither team getting on the scoreboard, but the Riverbank girls were able to pull out a 1-0 victory in the match, their first reported win of the season.

They lost, 9-0 to Beyer on Thursday and 11-0 to Turlock on Friday last week in the Pitman Tournament, in Turlock. They were to travel to East Union High School in Manteca this past Monday.


Boys Hoops

The Bruin varsity basketball team traveled to Stockton, suffering a 62-49 defeat at Stagg High School on Dec. 4, then they lost 53-31 in Sonora on Dec. 6.

They were to play at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp on Tuesday, Dec. 11, after press deadline, then they’re scheduled to play in Waterford on Dec 13.


Bruin Soccer

Varsity boys soccer matches last week included playing at McNair on Wednesday, Dec. 5, suffering a 2-1 loss. Thursday and Friday, they were at the East Union Tournament in Manteca, losing to the home team, 4-0, on Dec. 7, then falling to McClatchy High School of Sacramento in the next match, 2-0.

Boys soccer takes the field next on Tuesday, Dec. 18, hosting Livingston.