The Arroyo Grande High girls basketball team held on despite a barrage of 3-pointers from host Peninsula of Palos Verdes to earn a berth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA quarterfinals with a 44-40 win Saturday night.
The game was tight the entire way, with leads never reaching more than three until the game’s final score. The Panthers had a one-point lead after the first quarter, only to see Arroyo Grande (21-5) take a 22-20 halftime lead.
While Peninsula only made 13 shots for the game, it was able to stay in the game by hitting 10 3-pointers.
Peninsula’s Hannah Bruno, the game’s leading scorer with 22 points, hit five 3-pointers.
Lindsey Wolf led a balanced Arroyo Grande scoring attack with 11 and also grabbed seven rebounds. Haley MacDonald had nine points on a trio of 3-pointers and four assists. Maddie Carr had seven points, and both Madi Ventura and Emma Weinreich, who also had seven rebounds, added six points each.
The Eagles will face North Torrance or Diamond Ranch in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
Atascadero 53, Oak Park 43
Mary Kate Evans and the Greyhounds’ (17-8) bench stepped up their defense in the second half, earning them a trip to the Division 4AA quarterfinals against No. 1 seed Windward.
“It was a really great team effort,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said. “Evans was able to keep their normal leading scorers in check, and our bench played very well with other players out.”
The Greyhounds used a second-half surge to earn the victory after trailing 29-28 at halftime.
Shannon Berwick netted 13 points to lead Atascadero. Alyssa Palma scored 11 points, and Amanda Butler came off the bench to add eight points.
Courtney Wing led Oak Park with 11 points.
Rosary 53, Paso Robles 29
The Bearcats exchanged run for run with Rosary in the first half.
But with 2:30 left in the second quarter, Paso Robles center Molly Donovan left the game with a knee injury Rosary then outscored the Bearcats 21-2 in the third quarter and went on to defeat Paso Robles in the second round of the Division 4AA playoffs.
Amani White scored a team-high 10 points, and Katie Knupper scored seven points for the Bearcats (11-16).
Montclair Prep 67, Nipomo 40
Tessa Underwood scored 22 points, but Nipomo couldn’t keep pace with Montclair Prep in the Division 5AA second round.
The Titans (13-14) trailed 34-16 at halftime and were unable to make a second-half run.
Poly Pasadena 73, North County Christian 20
For the first six minutes of the game, North County Christian had Division 5A leading scorer Michelle Miller figured out. The Crusaders had found a way to hold a player who averages 33.3 points per game to no field goals.
Then, Miller found her stride.
For the remainder of the game, Miller went on a tear and scored 37 points to end the Crusaders’ playoff run.
For North County Christian (16-8), Brianna Feld scored a team-high nine points, and the division’s second-leading scorer, Cristy Scarson, finished with four points.
The Crusaders trailed 32-14 at the half but surrendered 31 points in the third quarter en route to their season-ending loss after winning the Division 6A title last year.