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Varsity Girls Fall In Crossover Basketball Contests
Coming up just a couple of points short Tuesday on the road, Escalon's varsity girls fell to Amador 31-29 in a Jan. 5 contest.

"We were good in the second half," said coach Kristie Cathcart.

Amador had a 7-4 lead after one and extended it to 15-7 at the half with an 8-3 scoring advantage in the second quarter. Escalon outscored the host team in both the third and fourth quarters, but didn't quite make up the early deficit.

The Lady Cougars had a 10-7 scoring edge in the third quarter and had a 12-9 run in the fourth, falling just short.

Anne Bacay had eight points to lead the team, Breanna Silveira notched seven and Annie Gallego had five.

"We started off slow, that's kind of our story," Cathcart added of being held to single digit scoring in the first half. "They made a couple of lucky 3's and it was actually tied with 15 seconds to go."

Amador got the lucky break at the end, though, and got the win.

Friday, the girls hosted Argonaut on their home court and discovered why the visitors improved to 14-0 on the season.

"We lost 58-21," said Cathcart. "They're tall and aggressive and they can shoot."

Earlier in the season, Argonaut beat Riverbank by a 68-4 verdict so Cathcart was pleased to see her team at least get into the 20s against them.

"I was happy with our eight points in the first quarter," she said of getting off to a little better start than the previous game.

Argonaut, however, had a 23-8 lead after one quarter and stretched it out to a 40-12 edge by halftime.

Pulling back a little bit, the visitors scored 12 points in the third quarter to Escalon's three and the teams traded points in a 6-6 final quarter.

Hannah Yarborough had seven points in the loss, with four from Gallego. Putting in two points each were Jennifer Shipley, Liz Mendonca, Shayleen Archer, Bacay and Autumn Andersen.

"We made them (Argonaut) look better on defense than they were," the coach admitted.

Working with new assistant coach Rick Mury so far this season, he will now take over the varsity squad, as Cathcart will be on maternity leave after giving birth on Saturday, going to the hospital a few hours after Friday night's game.

The girls will wrap up the preseason with two games this week, playing at Bret Harte on Friday night, Jan. 15. They were slated to host Calaveras on Tuesday, Jan. 12 after The Times went to press. They start Trans-Valley League play with a home game on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The full slate of games against visiting Modesto Christian will see the freshmen start things off at 4:30 p.m., followed by the JV game at 6 p.m. and varsity at 7:30 p.m.

No information from the freshman and JV games was available for this past week's contests.