High School Sports

Prep Roundup: Strong second half lifts Arroyo Grande to girls basketball win over Mission Prep

Mission Prep’s Morgan Liebscher tries to drive past Arroyo Grande’s Emma Weinreich during the Eagles’ 57-40 win over Mission Prep at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Tournament on Saturday at San Luis Obispo High.
Mission Prep’s Morgan Liebscher tries to drive past Arroyo Grande’s Emma Weinreich during the Eagles’ 57-40 win over Mission Prep at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Tournament on Saturday at San Luis Obispo High. jmellom@thetribunenews.com

Madi Ventura had 18 points and six assists Saturday afternoon to lead the Arroyo Grande High girls basketball team to a 57-40 win over Mission Prep at the Moriarty Enterprises Holiday Tournament.

Emma Weinreich added 14 points for the Eagles, and Lindsey Wolf had 13. Both Weinreich and Wolf had nine rebounds.

Ventura and Weinreich were both named to the all-tournament team.

Arroyo Grande (7-1) pulled away after leading 31-26 at halftime.

“It was a battle all the way through,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said.

The Eagles benefited from going 11 of 13 at the free-throw line, while Mission Prep went 9 of 17.

“We missed out on some opportunities,” Krossa said. “They got into foul trouble early in the second quarter and we didn’t take advantage of that. We settled for jumpers when we should’ve been attacking, and that hurt us a bit.”

Jenna Dunbar made two 3-pointers and finished with a team-best 15 points for the Royals (6-2), and Bri Harvey had 10 points. Dunbar and Harvey were also named to the all-tournament team.

Also at the Moriarty Enterprises Tournament:

Atascadero 61, Elk Grove 42

Shannon Berwick and Emily Boege each had 11 points to lead the Greyhounds (6-1), and Alyssa Palma sank a pair of shots from 3-point range on the way to finishing with 10 points.

Berwick and Palma were each selected to the all-tournament team.

Paso Robles 43, Truckee 28

Ten Bearcats scored, led by Chelsea Kuhns, who hit four 3-pointers and had 14 points.

Paso Robles (6-3) also had five players grab at least six rebounds, including nine by Audra Perry, on the way to a 42-rebound game as a team, nullifying the height advantage of Truckee’s 6-foot-4 center, Aleigh Krug.

Righetti 39, Morro Bay 31

The Pirates couldn’t hold on to a 16-11 halftime lead against the PAC 7 foe.

Megan Hansen was the lone scorer in double figures for Morro Bay (5-1), putting in 13 points.



San Luis Obispo 3, Costa Mesa 1; Harvard-Westlake 2, San Luis Obispo 1

San Luis Obispo split its final two games of the San Marcos Tournament.

Justin Vogel had a goal in each game for the Tigers (4-3), and Paul Sullivan had two assists on the day. Jesus Vasquez and Miguel Perez added goals for the Tigers.


Atascadero 61, Santa Barbara 27; Atascadero 72, Mission Prep 61

They Greyhounds placed third at the Arroyo Grande Optimist Tournament.

Atascadero (6-2) outscored Santa Barbara 22-2 in the first quarter to comfortably advance to the third-place game against the Royals (3-2).

The battle for third was far less comfortable. The Royals and Greyhounds combined for 41 fouls and 73 free throws in a physical game that Atascadero controlled from start to finish.

The Greyhounds’ Troy Norris led all scorers with 23 points.

Arthur Lane carried Mission Prep with 19 points.

Norris and Lane were both named to the all-tournament team, as was Atascadero’s Sean Slavin.

Arroyo Grande 65, Cabrillo 53; Thousand Oaks 69, Arroyo Grande 53

The Eagles lost in the championship game at their Optimist Tournament.

Andrew Hogue had 17 points in the loss to Thousand Oaks, and Gunnar Gomez added 16. Both players earned all-tournament honors.

Against Cabrillo, Gomez had 20 and Hogue poured in 17.

Mission Prep 74, Franklin 36

The Royals led 48-16 at halftime after they put 26 points on the board in a dominant first quarter.

Mission Prep had all 13 players score, and Michael Cardwell (11 points) was the only player to score in double figures.

Thousand Oaks 80, Nipomo 25; Nipomo 47, Franklin 41

The Titans finished in seventh place at the Optimist Tournament with the later -game win. No further information was provided.

Hoover 54, Paso Robles 52; Grant 67, Paso Robles 54

Paso Robles finished fourth as co-host of the Coast Classic Tournament at Coast Union.

Playing to advance to the gold division final, the Bearcats (4-5) came back from an eight-point halftime deficit against Hoover and had a chance to send the game into overtime, but an Alex Chaidez jump shot missed as time ran out.

In the third-place game, Paso Robles fell behind by 13 at halftime, but this time couldn’t bring it closer. Isaiah Jackson led the Bearcats by averaging 13 points in the two contests.

St. Joseph 84, Morro Bay 66; Santa Fe Christian 62, Morro Bay 48

Luke Munds had a team-best 19 points in the loss to St. Joseph at the Coast Classic Tournament, while Edward Griley had 16 points for Morro Bay (2-7) in the other game.


Arroyo Grande 13, Redlands 0; Arroyo Grande 6, Northwood 5

The Eagles (3-2) swept on the day to place fifth among 12 teams at the El Niño Tournament.

In the first game, Kelly O’Sullivan and Katie Sverchek had five goals apiece, while Kylie Anderson made 13 saves in goal.

Against Northwood, Sverchek had five of the six scores, and Anderson had nine saves.

Arroyo Grande, the three-time defending CIF-Southern Section Division 3 champion, is currently ranked No. 3 in the division.

“I think we’re right on track at this point,” Eagles coach Steven Allen said. “We had a great day, and people are filling in at their new roles.”