The Atascadero girls basketball team got its first win of the season Saturday at the Doser Girls Basketball Tournament with a 55-33 victory over Morro Bay.
The Greyhounds used a zone defense to slow the Pirates scoring on the inside and guards Reylessa Reyes and Aryana Gonzales provided a scoring punch. Reyes scored a high school career-high 17 and Gonzales added 14.
“They did a really good job both offensively and defensively,” Atascadero coach Jim Stecher said.
After the game Gonzales credited her freshman point guard teammate.
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“It’s fun to play with Aryana,” Gonzales said. “She had a lot of good assists to me.”
On offense, it was a far cry from just a day earlier when Atascadero scored just 15 points in a 34-15 loss to Aquinas. Coach Jim Stecher said he had his team in the gym early Saturday morning for an hour and a half working on shooting.
“I think just our mindset was different today,” Gonzales said. “We had more of a mind to actually score.”
“It’s always better to win than to lose, our objective though in the preseason is to get better each game not necessarily to win every game,” Stecher said. “Winning always helps.
“For a young team I’m pleased with where we are at.”
Center Brianna Villanueva added eight points for Atascadero.
After shooting 13 percent against Aquinas, Atascadero made their open shots against Morro Bay. On defense Atascadero played a zone, though Stecher said that he would prefer to play man-to-man defense — but zone fits his personnel right now.
Atascadero’s defense forced Morro Bay to turn the ball over and the Greyhounds capitalized in transition.
“We gave them second and third opportunities over and over again and we didn’t box out very well,” Morro Bay coach Bill Vedrin said.
Morro Bay’s sharp-shooter Willow Bailey had 12 points, all on 3-pointers, before leaving the game in the third quarter with a mild concussion. Skye Schwellenbach scored six.
“We shot about 13 percent today,” Vedrin. “You have to shoot a little better than that to beat a team like this.”