The Lompoc High girls basketball team went from trailing by seven to start to game, to watching Nipomo go on a 7-0 run to start the third quarter to finally – not trailing the rest of the night against Nipomo.
The Braves are now 4-2 in league games after holding off the Titans 41-37 at LHS on Thursday night in a key Los Padres League battle.
Lompoc (9-7 overall) spent the first three minutes being scoreless during the time it was down 7-0 to start the game. But at 2:49 left in the first, Lompoc’s top scoring option all season long Danielle Morgan banked the first basket for the Braves and drew the foul.
Morgan, who reached the 1,000 point plateau two evenings ago against Santa Ynez, energized the Braves’ rally by nailing a 3-pointer that cut the lead to 7-5. Junior Julie Shepherd then tied at seven to help end the first.
Braves head coach Claudia Terrones told her team after the first quarter struggles to keep battling.
“I told them at the end of that quarter that we can’t play any worse than what we did during that first quarter, so just go out and play. It’s really hard for them to get going, but that comes with maturity. Coming down the line, we really controlled the game,” Terrones said.
She also wasn’t surprised to see a high energy effort from the Titans, who have been improving steadily in the LPL standings under head coach David Mendez.
“I’ve been watching film on them. I know they’re very aggressive and very young,” Terrones said. “When you’re both, you have one of those attitudes where you don’t care and you just play the game because you love to play. I’ll give it to David – he’s turned that program around. I’m actually excited for him.”
Abbey Gutierrez led the Titans with 12 points. Gutierrez had five assists and five rebounds. Maddie Witcher added nine points for the Titans, who host Cabrillo on Monday. Nipomo is 9-9 overall and 4-2 in the LPL.
In the second quarter, Lompoc went on a 15-3 run to take a 15-10 lead – spearheaded by Morgan, Kayla Taylor and Alyssa Grossi. The latter two helped provide an inside scoring presence for Lompoc.
Nipomo, however, turned to Clarissa Simonson for its scoring momentum. The freshman find an opening inside and finished with the layup to help energize the 7-0 run to start the second half.
Ketara Mangino of Lompoc would go on and respond with her transition layup that cut the lead to 24-23. Mya Mendoza then gave LHS the lead for good with her two free throws that made it 25-24. Lompoc never trailed from there.
Morgan finished with 16 points. Grossi finished with six points. Taylor had five points. Mendoza and Mangino both finished with four.
Nipomo 68, Lompoc 61
The Titans rallied from an eight-point deficit at half for an LPL win.
Nipomo is now 5-12 overall and 3-3 in the LPL.
The Titans outscored the Braves 43-28 in the second half as freshman Brandon Rios finished with 19 points, 16 of which came in the fourth quarter.
“He was doing a great job finishing around the rim against their big, Jordan Tyler,” Nipomo coach Kevin Hitchen said. “I just kept telling the guys to trust each other, move and screen and play basketball.”
Ethan Uva had 15 points, knocking down three 3-pointers for Nipomo.
Carmelo Hernandez had 11 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Hernandez is averaging a double-double in LPL play.
Andrew Villa led the Braves with 14 points as Jordan Tyler added 12. Jeff Ray and Ruben Cortez had nine points each.
Nipomo’s Ben Sosa added nine. The Titans sank 13 3-pointers as a team.
Lompoc 7, Nipomo 0
Lompoc head coach Jason Cochrane called it both a “very dominant performance and nice bounce back win” over the Titans on Thursday.
The Braves endured their first loss of the LPL season against league leader Santa Ynez on Tuesday, but overcame that loss quick with the trouncing of the Titans at Huyck Stadium behind four goals from Ayziah Simmons.
Lisa Bueno, Kaitlynn Vigil and Hannah Montelban also scored for LHS.
Lompoc 4, Nipomo 2, OT
J.D Montelongo scored the opening overtime goal at NHS and then Eli Zuniga tapped in the other to keep LHS unbeaten in the LPL standings.
The win made Lompoc 6-0 in league games.