After a dramatic 80-77 overtime victory at L.A. Pierce on Saturday, the Cuesta College women’s basketball team again pulled out a late victory when Aria Johnson made two free throws with 12 seconds remaining to give the Cougars a 54-52 victory over visiting Santa Barbara on Wednesday night.
“Those 12 seconds seemed like a lifetime to me,” Cuesta head coach Ron Barba said. “These kids are phenomenal. They persevered. I’m speechless. This game really meant a lot tonight.”
The Cougars (18-9, 6-2 Western State Conference Northern Division) are alone in second place, just one game behind first-place Ventura with two games remaining in the regular season, including the season finale next week at home against the Pirates that could decide the conference championship.
Miriam Zabinsky led Cuesta with 20 points, and Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds.
Brooke Armenta led the Vaqueros with 15 points.
Oscar Pedroso scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds for the Cuesta men’s basketball team in an 87-83 home win over Santa Barbara.
Plamen Hristov added 20 points and six assists for Cuesta (17-12), while Kenny Robinson scored 17 as the Cougars defeated the Vaqueros for the second time this season.
Kihrey Carson had a game-high 13 rebounds and 14 points for the Cougars.
Michael Failla had a game-high 29 points for Santa Barbara (4-16).