The Morro Bay High girls basketball team edged Mission Prep 44-35 Tuesday, giving longtime head coach Cary Nerelli his 400th career win.
Megan Hansen’s 13 points led all scorers, and Hannah Gilbert added 12 for Morro Bay (6-1).
The teams battled through a defensive first half, with Morro Bay leading just 14-11 at the break.
“This was a really tough, defensive game,” Mission Prep coach John Krossa said.
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Morro Bay broke the game open in the third quarter with a 16-6 run.
Bri Harvey led the Royals (7-3) with 15 points. She also grabbed six offensive rebounds.
Nipomo 51, Cabrillo 29
Tessa Underwood scored 24 points to lead the Titans (3-6, 1-0 Los Padres League) to a league win.
Kaylee Williams and Amber Britt scored six points each for Nipomo.
Templeton 56, Santa Ynez 54
Templeton’s Katie Hunter got a four-point play with just under a minute to tie the score and lead a frenetic 12-point, fourth-quarter comeback against Santa Ynez.
After the Eagles (5-2, 1-0) got a stop, Carly O’Sullivan scored from about four feet with just under 10 seconds to go out to put her team up 56-54, and a last ditch Pirates’ attempt fell short.
Playing at home in the first LPL game of the season, Templeton went to a full-court man-to-man defense to get back the momentum in the fourth and fuel its comeback.
Templeton’s Carly O’Sullivan had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
North County Christian 50, Coast. Christian 17
Cristy Scarson scored 20 points while adding 11 steals and six rebounds in North County Christian’s win.
Brianna Feld added 16 points for the Crusaders (2-2, 1-0 Coast Valley League), who won the CIF-Southern Section Division 6AA title last year before being bumped to 5A this season.
Grace Napier led the Conquerors with a game-high 22 rebounds and 13 of her team’s 17 points.
Valley Christian Acad. 45, Coast Union 37
In the CVL opener, Coast Union (0-6, 0-1) outscored Valley Christian Academy 26-4 in the third and then was outscored 23-1 the fourth for the loss.
Mission Prep 47, Paso Robles 32
The Royals (4-2) outscored the Bearcats (4-5) 20-5 in the second quarter en route to an 18-point lead they would keep for the rest of the game.
“We shot the ball really well in the second quarter,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “We dug in and did a really good job executing our game plan and taking care of the paint.”
Mission Prep’s Arthur Lane had a game-high 16 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, and Sam Cowitz added 11 points and six assists.
Santa Ynez 51, Templeton 47
The Eagles lost despite 27 points from Andy Garrettson and a 12-point, third- quarter lead.
Santa Ynez outscored Templeton 14-8 in the fourth quarter to keep Templeton (0-6, 0-1) winless.
Coast Union 49, Valley Christian Academy 44
The Broncos (2-4, 1-0 CVL) opened their league schedule with a road victory.
Coast Union’s Connor Cunningham scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Eddie Salazar (15) and Sean Mertens (13) also scored in double figures.
The two teams went into the half tied, but the Broncos slowly pulled away by the fourth quarter.
North County Christian 63, Coastal Christian 31
Daniel Katches and Haustin Morrison scored 17 points apiece to lead the Crusaders (1-3, 1-0 CVL) to their first win.
Playing in his first game of the season, senior Taylor Brard had nine points and 12 rebounds.
Coastal Christian’s Curtis Henry had a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
Mission Prep 3, Templeton 0
The Royals (4-0-1) remained unbeaten and have yet to allow a goal this season.
Deirdre Laird tallied twice for Mission Prep and assisted on a goal by Judy Ha.
“The defense is playing extremely well and I give the credit to the six girls that are rotating through the back,” Royals coach Marcus des Plantes said.
Helena Hurwitz made five saves in the win.
Cabrillo 5, Morro Bay 1
Olivia Watt scored for the Pirates (0-5-1, 0-1 LPL) on an assist by Macey Burgeson, but the Conquistadores put up a quick flurry of three decisive goals within five minutes that proved to be the difference.
Templeton 1, Mission Prep 0
Eagles goalkeeper Jonah Yamagata only had to make one save for Templeton’s third straight shutout.
Alejandro Rodriguez scored the eventual winner on an assist from Craig Pennington for Templeton (3-2).
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Arroyo Grande 16, Righetti 3
Arroyo Grande began its quest for an eighth straight league title in convincing fashion against Righetti.
The Eagles (4-2, 1-0) had six players with two goals apiece.