During every game, Mission Prep head girls basketball coach John Krossa asks for one of his players to step up.
And with a CIF-Southern Section playoff spot on the line, Friday night was no different.
Against Santa Ynez, it was Bri Harvey who answered the bell. Harvey matched the entire Pirates lineup with her 22-point showing and helped the Royals satisfy the winning percentage required to qualify for a playoff bid as an independent with a 56-22 victory.
Mission Prep finishes the regular season with a 20-5 record, which matches the 80 percent total mandated by the section.
“It all comes down to what the defense is giving us every night,” Krossa said. “I expect somebody to step up for us every game. Some nights, it’s Jenna Dunbar. Tonight, it was Bri.”
Dunbar added 16 points and eight rebounds.
“It came down to energy. Our defense took them out of their game plan,” Krossa said. “We didn’t let them do what they wanted to do when they wanted to do it.”
The Royals held Santa Ynez to just 12 points at the half, and the Pirates were never able to score double digits in any single quarter.
“I couldn’t believe how well they handled the pressure,” Krossa said. “This was about best game they’ve had as far as playing as a team.”
Morro Bay 52, Santa Maria 14
Morro Bay (19-5, 10-2 Los Padres League), already in position to make the playoffs, cruised to victory over the Saints (5-20, 3-9 LPL), earning a co-LPL title with Santa Ynez.
Morro Bay will be the league’s second playoff seed after being swept by Santa Ynez in league play.
Morro Bay’s Hannah Gilbert had 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. Megan Hansen added 15 points and six steals.
Nipomo 61, Lompoc 37
After a dominant first quarter, the Titans cruised to victory and to the team’s first ever trip to CIF-Southern Section playoffs with a third-place finish in the LPL.
Geneva Taylor led the Titans (12-13, 8-4) with 15 points.
No. Co. Christian 39, Coast Union 36
In a battle for the top spot in the Coast Valley League, it was the Crusaders who came out on top.
North County Christian’s Cristy Scarson led all scorers with 20 points, and Brianna Feld added 17. Feld also had nine rebounds, and Scarson had four steals for the Crusaders (15-7, 11-1 CVL).
Roxy Mertens led Coast Union (13-11, 10-2 CVL) with 16 points.
Templeton 48, Cabrillo 20
The Eagles led 32-9 at the half.
Lauren Stuedemann led all scorers with 16 points, and Paige O’Sullivan scored 10 points for the Eagles (13-10, 7-5 LPL).
Pioneer Valley 56, San Luis Obispo 51
The Tigers (1-24, 0-12) got 11 points from Malie Guy and nine from Sam Hendry — who hit all three of the team’s 3-pointers — but still ended winless in PAC 7 play after the Panthers received a game-high 13 from Ali Rodriguez.
San Luis Obispo 66, Pioneer Valley 52
Mike Hansen scored 24 points, and Connor MacLeod had 14 to give the Tigers fourth place in the PAC 7 and a playoff berth.
San Luis Obispo (12-14, 5-7 PAC 7) led 37-25 at halftime.
Arroyo Grande 61, St. Joseph 46
Brent Vanderveen scored 13 points, and Ryan Echols had 11 to lift the Eagles (19-8, 9-3 PAC 7) over the Knights.
Nipomo 51, Lompoc 48
Marc Baker scored 22 points, Cole Holloway added 12 and the Titans (15-11, 8-4 LPL) took control of the game with a 16-6 run in the third quarter to secure a second-place finish in the LPL.
The Braves (5-15, 5-6 LPL) were led by Aikeen Cole’s game-high 23 points.
Community Charter 56, Mission Prep 53
Andy Rowley scored 21 points before fouling out, and Connor Woolpert finished with 16, but it was not enough for the Royals (15-10), who were outscored by 12 in the third quarter and are hoping for an at-large playoff berth.
Coast Union 39, No. Co. Christian 26
The Broncos (17-7, 12-0 CVL) head into the CIF-Southern Section Division 6AA playoffs after completing an undefeated romp through league play.
Eddie Salazar led the way for Coast Union with 17 points.
Morro Bay 63, Santa Maria 40
Four players scored in double figures for the Pirates (16-10, 11-1 LPL).
Morro Bay converted nine three-pointers from six different players.
Bryce Owens, who matched Edward Griley with 11 points, knocked down three of them. Griley also grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out seven assists.
Luke Munds and Luke Holzschuh tied for the team lead with 12 points each. Holzschuh also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Righetti 66, Paso Robles 43
The Bearcats (9-15, 3-9 PAC 7) fell behind 23-10 in the opening quarter in their loss to the Warriors (19-8, 9-3 PAC 7).
Richard Curl led Paso Robles with 15 points.
San Luis Obispo 4, Pioneer Valley 2
Matthew Conelly, Paul Sullivan, Julio Martinon and Travis Caldwell all scored in the victory for the Tigers (13-9-1, 7-4-1 PAC 7), who went 6-0-1 in their past seven games and now await their playoff seeding.
Arroyo Grande 4, St. Joseph 0
The Eagles had three first-half goals.
Nolan Krause, Christian Garcia, Morgan Wack and Chris Herrera all scored for Arroyo Grande (14-5-4, 10-1-1 PAC 7).
Righetti 3, Paso Robles 1, OT
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San Luis Obispo 6, Pioneer Valley 0
The Tigers won their regular-season finale to secure fourth place in the PAC 7.
Emily Babcock led San Luis Obispo with two goals. Eva Widstrand, Mackenzie Gorman, Lydia Mello and Corissa Pamaki also scored.
Julie Howsmon and Paige Carlstrom had two assists apiece for the Tigers (11-10-3, 5-6-1 PAC 7).
St. Joseph 2, Arroyo Grande 0
The Eagles (12-2-4, 7-2-2 PAC 7) await postseason seeding after losing their regular-season finale.