The Arroyo Grande High girls basketball team had one goal at the start of the season: a CIF Southern Section championship.
With a convincing 46-30 win over Bonita on Saturday night in the Division 3AAA semifinals, the Eagles (24-5) accomplished that goal and advanced to the championship game for the first time in school history.
“They established a goal of a CIF championship, and this game was a key to that,” Arroyo Grande assistant coach Dave Floyd said. “The team worked as a unit, worked hard in practice. They were all about business.”
And the Eagles got down to business Saturday, shutting down the high-scoring Bearcat offense.
“Team defense was the difference in the game,” Floyd said. “We slowed down the game and stayed on them the whole time. The girls didn’t give them any easy looks or easy baskets.”
Bonita, which averages 55 points a game, put up a season-low 30 in the loss.
Lindsey Wolf scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Arroyo Grande.
Heather Madrigal had 15 points and eight rebounds, Emma Weinreich had seven points and eight rebounds, and Brianna Flood had six points, six assists and three steals for the Eagles.
“They don’t rely on one player,” Floyd said. “It’s a team unit. There are so many people to turn to — every game it’s someone new.”
Arroyo Grande will face Rio Mesa in the championship game. The time and location of the game will be announced Monday.
Oak Park 66, Atascadero 56
Casey Nero scored 19 points for the Greyhounds, but Atascadero (18-9) fell to the Eagles (21-8) in the Division 3A semifinals.
“We played really hard and left it all out on the floor,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said, “I am very proud of them.”
The Greyhounds were down 28-26 at the half and were outscored 38-30 in a high-scoring second half.
Camille LeBlanc scored 11 points, and Sabrina Degnan scored eight for Atascadero, which was playing without leading-scorer Mary Kate Evans. She was out with a knee injury she suffered in Wednesday’s quarterfinal win over St. Lucy’s.
WRESTLINGCIF Southern Section Masters Meet
Six area wrestlers placed in the top nine and will advance to the state meet in Bakersfield next weekend.
For Paso Robles, Kevan Garcia (140 pounds) placed fifth, and Deonte Willis (220) placed seventh.
Abe Holterman (132) placed seventh and Andrew Bittle (195) placed eighth for Atascadero.
For Morro Bay, Dolan Minnini (140) placed ninth, and Brett Kimball (285) finished in seventh for Nipomo, the highest placing in Titan history.
BASEBALLTempleton 8, Mission Prep 1
The Royals opened the season with a loss at home.
Joey Hall went 2 for 3, and George Hindmarsh had a double and an RBI for Mission Prep.