North County high school basketball fans will get an early look at their classic rivalry today.
Atascadero and Paso Robles will meet in the championship game of the 45th annual Atascadero Christmas Classic at 2:30 this afternoon in Ewing Gym.
Atascadero advanced with a 57-53 win over Montclair on Tuesday, while Paso Robles topped Pioneer Valley 56-22.
“I’m anxious to play them,” Bearcats coach Scott Larson said. “They’re a really quality team, and they play well together. We’re up for the challenge.”
Defensively, Paso Robles (8-4) held the Panthers to just five first-half points and seven field goals for the game.
“We’re improving on that end,” Larson said. “I feel like we’re communicating better and playing with more intensity.”
Lonnie Watson led the Bearcats with 13 points, followed by Brandon Todd’s 12 and Cheyne Hayes’ 11. Jordan Jones paced Pioneer Valley with 12.
“Paso is improved and playing really well right now,” Greyhounds coach Jerry Tamelier said. “Hopefully, we’ll play as well as we did (Tuesday).”
In the Greyhounds’ win, junior guard Troy Norris was 9 of 10 at the charity stripe and had 22 points, while Matt O’Connell added 14 and Hayden Mislavsky nine. Atascadero (9-3) benefited from an 18-of-23 performance at the free-throw line.
Devyn Sampson led the Cavaliers with 18 points.
Templeton 40, Lompoc 37
Jordan Hattar led Templeton (4-6) with 21 points, and Daniel Wheeler added 11 at the Atascadero Christmas Classic.
“We got off to a good start,” Templeton coach Fred Price said. “Our guards put a lot of pressure on (Lompoc) and we had a strong first quarter.”
Arroyo Grande 82, Terra Linda 74
Eagles senior point guard Michael Escobedo hit seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 32 points at the Marin Catholic Tournament.
Fellow guard Kyle Kleinsmith drilled six shots from long range, adding 22 points in the win. Arroyo Grande (10-3), which had three post players foul out, also got strong guard play from Matt McAustin, who had 13. The Eagles will take on Mills at 3:30 this afternoon for the consolation title.
St. Francis 68, San Luis Obispo 53
Josh James led San Luis Obispo (4-7) with 14 points at the St. Francis Tournament. The Tigers trailed 32-19 at halftime.
Peninsula of Palos Verdes 73, Nipomo 63, 2 OT
Jeff McNeil led Nipomo (5-7) with 20 points, and Ryan McNeil added 14 at the San Pedro Tournament. Nipomo, which eventually had three players foul out, led 43-41 at halftime.
Mission Prep 52, Durango of Las Vegas 48
The Royals moved on to the championship game of the silver bracket at the Las Vegas Tournament.
Kevin Laird led Mission Prep with 17 points, and Mike Cardwell followed with 13.
“We played a very well-balanced and complete game,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said.
Bishop Diego 52, Morro Bay 51
Case Bruton led Morro Bay (4-8) with 16 points, and Edward Griley added 12 at the Valley Christian Academy Tournament.
North County Christian 59, Laguna Blanca 46; North County Christian 57, Kern Valley 51
The Crusaders will play Valley Christian in the consolation championship at the VCA Tournament.
In the first win, Josh Feld led the Crusaders with 18 points, and Caleb Katches had 16. In the second game, Feld had 25, while teammate Joe Honeycutt added 15.
Aragon 32, Paso Robles 25; Paso Robles 45, Frazier Mountain 15
Kati Sheldon led Paso Robles (6-5) with nine points against Aragon at the Stockdale Tournament.
Chelsea Kuhns had 20 points, including six 3-pointers in the win against Frazier Mountain.
San Luis Obispo 49, Cesar Chavez 30; San Luis Obispo 54, Golden Valley 45
Hannah Kenny led San Luis Obispo (6-6) with 14 points, and the Tigers hung on to a 28-16 halftime advantage in their first win at the Stockdale Tournament. Against Golden Valley, Kenny had 17.
Dos Pueblos 61, Nipomo 52
A day after she had a 26-point game, Nipomo forward Tessa Underwood had 24 in the loss at the Righetti Tournament.
Amber Britt, a first-year varsity player, added 11 for the Titans (5-7), who will play Pioneer Valley at 5:30 this evening.
Templeton 67, Maricopa 25; Templeton 44, No. County Christ. 35
Jeanine Madson led Templeton (4-6) with 17 points in the first win at the Valley Christian Tournament, and Katie Hunter added 15.
Hunter had 13 points in the win over North County Christian while Brianna Feld led the Crusaders with 11.
North County Christian 43, Grace Brethren 29
The Crusaders (5-5) held on to a 10-point lead at intermission, allowing only three points in the third quarter.
Feld and Cristy Scarson paced North County Christian with 10 points apiece.
West Campus 52, Mission Prep 38
Mission Prep (6-6) was unable to close the gap on a two-point halftime deficit at the West Coast Jamboree.
Jenna Dunbar led the Royals with 25 points.
San Luis Obispo 2, Paso Robles 1; San Luis Obispo 1, Dos Pueblos 0; Dos Pueblos 3, Paso Robles 0
In the second contest — the championship game at the nine-team Santa Maria Tournament — the Tigers (12-0-2) prevailed on penalty kicks, 4-3.
Lauren Harper had a key save in goal for San Luis Obispo.
During the opener, Brady Candaele scored first for the Tigers before Kiele Argente added the clinching score. Kelly Koch made five saves.
Krista Broderick had Paso Robles’ lone goal.
Dos Pueblos scored all of its goals in the first half to down Paso Robles.
Arroyo Grande 2, Brea 1; Arroyo Grande 2, La Mirada 1
Sammy Wheeler and Lupita Leon got the Eagles out to a 2-0 first-half lead with goals in the first game at the North Orange County Classic.
In the second contest, Kate Reinhardt and Wheeler tallied back-to-back scores after halftime to rally Arroyo Grande, which got six saves over the two games from goalkeeper Cheyenne Rodriguez.
The Eagles (10-2) finished fifth at the tournament.
Morro Bay 1, Santa Maria 1; Pioneer Valley 2, Morro Bay 1
Against Santa Maria, Macey Burgeson led Morro Bay (4-8-1) with a 46th-minute goal, assisted by Karly Alfirevic at the Santa Maria Tournament.
Allison Walters scored the Pirates’ lone goal against Pioneer Valley.
Arroyo Grande 3, Tustin 2, OT; Arroyo Grande 2, Foothill 0
Arroyo Grande (8-4) advanced to the championship game, where it’ll face Edison, at the Mustang Invitational at Mission Viejo.
Versus Tustin, Morgan Wack scored the first goal in the ninth minute and added another score six minutes later. In overtime, Eliseo Torres scored the winning goal.
In the Eagles’ semifinal win over Foothill, Alex Cossey scored in the 50th minute before Torres added the second goal.