Athena Saragoza scored a team-high 33 points, helping the Santa Barbara High girls basketball team defeat Lompoc 58-34 at JR Richards Gym.
Santa Barbara (15-9, 8-0 in Channel League) built a 14-point lead heading to the fourth quarter and outscored the Braves 13-3 in the final period to secure the win. Saragoza was the lone Dons player in double figures, with Jaeda Spence contributing eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Prior to the game, both teams held a moment of silence to honor the victims of Sunday’s helicopter crash in Calabasas. Players for both teams wore shirts that read “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever,” on the front during pregame warm-ups, with text reading “Mamba Mentality” on the back, with Nos. 8 and 24 in honor of the late Kobe Bryant.
Members of both Channel League foes joined together in the middle of the court with arms around one another during the moment of silence.
CATE 3, BISHOP DIEGO 2
The Rams clinched the Tri-Valley League Championship outright Thursday afternoon after a 3-2 win at Bishop Diego.
Cate led early and never trailed in the contest. Harry Corman, Will Deadorff and Jae Lim all scored for the Rams (9-0-1, 5-0-1) Thursday.
FOOTHILL TECH 1, LAGUNA BLANCA 0
Game details were not available.
DOS PUEBLOS 2, SAN MARCOS 0
The Chargers are still in the hunt for a Channel League crown following a big win at home over crosstown rival San Marcos Thursday.
Barbra Gonzalez and Precious Nwosu both scored for the Chargers (5-1-2 Channel League).
DP will face first-place Lompoc next week with the title on the line.
CATE 2, GRACE BRETHREN 0
The Rams defeated Grace Brethren thanks to two second-half scores on Thursday.
Jolea Moles and Neema Mugofwa were the goal scorers for Cate, with the former coming in the 45th minute and the latter coming in the 73rd.
Taylor Kane had 12 saves in goal for the Rams (7-3-2), who secured a playoff spot with the win.
GIRLS WATER POLO
SAN MARCOS 15, CANYON 2
SAN MARCOS 13, LONG BEACH WILSON 3
The Royals got off to a fast start to the Irvine Tournament Thursday, winning by a combined score of 29-5.
Caroline Courtois, Angie Drake and Emma Engmyr helped lead the offensive attack in the opener against Canyon, while Hannah Meyer, Morgan Musick and Ava Stryker led the Royals in the afternoon matchup. Zosia Amberger notched 18 blocks combined Thursday.
CARPINTERIA 65, HUENEME 41
Dylan O’Neill scored a game-high 24 points to help the Warriors cruise to victory.
The sophomore added eight rebounds and four assists, while fellow sophomore Mateo Handall finished with 16 points.
TAYLOR (IND.) 7, WESTMONT 3
The No. 15 ranked Warriors suffered their first loss of the season Thursday in the Coach Calderon Invitational in Arizona.
Westmont starter Cory Dawson dropped to 1-1 on the year after allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 ⅔ innings, striking out 10 and issuing two walks. As a team, Westmont mustered only eight hits Thursday, with Taylor Garcia going 2-4 with a walk.
BAKERSFIELD 13, SBCC 5
The Vaqueros were unable to hold a 4-0 first-inning lead Thursday, dropping its softball home opener at Pershing Park.
The Renegades finished with 15 hits, including four doubles and a two-run home run in the fourth by Jayden Beam.
The start time for Saturday’s matchup between Ventura and SBCC has been moved up from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m.