In an anticipated match-up of girls basketball unbeatens in the PAC 7, Arroyo Grande High fell victim Friday night at St. Joseph, falling 57-48.
The Eagles actually held a four-point halftime advantage at 23-19. But the Knights (14-4, 6-0 PAC 7) made halftime adjustments and used a very strong third quarter to pull away.
In the third, the Knights outscored the Eagles 20-9 to earn a 39-32 lead heading into the fourth.
Arroyo Grande (15-3, 5-1 PAC 7) did chip away but was not able to get close enough to avoid having to foul late.
The tactic only helped St. Joseph.
“They made a run in the third quarter off of a few key turnovers we made,” Eagles coach Dwight MacDonald said. “It gave them a little spark, and that was all they needed.”
Aly Beebe led the Knights offense with 23 points. Kelsi English, who scored all of her points in the second half, had 16.
Emma Weinreich and Brianna Flood led Arroyo Grande with 10 points apiece. Lindsey Wolf scored eight and had seven rebounds.
Nipomo 65, Cabrillo 33
Four players posted double-figures in scoring for the Titans (9-10, 5-2 Los Padres League) in a win over the Conquistadores (1-19, 0-7).
Tessa Underwood scored a team-high 18 points, Jessica Miller had 13, Amber Britt poured in 12 and Tess Latimer scored 10.
Coast Union 47, Valley Christian 33
The Broncos (8-10, 6-1 Coast Valley League) used strong second and fourth quarters to get the win.
Coast Union held a slim 13-10 lead after the first quarter, but a 13-5 run in the second gave the Broncos an 11-point lead at the half.
Coast Union sealed it with a 14-7 fourth-quarter edge.
Ashley Lorenz scored 19 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Sister Kate Lorenz had seven points and six steals, while Roxy Mertens scored eight and had 10 rebounds.
Pioneer Valley 47, San Luis Obispo 43
The Panthers came back from a 27-19 halftime deficit to claim a win over the Tigers (1-16, 0-6 PAC 7).
Nicole De La Guerra fueled Pioneer Valley’s comeback with 17 points. Shynia Tell was the second leading scorer with eight.
“We were distributing the ball and playing well for most of the game,” San Luis Obispo coach Keith Guy said. “We just ran out of gas at the end. Hopefully we can build up endurance and have that aided with the comeback of a few players in the coming weeks.”
Jessica Judge, who scored 12 points, led the Tigers, who also got 10 from Erica Chandler.
North County Christian 56, Coastal Christian 34
The Crusaders (9-6, 6-1 CVL) dominated the first quarter, outscoring the Conquerors 16-4 and setting the tone for the rest of the game.
North County Christian took a 30-11 lead into the half and seemingly never relented.
Cristy Scarson led the Crusaders with 21 points with five steals. Brianna Feld had a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Chloe Bergquist also scored 10.
Grace Napier led Coastal Christian with 16 points and 29 rebounds, 16 of which were offensive.
Arroyo Grande 61, St. Joseph 52
Brent Vanderveen scored a team-high 15 points, and Gunnar Gomez scored 13 points for Arroyo Grande (11-9, 2-4 PAC 7).Bebe Vargas scored a game-high 24 points for St. Joseph. The Eagles are now 14-7 overall (4-2 PAC 7).
San Luis Obispo 81, Pioneer Valley 47
The Tigers used their accuracy from behind the 3-point arc to push past the Panthers (4-15, 0-6 PAC 7).
San Luis Obispo (9-10, 3-3 PAC 7) sank 10 3-pointers, with six different players hitting at least one.
Mike Hansen scored a team-high 16 points, Matt Moore scored 13 points and Nolan Walter scored 12 points for the Tigers.
Righetti 64, Paso Robles 52
Isaiah Jackson and Adam White each scored 12 points in the losing effort for the Bearcats.
Ryan McGready led all scorers with 24 points for Righetti (12-6, 5-1 PAC 7), and Chad Morris scored 16 points.
Jake Murray scored nine points for Paso Robles (7-12, 1-5) and also had eight assists.
Templeton 58, Santa Ynez 45
Rolling off a win against Nipomo, the Eagles have won back-to-back games for the first time all year.
Alex Kotheimer scored 12 points, Andy Garretson scored 12 and Jackson Wheeler scored 10 points in for Templeton (4-12, 3-4 LPL).
Garretson also grabbed eight rebounds. Wheeler had seven assists and nine steals.
Nipomo 52, Cabrillo 42
Kirk Wilenius’ team-high 20 points sparked the Titans (10-11, 4-3 LPL).
Ryan McNeil was the next highest scorer for Nipomo with 15 points.
The Titans led 20-14 lead at halftime and scored 32 points in the second half to earn the win.
Coast Union 47, Valley Christian 31
The Broncos surrendered fewer points in the final three quarters of the game than they did in the first quarter.
Coast Union (11-7, 7-0 CVL) gave up 15 points through the second, third and fourth quarters after allowing 16 points in the first.
Sean Mertens scored a team-high 20 points, and Sam Rivera scored 11 points for Coast Union.
North County Christian 68, Coastal Christian 29
Daniel Katches had a double-double for the Crusaders (6-9, 5-2 CVL) with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. North County Christian took control in the first quarter, outscoring the Conquerors 26-7 and increased the lead to 45-17 by halftime.
Tyler Roth, the only other Crusader in double figures in points, had 11. Austin Wiemann, with six assists, and Jonathon Katches each scored eight.
Anthony Aguilar led Coastal Christian with 13 points.
GIRLS WATER POLO
St. Joseph 5, Nipomo 4
The Titans (4-11, 1-1 LPL) took a 4-3 lead into the fourth period but made a couple of costly turnovers that the Knights were able to capitalize on.
The biggest turnover came with 18 seconds with a tie score. Nipomo lost the ball. and St. Joseph scored the game-winning goal with just a few seconds left.
“I was proud of my defense,” Titans coach Justin Jewell said. “We were able to hold them to only four goals until that last moment. It’s just one of those learning experiences as a coach and a person when you’re dealt a tough loss like that.”
Beckey Emrick netted two goals for Nipomo. Sara Clark and Carolann Werner scored one apiece.
Samantha Baker made five blocks in goal.
Paso Robles 4, Righetti 1
Daniel Arevalo had a hand in all of the Bearcats goals, scoring one and assisting on three to fuel Paso Robles (13-3-1, 5-1 PAC 7).
Coming into the game, the teams were tied for second in the league with a 4-1 record.
“We came into this game with a lot of anticipation. Not only were we tied with them in league, they were the only one’s we hadn’t seen from our league yet,” Bearcats coach Evan Clark said.
The scoring began with a Paso Robles goal in the seventh minute from Arevalo. The Bearcats got their second and third goals from Brian Mercado and Oliver Sanchez in the 16th and 36th minutes, respectively. Diego Contreras scored the final goal in the 56th minute.
“I was really happy to see that we were able to sustain the lead. That’s something that we have been working on all year,” Clark said.
Daniel Fuerte had four saves in goal for Paso Robles.
Arroyo Grande 2, St. Joseph 0
The Eagles (10-4-3, 6-0 PAC 7) stayed perfect in league with their win over the Knights.
Branden Macias scored first in the seventh minute with Morgan Wack assisting. The second came from Oscar Munoz in the 34th minute also assisted by Wack.
Edgar Ramirez had four saves in goal for Arroyo Grande.
Atascadero 3, Mission Prep 1
Kasey Duval’s two goals were enough to lift the Greyhounds past the Royals (7-7-1).
Duval scored one goal in each half.
Deirdre Laird scored Mission Prep’s only goal, and goalkeeper Helaina Hurwitz was credited with 11 saves.
Rhiannon Dudley scored the other goal for Atascadero (11-7).
Arroyo Grande 2, St. Joseph 2, tie
The Eagles (8-1-4, 3-1-2 PAC 7) battled back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to earn a tie with the Knights.
Arroyo Grande, third in the PAC 7, fell behind in the 22nd minute off a Knights corner kick. Kate Reinhardt tied it up with a goal off an assist from Lupita Leon in the 52nd minute.
Only a few minutes later, St. Joseph took the lead back with a goal off of a penalty kick. Arroyo Grande tied it up with just five minutes to go in the 75th minute off of a penalty kick after the St. Joseph goalie took down Kate Reinhardt in the box. Mikayla Allan had six saves in goal for Arroyo Grande.
Paso Robles at MidCal Classic Tournament
The Bearcats sent one wrestler into the semifinal round of the two-day MidCal Classic, while racking up 122 points to land in fourth place.
Kevan Garcia was the one wrestler to move past the quarterfinals of the nine Paso Robles grapplers that qualified.
Out of the 72 teams competing, Selma leads the group with 166 points and Gilroy is in second place with 140.