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Lady Bruins Topple Two Teams
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The Luu sisters of Riverbank played every minute, while East Union's Vezaldenos siblings had trouble staying on the court.

That made a big difference in Monday's nonleague affair at Dalben Center, where the host Lancers succumbed to the outstanding play of Riverbank's dynamic duo in a 48-33 loss.

There was sophomore point guard Olivia Luu, who led her team in rebounding with 10 while scoring 11 points, dishing out 11 assists and collecting five steals. Meanwhile, big sister Janelle, a 5-foot-10 forward, hit two 3-pointers and made 11 of 15 free throws, racking up a game-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds.

The other 10 Riverbank points were split between its three other starters. The Lady Bruins improved to 7-3.

"They are great basketball players," East Union coach Jim Agostini said. "We were aware of them, we saw them last year. You just have to tip your hat to them. They hit shots and we were chasing them from the beginning of the game to the end."

When the Vezaldenoses were on the floor, the Lancers (2-3) were competitive. The team's two leading scorers just weren't on the floor together often for different reasons.

Victoria Vezaldenos picked up her second foul just 1 minute, 5 seconds into the contest, and she had four 1:09 into the fourth quarter. She ended up with five points and four rebounds.

Freshman Olivia Vezaldenos, EU's table-setter in both half- and full-court situations, hurt her left shoulder while scrambling for a loose ball near midcourt with about five minutes to go in the third. Her nine points and four assists were team-highs.

East Union led for all of 17 seconds. Olivia Vezaldenos' fast break bucket assisted by Madison Hoffman put the Lancers ahead 2-0 with 7:23 to go in the first quarter. Toni Adams answered with two free throws to tie it 17 seconds later, and Janelle Luu's 3 from the top of the arc put Riverbank up for good.

Both teams went cold from the field over the final two periods, but Riverbank's 7-0 run in the fourth, which made it 46-31 at the halfway point, was enough to bury the Lancers.

The Bruin JV team bested East Union 39-35 while East Union's freshman team edged Riverbank 24-17.

Riverbank's varsity girls went on to best Modesto in a 53-34 decision on Thursday. Olivia Luu scored 18 points with nine rebounds while Janelle Luu chipped in 16 points and four blocks. Tori Sandoval scored six points.

The Bruins host Sierra on Thursday, Dec. 27.