MOORPARK - Four days after a dramatic overtime win to knock Ventura out of sole possession of first place, the Bulldogs (19-8, 6-1) kept their momentum going with a solid Western State Conference North Division win over the Raiders at Moorpark College 88-74 Wednesday night.
Hancock and Ventura were both 5-1 in the WSC North going in. Ventura's result Wednesday night was not known at press time.
With three games left in the regular season, the Bulldogs have put themselves in strong position to bid for a playoff spot.
The Bulldogs won the game at the free throw line, sinking 27 of their 34 free throws. The Raiders shot six foul shots. They made all six.
Both teams shot well from the field,.The Bulldogs were 27-for-51. The Raiders were 31-for-67.
Glenn Jordan and Shane Carney tied for game high scorer. They both put in 20 points for Hancock. Spirit Ricks, with 12 points and 10 rebounds, notched a double-double for the Bulldogs. Devin Davis scored 14 points and snared six rebounds.
Cole Mizek led Moorpark with 17 points. Garrett Bilby added 17.
Moorpark 62, Hancock 46
MOORPARK - Brianna Rubalcaba scored a career high 13 points for Hancock Wednesday night, but the Bulldogs never could really get into contention and lost to the Raiders in a key Western State Conference North Division game at Moorpark College.
Moorpark turned the tables on Hancock after the Bulldogs beat the Raiders 35-29 at Hancock in the first round of conference play. Moorpark moved to 18-6, 5-2. Hancock is 12-11, 5-2 after dropping its second straight.
Both teams have three conference games left, and the Raiders moved ahead of the Bulldogs into second place behind 27-time defending conference champion Ventura. Only the conference winner is guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, but the Bulldogs got in last year with a third-place finish.
Hancock had a stronger pre-season last year than this one, though, and a third-place finish for the Bulldogs figures to make a post-season appearance this year less likely.
Moorpark led 12-2 early, and Hancock never was able to get in it. The Raiders led 48-29 when the fourth quarter started.
Charlyee Amos popped in a game-high 23 points for the Raiders. Teammate Emily Heming, with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, notched an unconventional double-double.
Rubalcaba shot 6-for-11 from the floor. Grace Rosa scored 10 points for Hancock, but she was just 4-for-13 from the field. Hannah Walls scored nine points, all on 3-pointers.
Moorpark stopped two of Hancock's leading scorers, Taylor Lee-Hammer and Karly Beyers. Lee-Hammer scored just five points, and Beyers had only two.