At the start of this girls basketball season, Morro Bay High knew it had one of the area’s best one-two punches in junior guard Megan Hansen and senior forward Ciara Ramos.
The question for the Pirates was how well their supporting cast, a largely young group including five underclassmen, could complement them.
Sure enough, Hansen and Ramos did their thing Thursday night in a 38-23 nonleague win over visiting Mission Prep, but a fellow upperclassmen provided plenty of help.
Senior post player Aria Johnson had nine points and 14 rebounds for Morro Bay (5-2), aiding Ramos’ 13 points and Hansen’s 10.
“Megan and Ciara, they’re definitely our keys,” Pirates coach Cary Nerelli said. “But we’re also starting to get some help from kids as they mature. As our other players mature, that will free Megan and Ciara up more.
“I feel very good about our defensive effort,” Nerelli added. “Our girls moved their feet well and anticipated passes well.”
Sophomore guard Jenna Dunbar had a game-high 15 points for Mission Prep (6-4), but the Royals too often settled for perimeter shots, coach John Krossa said, shooting just four free throws on the night.
“They play great defense,” Krossa said of the Pirates. “We probably should’ve gotten the ball inside more. We usually do a better job of getting to the free-throw line.”
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San Luis Obispo 9, Atascadero 8
The Tigers outscored the Greyhounds 6-4 in the second half, with Elizabeth Waddell scoring the game-winner with about 30 seconds remaining.
Kim Bellis and Kennedy Peters each had three goals for San Luis Obispo (5-2, 2-0 PAC 7), which got 11 saves from Andie Judson.
Justine Cooper had a game-high five scores for Atascadero (4-4, 0-1 PAC 7). Loren Kasenberg had five saves in defeat.
Righetti 11, Nipomo 4
Nipomo trailed by one goal after the first quarter but couldn’t hold on to the momentum for the rest of the way.
Shanae Lauridsen was the leading scorer for the Titans with two goals, and Ashlee McCall had seven saves.
Julia Tatarian and Jenny Cardenas scored one goal each for Nipomo (2-7, 0-2 PAC 7).
Paso Robles 3, Mission Prep 2
Caitlyn Morrison scored the winning goal for the Bearcats.
Mission Prep’s Kori Disarufino scored the first goal in the first half to get an early lead.
Maritza Juarez scored for the Bearcats (2-1-2 PAC 7) in the first half to tie the game going into the second half.
Maddy Cline scored from a corner kick from Camelia Pacheco in the second half for Paso Robles.
Disarufino scored again in the second half for Mission Prep (3-4) to tie the game 2-2.
Mission Prep 3, Paso Robles 1
Patrick Foran scored two goals and added an assist for the Royals (5-0).
After Paso Robles’ Will Stark scored in the 10th minute, Foran converted a penalty kick to tie the match. Foran assisted on Sean Robinson’s go-ahead score in the second half, before picking up his eighth tally of the year on an assist from Aryan Eslambolipour.
Mission Prep goalkeeper Joey Miller stopped seven shots by Paso Robles (5-2-1).