There was one player who shot the ball consistently well in this Bakersfield College-Hancock College basketball game Saturday, and she played for Hancock.
Karly Beyers went 9-for-16 from the floor en route to scoring a game high 21 points. Beyers' shooting and the Hancock defense lifted the Bulldogs to a 44-34 win over the Renegades in in the Hancock Crossover Tournament at Hancock's Joe Memorial White Gymnasium.
Of the four tournament teams, Hancock and Cuesta play in the Western State Conference's North Division, and Bakersfield and L.A. Pierce play in the WSC South.
The Bulldogs (8-8) won both of their games in the crossover tourney, their last ones before they start WSC North play at 5 p.m. next Saturday night at perennial WSC North powerhouse Ventura.
Bakersfield is 5-10.
The Bulldogs were thin as it was before the season started, and they were without starters Hannah Walls and Anamarie Fruge.
Fruge last played on Dec. 29, Hancock's last game before the crossover tourney. Walls hasn't played since Dec. 9.
"The last two weeks have been very difficult, not only because we've had to break in a new lineup but because we've been playing some of the best teams in the state," said Hancock coach Cary Nerelli.
The Bulldogs lost to Mt. San Jacinto 80-49 and Irvine Valley 68-34 at the Ventura Tournament in late December. Mt. San Jacinto was ranked third in Southern California when the tourney began. Irvine Valley was rated ninth.
"We're hopeful Hannah and Anamarie will be ready when league play starts. But we're not going to rush them," Nerelli said.
Hancock used just six players Saturday. All of Hancock's starters did get to leave the floor at various times — during timeouts, breaks between quarters and halftime.
Beyers, Calley Pruett, Taylor Lee-Hammer and Grace Rosa played every second of the 40 minutes of game time.
"We know that's the way it is (because of the injuries), and you just have to push through it," said Beyers. "We work hard in practice to get in game condition.
"Our match-up zone was what helped us win," Saturday, said Beyers.
Neither team shot well in any quarter, but the Renegades were 15-for-55 from the floor Saturday. The Bulldogs were 17-for-47.
Bakersfield's Angie Kroger scored the first points of the game with a basket at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter. However, the Bulldogs led from the time Beyeres drained her second '3' to put Hancock up 6-5 at the 5:41 mark.
Not only was Beyer the leading scorer Saturday, but she was also the leading rebounder with 13. She helped the Bulldogs keep the Renegades from getting many second shots in the first half as Hancock, despite struggling on offense, built a 26-13 halftime lead.
Though Beyers was the leading scorer in the game, other Hancock players hit some key shots when the Bulldogs had been points-starved for a time.
Vanessa Ortiz nailed a 3-point shot to boost the Hancock lead back to 34-21 at the 4:22 mark of the third quarter after the Renegades had cut the lead to 10.
Rosa made a follow shot and then scored again after Bakersfield sliced what had been a 38-23 deficit early in the fourth quarter to 38-30 at the 3:52 mark.
Lee-Hammer finished with 11 points for the Bulldogs, though she went 3-for-13 from the field. Rosa finished with nine points to go with her 11 rebounds.
Kroeger snared 12 rebounds for the Renegades. Brianna Mendez had eight. Octavia Croney went 6-for-20 from the field, but she did lead Bakersfield's scoring with 20 points.
Hancock College trailed Los Angeles Harbor College 38-33 at halftime in a consolation round game of this tournament that Cuesta College is hosting.
The Bulldogs out-scored the Seahawks 50-27 in the second half and came away with an 83-65 win at Cuesta. The Bulldogs (11-7) will play the Pasadena-Santa Barbara winner at 1 p.m. Sunday for the consolation championship.
The Seahawks fell to 10-7.
Devin Davis racked up his third double double of the season for Hancock. He finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Shane Carney and Javae Lampkins led Hancock's scoring with 19 points apiece. They both made five 3-pointers.
Carney finished with six assists and five rebounds. Davis had three assists. Carney scored 13 points after intermission, and Davis had 11 in the second half.
Hancock made 12 3-pointers. The Bulldogs will play a 5 p.m. game at Santa Monica Wednesday evening before they start their Western State Conference North Division campaign with a 7 p.m. game at Ventura next Saturday night.
Hancock's game at Santa Monica was re-scheduled. The game was originally slated or December but was postponed because of a fire.
CIF Central Section Commissioner Jim Crichlow said Saturday in an email to the Times that the various Central Section fall leagues will remain the same for the 2018-19 school year.
What that means for the Los Padres League is uncertain, since three of the eight schools remained in the Southern Section while the other five moved to the Central Section and one of those who moved, Orcutt Academy, plays eight-man football.
Apparently, the PAC 8 League will remain intact.
Crichlow said in the email that the Central Section's playoff divisions will be posted some time this week.