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Opponents Rough Up JV Basketball Girls
Solid efforts didn't translate into wins on the basketball court for Escalon's JV girls this week.

They lost to Hilmar at home to open the schedule, then played at McNair of Stockton in a three-day tournament, going 0-for-3 there.

"We're struggling with our offense," coach Sandi French admitted. "Against Hilmar, our fouling was a bit out of control and they outscored us in every quarter."

Hosting the Yellowjackets on Tuesday, Dec. 9, the JV girls fell 36-21.

Presli Pilati was leading scorer with nine points and Caitlin Brooks chipped in with eight.

Then it was off to the McNair Tournament, hosted by the huge new Stockton school whose campus looks more like a college than a high school.

"We walked in and there were bleachers piled to the ceiling," French said of the huge gymnasium. "The girls kind of froze ... we played scared."

They opened up Thursday against host school McNair and lost a 34-20 game.

"McNair was a beatable team," French pointed out. "They pressed us the entire game, we kept breaking it, but our shots just wouldn't fall, it was like there was lid on the basket."

Liz Mendonca and Brooks paced the team with six points each. Elysha Bergwerff sank four free throws on the night.

Facing off with Lincoln on Friday, French said her girls were beaten by "an all-around better team" by a final of 54-35.

"In the first half, we were right there, down by three and we played a great game, got into our offense," she explained.

But an injury to freshman Corissa Bolls put her out of the game and the team had a hard time regrouping from that, falling back in the second half.

Brooks had a stellar night in the loss, pouring in 15 points.

"She was amazing," French said. "We got it inside to her. Corissa, before she got hurt, had a great game, she was getting rebounds I didn't even know were there and she had nine points for us."

Saturday, JV B coach Joe Dalpogetti stepped in for French and the girls lost to Vacaville Christian, 59-40.

Tied 13-13 after one, Vacaville Christian went on a huge 26-8 run in the second to put the game out of reach. Escalon hung in there, outscoring the larger school in the fourth quarter but falling in the end.

Brooks was leading scorer with 14, Bolls was back and had five points, with four from Bergwerff and some solid play from Morgan Jensen.

Three games were scheduled for the girls this week; they played Monday and Tuesday and will be on the road Thursday for a game in Ceres against Central Valley at 6 p.m.