Shot after shot, the Paso Robles High girls basketball team just couldn’t hit its free throws.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Bearcats coach Mike Gray said.
When it was all said and done, Paso Robles made just 2 of 23 from the line, but it was just enough to push the Bearcats past Nipomo 42-38 Thursday at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Tournament.
“I thought we played real hard and aggressive,” Gray said. “The problem was we were struggling from the free-throw line. Luckily, our defense was aggressive and strong. That was the key for us today.”
Domenique Terry led Paso Robles (4-3) with 14 points, and Amani White scored 13.
For Nipomo (2-4), Tessa Underwood scored a team-high 16 points.
Elsewhere in the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Tournament:
Atascadero 55, Lompoc 25
The Greyhounds jumped out to an early lead and didn’t let up against Lompoc.
Shannon Burwick led Atascadero (4-1) with 14 points.
For Lompoc (1-4), Celina Calderon scored a team-high eight points.
Arroyo Grande 53, Frontier 28
Emma Weinreich scored a team-high 12 points for the Eagles (6-1).
Haley MacDonald added nine points for Arroyo Grande.
Mission Prep 40, Elk Grove 36
The Royals got in foul trouble early and had three starters sitting on the bench with three fouls in the second quarter, which helped Elk Grove to enter the fourth quarter with a 31-30 lead.
Mission Prep (5-1) stepped up its defense in the fourth, outscoring Elk Grove 10-5.
Royals point guard Jenna Dunbar tallied a team-high eight rebounds and seven steals to go along with 13 points, and teammate Kaylee Williams led the Royals with 16 points.
Morro Bay 64, Rosamond 27
The Pirates stayed perfect with an easy win.
Morro Bay (4-0) went into the half leading 29-8 en route to its second win of the tournament.
Sierra Schwellenbach hit four 3-pointers for a game-high 16 points, and Megan Hansen (15) and Hannah Gilbert (14) scored in double figures.
Gilbert grabbed six rebounds and four steals.
Laguna Blanca Tournament
Laguna Blanca 42, Coast Union 34
Coast Union opened tournament play in Santa Barbara with a loss against host Laguna Blanca (1-2).
Ashley Lorenz scored a game-high 17 points for the Broncos.
Mission Prep 77, Cabrillo 48
The Royals had four players score in double digits and outscored the Conquistadores 42-18 in the second and third quarters combined to improve to 2-0 on the season and move on to a matchup with Optimist Tournament host Arroyo Grande today at 8 p.m. Andy Rowley scored a game-high 17 points, Connor Woolpert pitched in 15 and a team-high eight assists, Zach Allmon had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Arthur Lane poured in 12.
“We moved the ball well, and we got out in transition well,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said, “and that was the key for us today.
“Especially in that second quarter, we played pretty well.”
The Royals turned a three-point first-quarter advantage into 14 by the half and pulled away from Cabrillo (1-4) with a 20-7 run in the third.
Atascadero 83, Nipomo 48
Troy Norris scored a team-high 17 points, Haden Mislavsky scored 15 and the Greyhounds (4-1) picked up a win at the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament.
Atascadero dominated the second half after leading 37-28 at halftime.
Rob Berwick scored 11 points for the Greyhounds.
Wyatt Mitchell led Nipomo (2-5) with 13 points.
Paso Robles 76, King City 22
Paso Robles coasted to a win in the first round of the Paso Robles, Coast Union co-hosted Coastal Classic tournament.
Paso Robles scored at least 20 points in three quarters and had 10 different players score in the dominating victory.
The Bearcats (4-2) will play at home in the winners bracket at 6:30 p.m. today against Grant High School from Sacramento.
San Marcos 64, Morro Bay 55
Despite falling to the Royals (5-1), the Pirates’ Edward Griley led all scorers with 19 points at Coast Union. He also added 12 rebounds and six blocks. Luke Munds scored 12 points for Morro Bay (1-5).
Paso Robles 5, Cabrillo 1
The Bearcats (6-1-0) avenged their only loss of the season — a defeat to the Conquistadores in last week’s Cats and Hounds tournament — with a blowout nonleague victory.
“Cabrillo went on to win the tournament,” Paso Robles coach Evan Clark said. “We were eager for this chance to get them back, and for us to win this emphatically is really a great accomplishment.”
After the Conquistadores opened the scoring with a goal by Miguel Gomez in the 15th minute, Paso Robles rattled off five unanswered goals.
Oliver Sanchez and Angel Garcia scored twice each, and Daniel Jaimes assisted twice. Beacats goalkeeper Daniel Fuerte had eight saves.
Mission Prep 5, Orcutt Academy 0
The Royals (1-3-1) earned their first victory of the season when five different players scored.
Scott Gill, Jack Mooney, Austin Culver, Jon Furphy and Ben Haggard scored for Mission Prep, which also got two assists from Tanner Nelson. Joey Miller only needed to make two saves in goal for the Royals.
Arroyo Grande 6, Morro Bay 1
The Eagles scored in the sixth minute, and the Pirates answered back in the ninth, but Arroyo Grande (3-2-3) poured it on the rest of the game in a blowout road win.
Christian Chora scored twice for the Eagles, and four other players (Oscar Munoz, Morgan Wack, Christian Garcia, Jose Merino) added a single goal.
Santa Ynez 3, San Luis Obispo 0
The Tigers (3-1-0) were handed their first loss of the season in shutout fashion after the Pirates struck for a goal in the first minute, San Luis Obispo coach Johnny Costa said.
“It was disappointing because we talked to the team before the game,” Costa said. “Santa Ynez is a quality school, and to not be ready for that is not acceptable.
“The first half, I wouldn’t say we dominated, but we had more opportunities on goal than they did.”
Lompoc 3, Atascadero 0
The Greyhounds fell behind 2-0 at halftime after Lompoc scored in the 20th and 35th minutes.
Atascadero (2-6) put up 15 shots, including five on goal, but couldn’t score in search of a road comeback against the Braves (2-3-2). Templeton 2, St. Joseph 0
Spencer Macomber and Preston Jones each scored for the Eagles, with Sebastian Wiggins and Craig Pennington each getting an assist.
Jonah Yamagata had the shutout in goal for the Eagles (2-2).
Atascadero 1, Lompoc 0
Behind goalkeeper Haley Williamson, the Greyhounds (4-0) stayed perfect on the season with a win over the visiting Braves.
Williamson had nine saves for her third shutout in four games, and Kasey Duval scored in the 29th minute for her third goal of the season to put her team ahead for good.
Arroyo Grande 11, Morro Bay 0
Ashley Roese led the Eagles with a team-high five goals. Sammy Wheeler and Lucita Leon scored two goals apiece.
San Luis Obispo 1, Santa Ynez 1
Kiley Norkus scored on a Tess Wearda assist for the Tigers in the nonleague tie.
Lauren Harper made three saves for San Luis Obispo (2-0-2).
GIRLS WATER POLO
Mira Costa 13, Arroyo Grande 12, OT
The Eagles fell behind Mira Costa 6-1 in the second quarter, but they battled back to tie it by the end of the third quarter and ultimately send the game into overtime.
Mira Costa outscored visiting Arroyo Grande 2-1 in overtime to grab the victory.
It was the first game of the season for the Eagles, who came into the year ranked third in the CIF-Southern Section Division III rankings.
Kim Johnson led Arroyo Grande with five goals and Kylie Anderson had seven saves.
Atascadero 8, Nipomo 7, OT
Nipomo led 4-3 at the half, and the teams traded goals until it was 7-7 at the end of regulation.
The score would remain 7-7 into sudden death overtime until Atascadero ended it just 41 seconds into the period.
The Titans (3-5) got four goals from Shanae Lauraidsen and two from Becky Emrick.
Morro Bay 9, Pioneer Valley 5
The Pirates went up 6-1 at the half and cruised for their first win of the season.
Morro Bay (1-3) was led by Mel Freeborn, who had four goals, and Ari Ball, who put away two.
Santa Ynez 9, San Luis Obispo 7
Kacie Gin had a team-high three goals for San Luis Obispo, and Kennedy Peters scored twice.