In the closing minutes of the Cabrillo/Nipomo girls basketball game, Cabrillo head coach Mark Tasch was yelling, “Anybody but her! Anybody but her!” from his side of the gymnasium.
With the Lady Conquistadores trailing late, Tasch meant foul anyone but Nipomo forward Tessa Underwood who had been punishing the team in the paint and at the free throw line throughout the game.
By the end of the Titans’ 51-35 win on day two of the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic at San Luis Obispo High School, Tasch and the Conqs had had enough of Underwood, whose season high 25 points and 15 rebounds paced her team to victory.
“She must have had 800 offensive rebounds,” Tasch said facetiously. “We knew coming in that Nipomo was very aggressive off the offensive boards and we did very little of anything about her (Underwood). It was a wonderful game for her.”
Most of Underwood’s points, to the dismay of Tasch, came from the offensive boards and effective low-post moves. She was also 7-for-8 from the line.
“Underwood is our scoring leader and she had a great game,” Nipomo head coach P.J. Deichler said. “I think that aggressiveness and offensive rebounds and really going after the ball are some of our strengths and it showed tonight.”
Early in the game both teams struggled offensively, as the Cabrillo defensive press forced Nipomo into making tough passes that were either intercepted or trickled out of bounds. While the defense was forcing turnovers, the Conqs returned the favor on offense, often giving the ball right back to the Titans.
“We caused a lot of turnovers, but we did nothing with them,” Tasch said. “In the first five minutes of the game we forced enough turnovers to be completely gone.”
The Titans’ defense limited the Conqs to just four field goals in the first half, but the Conqs were 10-for-11 from the free throw line through the first two quarters.
The Conqs were led by freshman Tani Dunlap’s 17 points and Kiley Aldridge’s six, as Cabrillo drops to 0-2 in the tournament where they will face Arroyo Grande tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Morro Bay High School.
The Titans (1-1 in the tournament) bounced back after dropping a game last week to the Conqs. Cami Castillo added 11 points and Missi Ramsey had five including the game’s only three-pointer.
“We definitely rebounded a lot better, which created a lot more shots, and we definitely played better this time,” Underwood said after the win.
After Underwood went out in the third quarter with four fouls, the Conqs drew within their smallest deficit since the early stages of the second quarter. An 8-0 run — all coming from Dunlap — had the Conqs trailing by only seven heading into the final eight-minutes.
Nipomo’s defense, however, clamped down in the fourth quarter and limited the Conqs to just six points the rest of the way.
The Titans continue tournament play today when they square off with Mission prep at 3:30 p.m.
Pioneer Valley 54,
Santa Maria 24
The Panthers moved to 6-1 on the season and 1-1 at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Classic with a victory over the Saints at Morro Bay High School.
Ali Rodriguez and Hannah Miller scored 15 points apiece and Chelsea Coleman added 12 to lead the Panthers.
The Panthers continue tournament play on Saturday when they take on Bakersfield at 9:00 a.m. in Morro Bay.
Lompoc 2, Atascadero 1
Ariel Oliver scored both goals for the Braves as they outlasted the Greyhounds on a very wet Huyck Stadium field.
Jennifer Justice sent a pass to Oliver in the 14th minute that she was able convert.
The score was tied at halftime, before Oliver scored just three minutes into the second. Oliver chased down a loose ball, beating the defender to it, then was able to maneuver in for the score.
Lompoc (2-2-0) will next play on Friday, Dec. 18 in a special night game. The Braves will host their annual alumni game beginning at 7 p.m. Any former players who are interested in participating are encouraged to call Addie Francis at 680-4148. Alfredo Garcia will coach the alumni team.
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Nipomo 4, Santa Maria 0
On the soggy pitch of Ralph Baldiviez Stadium the Titans controlled the ball and scoreboard throughout the match, shutting out the Saints in a non-league meeting between the two teams.
Janay Poggi started the scoring with a goal at 15th minute mark to put the Titans up for good. Brianna Turk, Kaitlyne Fernandez and Cristina Ozzimo each had a goal in the win.
Nipomo is now 2-1-1 on the season and does not play until the end of December when they participate in the Santa Maria Tournament.
St. Joseph 11, Pioneer Valley 0
Led by Corina Posada’s three goals, four Knights scored multiple goals and St. Joseph rolled to victory over the Panthers at Jay Will Stadium.
At half-time the Knights (2-1-1) held an 8-0 advantage, with Taylor Will, Sara Epps and Mariah Cochiolo each scored twice. Mallory McNulty and Dani McKinsey both added a goal apiece in the win.
The Knights play again on Monday when they head to Paso Robles for a makeup game.
Cabrillo, San Luis Obispo
The girls soccer game scheduled for Thursday at Cabrillo was cancelled due to the inclement weather.
A make up date has not been made.
Lompoc 5, Atascadero 1
Jesus Anguiano led the way with three goals on a wet and muddy field in Atascadero. Jose Banales and Drew Sapp also scored for Lompoc (1-2).
The Braves took a 3-1 lead at the half.
Bricio Chavez had an excellent day in the goal for the Braves, keeping the Greyhounds from mounting any kind of comeback.
Lompoc plays in the Cabrillo Central Coast Classic which begins this morning.
The tourney has been moved to the Cabrillo campus after being played last year at River Park. The Braves play two games beginning with Nipomo at 10 a.m. The tournament begins with Cabrillo taking on San Marcos at 9:30 a.m.
The Cabrillo boys tournament will be played today and Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Cabrillo campus.
The tourney, featuring local teams Santa Maria, Lompoc, Pioneer Valley, Morro Bay and Nipomo. San Marcos, Crean Lutheran and Nordhoff completes the field.
Pioneer Valley 5, St. Joseph 1
In a span of 10 minutes, the Panthers erased a 1-0 deficit and took a 4-1 lead. Pioneer Valley scored two goals in the closing seven minutes of the first half to take a 2-1 lead. Three minutes into the second the score became 4-1.
Jacob Goeres scored the first goal of the game on a direct kick in the 28th minute, to give the Knights (0-6-0) a short-lived lead.
Garrect Dudock started in goal for the Knights and made eight saves.
St. Joseph next plays at Atascadero on Tuesday. The Panthers play twice today in the Cabrillo tournament, beginning at 12:40 against Nipomo.