A day after two PAC 7 boys basketball teams knocked their Los Padres League counterparts out of the CIF playoffs, the Atascadero High girls team continued the trend.
The Greyhounds (19-4), seeded 13th in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs, knocked out Cabrillo 61-41 in a first-round game on Thursday in Atascadero.
The Conquistadores (9-17) got off to a quick start, storming out to a 10-2 lead to start the game.
“They came out and played very well in the first quarter,” Greyhounds coach Jim Stecher said. “But by the end of the first quarter we were back in the game.”
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Raven Taylor scored a game-high 21 points while Alyssa Palma had 18 and Shannon Berwick added 14. Stecher said he hoped his team got the message from the game’s rough start and comes out strong in the next round.
“This was a good team win for us,” he said. “Hopefully it woke us up and makes us realize that you have to play at a high level all the time. One loss and you’re gone.”
Morro Bay 42, Louisville 23
Megan Hansen scored a game-high 14 points for the Pirates (18-7), who advanced to the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A playoffs.
Aria Johnson had 13 rebounds and nine points while Ciara Ramos grabbed a game-high 15 boards.
“My biggest concern was our lack of playoff experience,” Morro Bay coach Cary Nerelli said. “For eight of the 10 kids on the team, this was their first playoff experience. But they performed well tonight and hopefully we can come out on Saturday and build on this win.”
Antelope Valley 65, San Luis Obispo 39
San Luis Obispo got a team-high 16 points from Hannah Kenny in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA playoff loss.Antelope Valley, who hit 10 3-pointers, led 38-22 at halftime.
Kaylee Williams added nine points for the Tigers.
Santa Barbara 53, Paso Robles 38
Kati Sheldon had a game-high 15 points and 19 rebounds in the Bearcats’ Division 3A loss to seventh-seeded Santa Barbara.
Sheldon was the lone scorer in double figures for Paso Robles (9-16), which trailed 24-18 at halftime.
Paso Robles coach Mike Gray said the Bearcats struggled with their perimeter shooting.
“We were able to hang with them on the inside,” Gray said. “We just weren’t able to hit from outside 15 feet.”
Mission Prep 3, Bakersfield Christian 0
Joey Hall scored twice as the Royals remained undefeated with a shutout win in the first round of the CIF-Central Section Division 5 playoffs.
Mission Prep coach Bob Galarneau said the Royals struggled to break Bakersfield Christian’s offside trap and that the Royals were left unsatisfied despite the win.
Neal Hetzel added a goal and an assist, and Sean Robinson had two assists for Mission Prep (21-0).
Looming next for the Royals, a potential rematch with Lindsay, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago.
Lindsay plays Riverdale today in a first-round game.
Animo Leadership 3, San Luis Obispo 1
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the half against Animo Leadership of Inglewood, the 2008 CIF-Southern Section Division 5 champions.
Matthew Connely scored for San Luis Obispo (14-9-1) less than a minute after subbing into the game.
Animo Leadership tied the score five minutes into the second half and scored two more goals to seal the win.
“There were a lot of tears and hugs after the game,” Tigers coach Johnny Costa said. “They showed that they not only wanted to play well and they wanted to win, but this team really likes each other.”
San Luis Obispo failed to qualify for the playoffs last season, but this year qualified after ending the 22-game PAC 7 win streak of Righetti, the eventual league champion.
“The standards are higher now,” Costa said. “Now that we’re at CIF, it’s not a luxury to be here, it’s a must do.”
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Arroyo Grande 16, Burroughs 1
The Eagles (27-3) cruised to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter in their CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoff opener.
Kim Johnson had a game-high five goals, while Melody Johnson added three for Arroyo Grande.
“We’ve been looking forward to the playoffs for quite a while and to actually get to be in the playoffs, is a good jolt for these girls,” Arroyo Grande coach Steven Allen said.
Briana Lippert and Kylie Anderson combined to make 13 saves for the Eagles, who will be on the road to play the winner.
Pasadena 11, San Luis Obispo 7
Kim Bellis and Kennedy Peters scored three goals apiece for the Tigers (13-11), who were eliminated from the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 playoffs.
Andie Judson made 15 saves for San Luis Obispo, who trailed by one goal at halftime.
Cabrillo 13, Atascadero 6
Katie Patterson scored a team-high three goals for Atascadero, which was knocked out in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs.
Lauren Kasenberg added 11 saves for the Greyhounds while Bailey Kelly scored twice.