Pioneer Valley had things tied up at 23-23 – until the Panthers girls basketball team only mustered one point in the next 10 minutes against the Lompoc Braves.
Lompoc pulled away with an astonishing 27-1 run to start the late rout – beating Pioneer Valley 56-33 on Friday night in the Bryan Ayer Classic at LHS.
Bella Robles and Danielle Morgan were two Braves who found creases in the Panther defense, as both went to the blue paint to get their points. The Panthers stayed in the contest with Aalyah Moreno and Ravynne Anlelski shooting from long distance and knocking down two early 3’s.
After being up 11-7 at the start of the second quarter, Kayla Taylor started to get involved on the scoring end, by getting a two inside the blue area and netting two second chance baskets that extended the lead to 19-7.
The Panthers, however, wouldn’t go away – by forcing some bad passes on the Braves’ end and getting LHS into foul trouble.
Morgan helped energize the Braves in the third quarter with a viscous swat, as the ball rolled near the doors. However, the Panthers turned to a half court pressure defense and went on a 9-0 run to tie things up at 23-23.
Braves head coach Claudia Terrones was blunt about the way the Braves played in the early going.
“We don’t know how to start a game yet,” Terrones said. “I think it has a lot to do with inexperience. I like the way Pioneer Valley plays. I like the aggressiveness in them. And I actually think this is a good game for us to be in. At halftime, we made some adjustments and just working together more as a team – especially getting into our offense. Once we got into our offense, it was just a much different game.”
Lompoc responded by netting four free throws, helping go on a 6-0 run that built the lead to 29-23 in the third. Morgan then added to the lead with four points inside the paint, elevating the Brave run to 10-0 and the 33-23 lead. Morgan scored 13 of the Braves’ third quarter points – furthering expanding the lead to 41-24.
The lead eventually ballooned to 50-24 before the Panthers scored nine more points to close out the game. Overall, Terrones and the Braves left underwhelmed by how they played.
“We played two quarters of basketball tonight. We need to learn how to play four quarters,” Terrones said.
Her daughter Morgan led the way with 22 points. Even she admitted this wasn’t the Braves’ best game.
“All five of our starters were in a funk,” Morgan said. “When all five of us are out of it, it’s kind of hard to pick it up. We all went into halftime and our coach just told us ‘We need to pick it up.’”
Anlelski led PVHS with 14 points. Robles and Mya Mendoza both finished with eight points apiece for Lompoc.
Saturday is the last day of the girls basketball tournament with Lompoc taking on Santa Barbara in the 1 p.m. contest at Bryan Ayer Court.
Cabrillo improved to 2-0 in the season with the 45-point rout of Calexico in the Coachella Tournament.
Erin Jenkins led CHS with 16 points while Jesse Jenkins added 15 for the Conquistadores. Brittney McCune tallied 11 for CHS in the Conqs' 53-8 victory.
Ruth Dozier Tournament
Santa Ynez's girls evened their record (1-1) with a 52-50 victory over host Atascadero at the annual Ruth Dozier Tournament.
Santa Ynez was led by Lita Wright with 26 points and Sarah Perkins and Ashley Quiroga who both had seven.
"We came out slowly and Atascadero went out to a 12-0 lead," said Santa Ynez coach Mike Alexander. "But we adjusted our defense, going from a zone to a tight man-to-man. Atascadero struggled with our man-to-man and we were finally able to catch them in the fourth quarter and held on for the win."
Santa Ynez wraps up tournament play Saturday against San Luis Obispo at Atascadero High.
The Conquistadores picked up their second win in the Nordhoff Tournament by trouncing the Fillmore Flashes 89-26.
LeAndrew Knight led the way with 18 points. Casey Folk added 15 for the Conqs. Cabrillo also went 22-of-24 from the free throw line.
Sierra Pacific Tournament
HANFORD — Santa Maria (2-0) defeated host Sierra Pacific 98-80 at Sierra Pacific to move into the championship game.
Last year, the Golden Bears beat the Saints in the tournament championship game.
This time, Santa Maria senior guard Kobe Medina poured in 35 points, all on 3-pointers, and pulled down six rebounds.
Joey Nevarez put in 22 points for the Saints, and Thomas Segel scored 14. Clark Kringel notched nine points nad nine rebounds, and DaJoure Burress led Santa Maria in rebounds with 10.
The Saints, who erased a six-point halftime deficit, hit 16 3-pointers. They will play for the title at 8 p.m. Saturday night against an opponent to be determined.
Ruth Dozier Tournament
Santa Ynez (1-1) won a long one, edging Fallbrook 62-61 in double overtime at Morro Bay High School.
The Pirates out-scored the Warriors (0-2) 8-7 in the second five-minute overtime period. The Warriors out-scored the Pirates 17-6 in the fourth quarter of regulation to force overtime.
Santa Ynez shook off 28 points by Fallbrook sophomore Joel Calhoun to get the win. Merek Mercado led the Pirates with 16 points. He made four 3-pointers.
Zach Hewitt scored 14 points for the Pirates, and Ryan Reddick put in 13.
Santa Ynez will resume its tournament appearance at 11 a.m. Saturday at San Luis Obispo High School at a site to be determined.
Phillips 66 Invitational (Thursday night)
The Hancock College women's basketball team started its quest for a third consecutive tournament championship with a 66-44 win over San Diego City College.
The Bulldogs moved to 3-2 with the win. The Knights dropped to 1-6.
Five Bulldogs scored in double figures. Grace Rosa led Hancock with 18 points, including 12 in the second half. She scored eight points in the third quarter to help the Bulldogs extend what had been a 30-19 lead to a 47-28 margin.
Taylor Lee-Hammer and Karly Beyers scored 12 points apiece for the Bulldogs. Beyers made three 3-point baskets.
Freshman Brianna Rubalcaba scored a career-high 11 points for Hancock. Hannah Walls added 10.
American River College defeated the Bulldogs (3-3) 53-45 in the semifinals Friday, ending the Bulldogs' bid for a third consecutive tournament championship. Details were unavailable at press time.