The San Marcos High boys basketball team got off to a rough start to the season, losing its opener at Oxnard, 69-52, on Wednesday night.
John Connolly led the Royals with 11 points, while Gideon Van Bogelen added 10 points to go with four blocked shots.
“We were good in spurts, but their pressure defense gave us trouble in the first half,” San Marcos coach Jelani Hicks said in a statement. “Second half we were able to make some adjustments, but too little too late.”
The Royals play their home opener on Friday against Oaks Christian at 7 p.m.
DOS PUEBLOS 56, LAWNDALE 30
The Chargers improved to 3-0 on the young season following another double-digit victory, this time against Lawndale. DP will advance to face Bishop Diego in the championship game of the Malibu High Battle of the Beach Tournament tomorrow.
DP led by just eight at the break but extended it to as much as 30 thanks to the stellar play of sophomore point guard Leila Chisholm who scored a career-high 18 points going 5-for-5 from the three-point line.
Mikayla Butzke contributed 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for the Chargers while leading scorer Ashley Gerken scored 10 points while facing foul troubles throughout.
BISHOP DIEGO 52, MALIBU 26
Freshmen Lily Simolon and Mileyni Sanchez led a strong offensive attack to help the Cardinals bury the Sharks.
Simolon had had 12 points and Sanchez finished with 11. Four freshmen in all for Bishop Diego (3-0) combined for 29 points.
SANTA CLARA 2, CARPINTERIA 1
Aly Springer scored the lone goal for the Warriors in their non-league loss at Santa Clara. Carpinteria coach Charles Bryant also singled out his goalkeeper, Ariana Lounsury, for her strong play.
The Warriors fell to 1-1.