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Lady Bruins Grab Another Hardwood Win
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The Riverbank High girls varsity basketball team rolled into its final contest of the LeGrand Tournament facing a Millennium High squad fresh off the heels of a 26 point victory, but that did not sway the Lady Bruins one bit as the squad held on for its second win of the young season.

After seeing its undying effort amount to just a single victory a short season ago, the Lady Bruins have already been able to up their stock by playing hard for 32 minutes and seizing the rewards before the hectic Trans-Valley League schedule even opens up.

Riverbank used a stifling defensive effort to keep the Falcons off of the scoreboard in the final period. Millennium was only able to muster up four points over the final eight minutes of action, a far cry from their explosive 12 point third period coming out of the halftime intermission.

The Lady Bruins held a slim two-point lead at halftime, but saw their backs slammed against the wall when Millennium opened the second half on fire. Riverbank chipped into the Falcons lead, but needed a team-defensive effort to close out the LeGrand tournament on the right note.

Lady Bruin force in the paint Jenni Manriquez continued the impressive opening to her senior season, contributing a game-high 15 points in the win to lead her club in its second win in four games.

Riverbank received a breakout effort Nia Zamora, who made her presence felt with eight points, including a 3-point basket, the only one converted in the contest. Jenny Tapia, Neomi Cisneros and Stephanie Romero all chipped in a pair, while teammate Griselda Mongia added a point.

The Lady Bruins will look to improve on an already impressive start as they prepare for their Dec. 19 showdown with Johansen High. Riverbank will play host to Johansen with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.