The Morro Bay High girls basketball team was denied a spot in the championship game of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, losing to Pacifica 38-35 in Thursday’s semifinals.
The Pirates (7-3) held a 29-22 lead through three quarters but were outscored 16-9 in the final frame.
Hannah Gilbert led Morro Bay with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Nicki Bloom added six points, and Caitlyn Cowardin had seven rebounds for the Pirates.
The Pirates play for third place against Oak Park at Santa Barbara High at 2:15 p.m. today.
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In other action, Arroyo Grande (7-4) lost to Bellermine-Jefferson 63-56.
Lindsey Wolf was the Eagles’ top scorer with 24 points, and Heather Madrigal added 15.
Arroyo Grande continues plays in its tournament finale today at 2:15.
Nipomo at St. Joseph Tournament
The Titans (2-10) lost their fourth game of the tournament, falling to Rio Americano 67-55.
Ryan McNeil had a game-high 24 points, Jude Aka added nine and Zach Suarez had eight for Nipomo, which will face El Medina today in its final game of the tournament.
St. Joseph/Cabrillo Tournament
San Luis Obispo (6-2-2) tied once and lost once in its final day at the tournament.
The Tigers tied in their first game against San Marcos, 2-2. Darla Berkeselb scored both goals, and Brady Candaele and Lydia Mello had one assist each for San Luis Obispo.
In their second game, the Tigers lost to Cabrillo, 2-1. Sydney Knaer scored the Tigers’ only goal, assisted by Eva Witstrand.
Arroyo Grande (6-3) fell short in their first game of the day to eventual tournament winner Sunny Hills, losing 3-0.
The Eagles then won their last game against Lompoc 3-0. Mallory Flatebo scored twice, and Paige Johnson added another goal for Arroyo Grande.
Atascadero at The Mann Classic
The Greyhounds finished in fifth place with 136.5 points, thanks in part to Jack Clemmensen (132 pounds, third place), Hunter Stemper (170, fourth) and Matt Ducass (182, fourth).
Matt Weir (126, fifth), Josh Osario (152, fifth), Abe Halperman (138, seventh) and Josh Seth Erchfield (160, seventh) rounded out the scoring for Atascadero.