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Sonora Hoop Girls Storm In To Riverbank Territory
Though they hung tough in the early going, Riverbank's Lady Bruins just did not have the staying power to keep up with a tough and tall Sonora team in the RHS gym on Friday night.

The girls, playing a rare Friday night contest, lost to the visiting Wildcats, 66-27.

The game was close through much of the first quarter, with Riverbank holding the lead a couple of times as the teams battled it out for baskets and possession. But the visitors got on a roll with a couple of minutes to play in the opening frame, converting on successive steals and fast breaks to open up a 21-11 edge after one period.

They kept the pressure on, then, and took a 32-19 lead by the halfway point.

Riverbank was still in the game, but was doomed by a 1-point third quarter, when nothing they threw at the basket went in. Sonora, meanwhile, lit up the scoreboard for 17 points in that frame alone and added 17 more in the fourth, this time to Riverbank's seven.

The good news for the Lady Bruins is that they had seven different players get on the scoreboard, so they were able to move the ball around and get shots from different players and positions on the floor.

Vanessa Rodriguez notched a three-pointer for the host team.

Leading the scoring for Riverbank was Jaylene Thomas with nine, Jennifer Manriquez scored six, Heather Medrano had four, with two each from Irene Castillo and Heather Carey. Rodriguez had her trey and Jessica Hutson sank a free throw, for one point, to account for the Riverbank scoring in the third quarter.

Riverbank hit 8-of-18 free throws on the night, Sonora hit 13-of-18.

The JV girls also found themselves outgunned on their home court, falling to the Sonora team by a 61-17 final. Amanda Cagle had eight points in the loss.