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Scoreless Fourth Quarter Costs Varsity Lady Bruins
The challenges that have faced the Riverbank High girls varsity basketball team with each contest on the Trans-Valley League schedule have not gotten any easier, yet the Lady Bruins' best chance at a league win seems to have slipped away during Riverbank's 29-14 loss to Escalon High.

Riverbank opened the contest slowly on the offensive end in the Feb. 9 game, scoring just three points in the opening period. The squad did find some success in the second period, turning up the production by three-fold, but defensively they allowed Escalon to post its best quarter point total of the contest. Escalon went up 9-3 after one and had a 24-12 lead at the half.

Like in many of the Lady Bruins' recent TVL match-ups, Riverbank was able to make solid adjustments at the intermission, but the initial damage had already been done. With both squads scoring at an anemic pace over the final 16 minutes, Escalon's 12-point halftime intermission proved to be more than enough. Riverbank scored just two points to Escalon's four in the third period, no points to Escalon's single point in the fourth.

The Lady Bruins have been plagued by constant inconsistencies throughout the season, making an already challenging job more difficult for Riverbank head coach Corey Edminston.

Team violations, injuries and, of course, one of the Sac-Joaquin Section's most challenging leagues for girls basketball have all played a role in the Lady Bruins' disappointing season.

Riverbank was able to meet several of the challenges that were placed before them, including a pair of wins over the non-league schedule. Riverbank knocked off Delhi High and Millennium High of Tracy for the season's brightest spots, yet the squad has not been able to return to the win column in nearly two months.

The Lady Bruins are scheduled to close out league play this week.

Intense efforts from playmakers Veronica Lopez and Gricelda Murguia helped keep the Lady Bruins competitive over the final few weeks of the season. Alyssa Adams, Nia Zamora, Jessica Hutson and Jenni Manriquez all provided some sort of stability for Riverbank at one point or another for the season as well.