Feb 18, 2011 3:15 AM by Andrew Masuda
Three of the four Los Padres League girl's basketball teams won their CIF playoff openers and advanced to Saturday's second round.
Co-league champion Morro Bay routed Bishop Union 65-17. The Pirates started slowly but took off late in the first quarter. Megan Hansen led the Pirates with 14 points. Hannah Gilbert added 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Sierra Schwellenbach poured in 12 more. Nicki Bloom added 10 points to give the Pirates four girls to reach double-digits in points. The Pirates improved to 20-5 and will play at Mission Prep. The Royals cruised on the road at Santa Paula 61-34 to improve to 21-5 ovearll. The Royals were led by Jenna Dunbar's 22 points and Bri Harvey's 17 points. Saturday's game at Mission Prep will mark the third time this season the Royals will play Morro Bay. The Pirates won the first two meetings.
Santa Ynez went to overtime but the Pirates topped San Marino 58-49 in a thriller. The co-league champion Pirates blew an 11 point lead with barely three minutes to go in the final quarter and needed a three-pointer by star Hailey King to force overtime. Santa Ynez was led by King, who poured in 25 points. The Pirates improved to 15-12 on the season and must travel for their second round to #11 seeded Whitney, which is 20-6 after its 54-25 win over Pioneer.
The Nipomo Titans continued their historic season. The Titans beat Millken Community on the road 56-41 to win the program's first-ever playoff game. Nipomo will travel to Division 5AA's fifth seed Montclair Prep for a second round game. Tessa Underwood led the way with 12 points, while Taylor Nevitt added 9 in Nipomo's first playoff win in the school's nine year history.
The Templeton girls lost their CIF playoff debut as members of the Los Padres League. The Eagles fell 54-30 at Santa Clara, the #2 seed in Division 5AA. The future is bright for the Eagles though after this 13-11 campaign. Lauren Stuedemann, Autumn Russel, Megan Hattar and Paige O'Sullivan, all key players, are only freshmen.
Also on Thursday, the North County Christian girls overcame a ten point fourth quarter deficit to beat Vasquez 55-46 in overtime. Cristy Scarson led the Crusaders with 26 points. NCC will travel to Poly in Pasadena, the top seed in Division 5A.
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