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Lady Bruins Seek First League Win
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Riverbank High's varsity girls basketball team could not penetrate a stiff 2-3 Escalon zone on Thursday, and fell in 31-28 fashion despite a deficit of just three points in any one quarter.

The Lady Bruins were deadlocked with the Cougars at 13-all at the half, but allowed a 10-7 Escalon advantage in the third to finally break things apart.

"That was a fairly even match," Riverbank coach Tim Carnes said. "They had this cement foot zone and we had to take a lot of outside shots."

With Escalon playing physical in the paint, the Bruins looked to bring shots near the hoop, but were rewarded with big collisions near the hoop resulting in bruises and even bites.

"We tried dribble penetration, but we just got hammered and did not get a single call," Carnes said. "We had a girl who received a bite mark on her inner arm. How do you get that without a foul?"

Riverbank was paced by an 11-point effort from Kaitlynn Deabenderfer. Stefani Araujo scored eight while Veronica Lopez added five and Aimee Felix chipped in four.

The Bruins had dropped a 67-28 contest against Ripon on Tuesday. The Indians jumped ahead with a 19-5 run to start the game and opened the second half with a dominant 19-6 third quarter.

Felix scored 12 to lead the team while Lopez added seven. Araujo, Melina Guzman, Jessica Hutson and Nia Zamora each scored two in the loss.

Riverbank is now 0-8 in Trans-Valley League action, 7-17 overall.

"I've always said that if the girls play hard I will take the losses," Carnes said. "So I have quite a few under my belt this year."

The Lady Bruins were at state ranked Modesto Christian on Tuesday and host Hughson on Thursday for the final TVL bout of the season.

"At this point I just want to get one (league) win in," Carnes said. "It would be nice to come away from the Hughson game with a win, and I think we can do that."