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Lady Bruins Topple Escalon To Grab TVL Win
A 16-point second quarter and 15-point fourth period made up for dismal starts to each half, as Riverbank High's varsity girls basketball team cruised to a 45-20 win over Escalon on Thursday, Jan. 6.

The victory landed Riverbank its first Trans-Valley League win since Feb. 12, 2007, which also came against Escalon.

"I wasn't happy with our performance against our neighbors," Riverbank coach Tim Carnes said. "We came out and played at the same pace as Escalon, without attacking their 2-3 zone.

"We have too strong a league to play soft."

Riverbank trailed early after a slow start to the game, but took a comfortable lead at the half and also outscored the host team in the fourth quarter to stay ahead.

"At the end of each half we finally picked up the pace and pushed the ball the way we should have the entire game," Carnes said. "Our defensive effort was good at times and looked at little lazy at times."

Riverbank saw some sharp production from varsity newcomer, Tori Sandoval (four points), and continued growth from junior Genisa Contreras (two points) and freshman Toni Adams (two points).

Consistent scorer Janelle Luu tagged Escalon for 19 points while Aimee Felix bullied inside for 11. Kaitlynn Deabenderfer added four points while Breanne Magana tossed up two and Lissette Reyes one.

Riverbank was reeling from a 96-21 loss to Modesto Christian on Jan. 4. The Modesto Christian squad has already outscored four opponents by over 40 points this season.

The Crusaders jumped to a 32-7 lead in the first quarter, and added over 20 in each of the next two periods. Luu scored 11 in the loss, while Felix and Deabenderfer each added three. Sandoval chipped in two while Magana and Reyes dropped in a free throw each.

Riverbank (1-1 TVL, 6-6 overall) hosted Orestimba on Monday, though results were not available at press time. The Lady Bruins are at Hilmar (0-2, 9-5) on Thursday.

The JV and freshman girls fell to Escalon, the JV by a 65-26 decision in a game where they played well at times, and the youngest Lady Bruins battled but fell short in a 66-9 final at Escalon. MC's junior varsity was also victorious over the Bruins, but does not field a freshman team.