The Atascadero High girls basketball team handed Arroyo Grande just its second PAC 7 loss Wednesday night, beating the Eagles 55-49.
Despite a solid overall record, now at 14-6, the Greyhounds came into the game just 4-4 in league play.
The Greyhounds took control from the beginning, jumping out to a 15-6 first-quarter lead. Propelled by seven 3-pointers, Atascadero never looked back.
It was the third straight PAC 7 win for the Greyhounds, who prior to that had been on a four-game losing skid.
“We have been playing real solid defense and moving the ball well,” Greyhounds coach Jim Stecher said. “The girls have been playing really well together.”
As far as Eagles coach Dwight MacDonald was concerned, it was a matter of his team missing open shots.
“When you miss open shots, you can’t win a game,” he said. “Our next game is at home, and we always seem to shoot better there.”
Atascadero’s Mary Kate Evans led all scorers with 19 points. Casey Nero added 10 points, and Alyssa Palma had nine.
Emma Weinreich led Arroyo Grande with 13 points, Madi Ventura scored 12 and Lindsey Wolf had 10 points for the Eagles (17-4, 7-2).
Santa Ynez 42, Morro Bay 36
Megan Hansen had 17 points, and Hannah Gilbert added 10 points and 11 rebounds, but Morro Bay (16-5, 7-2) couldn’t get past Santa Ynez (12-11, 8-2) in a matchup of Los Padres League favorites.
Hailey King paced Santa Ynez with 20 points.
Nipomo 54, Santa Maria 27
The Titans (10-12, 6-4 LPL) opened up a 25-3 lead in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Tess Lattimer contributed 11 points, and Jessica Miller netted 10 for Nipomo.
Atascadero 57, Arroyo Grande 52
The Greyhounds (19-3, 9-0 PAC 7) moved within one win of a share of the league title, which they can do against St. Joseph on Friday.Weston Walker had 11 points and 14 rebounds for Atascadero.
Troy Norris had a game-best 17 points, and Sean Slavin and Hayden Mislavsky scored 11 and 10 apiece in the win.
For the Eagles (16-8, 6-3), Gunnar Gomez led the way with 15 points.
Brent Vanderveen chipped in 13 points, and Ryan Echols added 12 for Arroyo Grande, which closed the gap to three points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t pull ahead.
“They never went away,” Greyhounds coach Jerry Tamelier said. “They really stayed with us.”
San Luis Obispo 60, Paso Robles 50
The Tigers outscored the Bearcats 34-18 combined in the second and third quarters, allowing them to withstand a late surge by Paso Robles (8-14, 2-7 PAC 7).
The Tigers had good perimeter shooting, making seven 3-pointers.
Paso Robles was 4 of 16 on 3-pointers and shot eight free throws.
“We need to be getting to the line more often,” Bearcats coach Scott Larson said.
Mike Hansen led San Luis Obispo (11-11, 4-4) with 24 points. Connor MacLeod added 13 points, while Matt Hannula put in 11 points.
Paso Robles’ Isaiah Jackson scored 24 points.
Morro Bay 72, Santa Ynez 52
Marcus Zorovich led a balanced attack with 10 points and nine assists as Morro Bay (13-10, 8-1 LPL) rolled against Santa Ynez (9-13, 2-8 LPL).
Carlo Green shot 5 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line, scoring 15 points, and Edward Griley had a team-high 13 rebounds and seven points for Morro Bay.
Nipomo 61, Santa Maria 44
With 22 points, Marc Baker keyed the Titans’ (13-11, 6-4 LPL) win.
The Titans led 37-12 at halftime and cruised from there.
Arroyo Grande 7, Atascadero 0
The Eagles (12-5-3, 8-1 PAC 7) took another big step toward winning a league title, routing the Greyhounds.
Christian Chora scored two goals, and five other Eagles scored a goal apiece in the shutout.
One of them was senior Matias Suarez, whose score came in his first start of the season.
San Luis Obispo 2, Paso Robles 1, OT
In collecting their third straight win, the Tigers (10-9, 4-4 PAC 7) came back from a 1-0 deficit in the 12th minute to get the win.
Both goals were scored by Paul Sullivan, with Matthew Connely assisting each.
Arroyo Grande 4, Atascadero 0
Kate Reinhardt led the Eagles with two goals and an assist as Arroyo Grande (10-2-3, 5-2-2 PAC 7) stayed in the thick of the league title chase.
Mikayla Allen had three saves in the shutout, and Ashley Roese added one goal and one assist.
Paso Robles 4, San Luis Obispo 3, OT
The Bearcats (13-4-2, 5-4 PAC 7) went to overtime for the second straight game, and Nikki Calabria converted a game-winning goal from 35 yards out in the second extra session.
Paso Robles has won three straight after losing four in a row.
The other goals came from Maria Chavez, Maddy Cline (assisted by Chavez) and Danielle Smith.
GIRLS WATER POLO
Arroyo Grande 15, Paso Robles 1
The Eagles (20-3, 11-0 PAC 7) racked up another league win in dominant fashion.
Kelly O’Sullivan, Kim Johnson and Caitlyn Taylor all scored three goals for Arroyo Grande, and Kylie Anderson had four saves.
Nipomo 16, Santa Maria 7
Becky Emrick and Sara Clark both scored six goals for the Titans (5-12, 2-2 LPL) and helped Nipomo rally from a 6-4 halftime deficit thanks to a 7-0 third-quarter run.
Samantha Baker made 10 saves in goal in the win.
Santa Ynez 15, Morro Bay 5
Mel Freeborn and Megan Long both contributed two goals for Morro Bay (3-10, 1-3 LPL).
Taylore Johnson had the other goal for Morro Bay. Goalkeeper Kerri Novick had 12 saves in goal.