Despite missing several players who are still with the football team as it prepares for a CIF-Southern Section semifinal playoff game this weekend, the Arroyo Grande High boys basketball team got off to a strong start with a 60-26 season-opening win over Nipomo on Tuesday night.
“We got out to a very quick start,” Arroyo Grande coach Ryan Glanville said. “We shot the ball well from the beginning.”
The Eagles outscored Nipomo 18-8 in the opening quarter and never looked back.
Gunnar Gomez led the Eagles with 16 points, including hitting a game-high four 3-pointers.
Andrew Hogue had 13 points, while Kevin Glass added 10 for Arroyo Grande.
Nipomo got eight points apiece from Cole Holloway and Ryan McNeil.
Mission Prep 59, Santa Maria 38
Mission Prep opened its season with a comfortable home victory.
The Royals held the Saints to just seven points in both the first and second quarters to go up 25-14 at the break.
Zach Allmon had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and Art Lane added a second double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Sam Cowitz and Andy Rowley added six assists apiece for the Royals.
Arroyo Grande 54, Nipomo 13
Arroyo Grande roared out to a 19-3 first-quarter lead and held Nipomo to just four field goals in the game for a dominating season-opening win.
The Eagles’ Emma Weinreich led all players with 15 points, and teammate Maddie Carr added 11 of her own.
Tessa Underwood led Nipomo with five points.
Morro Bay 40, San Luis Obispo 20
After going into the half with a 22-9 lead, Morro Bay finished San Luis Obispo by dominating the third quarter 10-2.
The Pirates (2-0) got 10 points and four assists from Megan Hansen, and sophomore Hannah Gilbert added 11 points and seven rebounds.
Chase Kennedy led the Tigers with seven points.
Mission Prep 71, Santa Maria 36
Jenna Dunbar was all over the court for the Royals, finishing with 24 points, nine steals, eight rebounds and four assists.
Kaylee Williams, a transfer from San Luis Obispo, finished with 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting for Mission Prep. She also had seven rebounds and six steals.
Bri Harvey added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Royals.
San Luis Obispo 2, Nipomo 0
Tigers goalkeeper Kelly Koch made three saves as San Luis Obispo cruised in its season opener.
Kiley Norkus and Brady Candaele scored for the Tigers, with Paige Carlstrom accounting for both assists. Candaele was an all-CIF Southern Section Division 3 selection a year ago after the Tigers made it to the divisional semifinals.
Atascadero 3, Morro Bay 0
Three different players scored to give Atascadero a road win in its season opener.
Christine Curtis, Kasey Duval and Rhiannon Dudley scored for the Greyhounds, and Hannah McMillan and Duval added an assist apiece.The Greyhounds’ Haley Williamson had 11 saves for the shutout.
Hanna Meisinger made four saves for the Pirates, including two on breakaways in the first half.
Both teams recorded nine shots on goal.
Paso Robles 3, Templeton 0
The Bearcats got goals from Maria Chavez, Camelia Pacheco and Maddy Cline in a shutout win.
Cline assisted on Pacheco’s goal, a header in the 20th minute.
Carly McCall had three saves to earn the shutout for Paso Robles.
Mission Prep 3, Soledad 0
Mission Prep won its season opener on the road.
A year removed from losing the CIF-Central Section Division 5 final, Mission Prep has a younger team this season after losing seven seniors to graduation.
Megan Martin, Erin McDonnell and Sophia Smidth all contributed a goal apiece, and Deirdre Laird and Judy Ha each added an assist.
Atascadero 4, Morro Bay 1
Joe Camarillo started the year off right for Atascadero by netting a hat trick.
The score was tied at halftime before Camarillo added another two goals to put his team ahead for good.
Atascadero’s Daniel Larios added a goal to finish the scoring.
San Luis Obispo 1, Nipomo 0
Erick Cordova scored in the 48th minute off an assist by Matthew Conelly to help the Tigers open their season with a win.
Cordova also played in goal in the first half, sharing the shutout with David Gealy, who came in later in the game.
Santa Maria 1, Arroyo Grande 0
The Saints got a goal in the fourth minute and held off Arroyo Grande through the rest of the match.
Eagles goalkeeper Edgar Ramirez made eight saves in the loss.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Nipomo 19, Pioneer Valley 0
All 10 Titans players scored in the season-opening rout.
Shanae Lauridsen, Sara Clark and Becky Emrick scored three goals apiece for Nipomo.
Samantha Baker made four saves for the Titans.