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Riverbank JV Girls Defeat Patterson, 41-39
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After losing two games earlier in the week, Riverbank High School junior varsity girls defeated Patterson by 41-39 at basketball on Saturday, where both varsity teams failed during an afternoon and evening of games against Patterson teams.

The score by quarters, with Riverbank listed first, went 14-8, 6-16, 12-8, and 9-7

Leading Bruin scorers were Kelly Clancey, with 17 points; Vanessa Rodriguez, with nine; Irene Castillo, with eight; and Heather Medrano, with five.

" We gave a great team effort in this game," said Riverbank coach Robert Mayfield. "I told the girls that with good ball handling we could win. With the exception of a minor offensive breakdown late in the second quarter, we handled the ball great and came out on top.

"Patterson is a good team, and the outcome of this game shows what we can do if we are patient on offense and protect the ball. Hopefully we'll build on this game and avenge some of our early league losses in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, Jan 18, Riverbank lost to Hughson by 37-30. Starting very cold, the Bruins lost the first period, 12-2, won the second, 11-7, took the third, 8-4, but yielded the last, 9-13.

Top scorers were Medrano, with 11 points, and Clancey and Castillo, each with six points.

"We came out very flat in the first quarter and had trouble putting points on the board," said Mayfield. "We picked things up a little from there, but we never really got things going on either side of the ball. We were outplayed mentally and physically in this game. Hughson really deserved to win this one."

On the Thursday, Riverbank lost, 52-33, to Livingston.

The score by quarters, with the Bruins listed first, was 10-14, 9-15, 7-8, and 7-15

Clancey led the scoring with 13 points. Jaylene Thomas and Irene Castillo each posted eight points.

"We lost this game because we didn't protect the ball," said Mayfield. We only played six players because one of our starters was serving a game suspension for receiving two technical fouls in a previous game. Heather got into foul trouble early and it really hurt us on offense.

"We turned the ball over 39 times, which is unacceptable if you expect to win games," he added "Despite our poor ball handling, we were only down by 10 points in the fourth, but they had many subs and shot the ball well.