To earn a second-round playoff matchup against Mission Prep on Saturday, the Morro Bay High girls basketball team first had to get through Bishop Union.
That task proved to be rather simple as the Pirates won 65-17 on Thursday in the opening round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.
Morro Bay (20-5) started out quickly and never slowed down, knocking down 25 field goals, including eight 3-pointers.
Megan Hansen, who played less than two quarters, hit a trio of 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 14 points. Hannah Gilbert, playing for just over two quarters, added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was nice that we were able to take that much control early so I could rest Hannah and Megan for our game Saturday,” Morro Bay coach Cary Nerelli said. “Everyone got a chance to play and do something for our team.”
Sierra Schwellenbach contributed 12 points, four assists and five steals for the Pirates, and Nicki Bloom added 10 points.
Morro Bay will visit Mission Prep at 7 p.m. Saturday for the right to advance to the divisional quarterfinals. The Pirates narrowly edged the Royals in their first two meetings this season, 44-35 on Dec. 14 and 38-37 on Jan. 21.
Mission Prep 61, Santa Paula 34
The Royals opened the postseason with a similarly dominant first-round win.
Jenna Dunbar had 22 points and six assists to lead the way for Mission Prep (21-5).
Kaylee Williams had 12 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, and Bri Harvey added 17 points and seven boards for Mission Prep.
Atascadero 62, Bishop Conaty Loretto 23
The Greyhounds opened the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs with a rout, thanks in large part to Mary Kate Evans, who had a game-high 23 points, and Shannon Berwick, who put up 15 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.
Atascadero (16-8) will play its second-round game at home at 7 p.m. Saturday, against either Oak Park or Crossroads.
Paso Robles 42, Flintridge Prep 32
The Bearcats gave the ball to Molly Donovan early and often, as she scored 24 points en route to a first-round Division 4AA playoff victory.
Paso Robles (11-14) shut out Flintridge Prep in the fist quarter and never looked back.
It was the Bearcats’ first playoff win since 2000.
Paso Robles will travel to take on fifth-seeded Rosary High in Fullerton at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Nipomo 56, Milken Community 42
Entering the fourth quarter up 36-34, the Titans used a late 10-0 run to seal their first-round Division 5AA win.
Tessa Underwood led the way with 12 points for Nipomo (13-13), which also received nine points from Taylor Nevitt and got eight from Amber Britt.
The Titans moved on to face either third-seeded Montclair Prep on the road Saturday or Notre Dame at home.
North County Christian 55, Vasquez 46, OT
The Mustangs had all the momentum going into the fourth quarter with a 10-point lead but saw it whither away in the final seconds in the Division 5A first-round game against the Crusaders (16-7).
Having already lost two of its key players to fouls, Vasquez then lost key scorer Madison Garrick with 51 seconds to play, and a five-point lead when she fouled Cristy Scarson.
Scarson made one of two free throws and stole the inbound pass afterward to make a layup that cut the lead to two. The Crusaders then stole the ball again and gave the ball to Scarson. She missed, but Chloe Bergquist got the rebound and dished it to Brianna Feld, who put it in to tie the score.
In overtime, Vasquez scored just once, 15 seconds in, as North County Christian then poured in 11 points to pull away.
Scarson was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points and added 10 rebounds. Feld netted 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
North County Christian will face Poly of Pasadena, the top-seeded team in the division, on Saturday. Scarson, the second-leading scorer in the Division at 20.1 points a game, will get a chance to see the top scorer in Michelle Miller, who is averaging 33.3 points.
Los Altos 2, Arroyo Grande 1
The Eagles (12-2-6) fell on a late penalty kick in the opening round of the Division 3 playoffs.
Jenna Harshbarger tied the score for the Eagles in the 45th minute after Arroyo Grande trailed 1-0 at halftime.
Hemet 8, Coast Union 0
Facing the top team from the Mountain Pass League, Coast Union (9-8-1) lost its first-round Division 6 game.
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Los Osos 21, Nipomo 2
Facing the defending Division 5 champion Grizzlies out of Rancho Cucamonga, the Titans (5-13) fell in the opening round of the Division 4 playoffs.
Los Osos dominated from the onset, going up 15-0 after the first quarter.
Becky Emrick scored both goals for Nipomo.
“I am proud of how the girls stayed together as a team and how they conducted themselves professionally,” Titans coach Justin Jewell said.
“They gave their best effort throughout the game and played tighter defense after that first quarter, which helped produce a second goal for us.“Overall I am really proud of this year’s Titans.”