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Bears girls beaten by Riverbank in 1st round

The Summerville Bears girls’ basketball season came to an end Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV Sac-Joaquin Section Championships.

In its first trip to the playoffs in more than a decade, No. 12 Summerville fell 67-40 to No. 5 Riverbank.

“I told the girls, ‘I’m very proud of them because they took a big step this year to earn a spot in the playoffs,’ ” said Bears head coach Dave Woods. “But they were a better team than us.”

Riverbank shutout Summerville 19-0 in the first quarter and that big hole was too deep for the Bears to dig out.

“The story of the game was the first quarter,” Woods said. “I really think the girls were nervous. We were iced cold and they were hitting everything. We just didn’t make any shots. We were cold. Everything they threw up was going in. We were getting some nice looks. Our offense was getting some looks inside. We got some nice shots, but they just weren’t falling.”

The Bears finally settled down in the second quarter and outscored Riverbank 17-10 to head into halftime down just 29-17.

In the third period, Summerville trimmed Riverbank’s lead to within eight, but that was as close as the Bears would get.

“We just started making our shots,” Woods said. “We started relaxing and Raquel (Relva) started making some key shots. It started to calm some players down. We started playing a little better defense and held them down a little bit.”

Riverbank dropped 38 points in the second half and held Summerville to 23. Janelle Luu scored a game-high 21 points and her younger sister, Olivia Luu, added 17 to lead the team.

Relva tallied a team-best 19 points for Summerville and Haven Trambley finished with nine. Sarah Boyer chipped in five points, Catie Egger notched four and Cassidy Weathers had three. 

Relva also banked the Bears’ lone 3-point shot.

“I think we had a good year overall,” Woods said. “I’m just real proud of these girls. They battled hard all year and never quit. That says a lot about them.”

In other playoff action, the Tioga Timberwolves girls basketball team lost 82-25 to Valley Christian on Tuesday in Roseville.

Tioga, who was the only public school still competing in Division VI, won 14 games this season and had a 9-4 mark in  Mountain Valley League play.

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