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Cardenas and Brock lead varsity girls
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Bruin cager Monica Cardenas is showing a lot of leadership and playing her hardest despite the varsity girls' losses to Escalon and Hilmar during the week.

"She's our top scorer in nearly every game," said Riverbank coach Scott Erickson. "She does a little bit of everything. She steals the ball, brings it down the court, shoots and rebounds. She and Courtney Brock are out there for the whole game. We need other girls to show up and give them some help."

The Bruins lost, 47-39, on their home court to Escalon, losing the first quarter by 7-6; winning the second, 15-12; going down again, 15-6, in the third period; and barely losing the last quarter, 13-12.

Cardenas led the scoring with 12 points. Sonia Naranjo hit nine points; Katie Gettling and Brock, seven each; and Nicole Fatone and Janet Moya, two each.

"It was a good, tight game," said Erickson. " We were only two points behind at halftime. We made some mistakes on defense in the third period and were not patient enough in offense. That made the difference."

Facing Hilmar on Friday in a 47-37 loss, the Bruins fell behind, 10-5 and 14-8, in the first half. They came back strongly to win the third period, 14-6, before Hilmar took back control of the game, 17-10 ,in the last quarter.

"Their Connie Gomes was played very aggressively and making her shots in the last period. Hilmar turned up the heat while we were leveling out," said Erickson.,

Brock led Riverbank on points this time, with 12 followed by Cardena,s with 11. Naranjo scored seven points; Chelsi Walls, four; Gettling, two; and Moya, one.

"The girls are playing better. I feel they are working hard even if their shots are not dropping," said Erickson.