San Marcos had a tough shooting night and suffered a 42-35 Channel League girls basketball loss at Buena on Tuesday night.

“We got off to a slow start offensively tonight, missing layups and shots that as a team we normally knock down,” said coach Tiffany Simms. “Defensively we played a solid game and held their top scorer Karisma Lewis to only four points. But weren’t able to shut down the next man up.”

It was the third straight loss for the Royals, who are 5-5 in league and 10-9 overall. Buena is 7-3, 12-8.

San Marcos’ defense stepped up in the second half and created offensive opportunities.

“But in the end there wasn’t enough time for us to get the comeback,” said Simms.

“Very proud of us being able to come out the second half with a different game mentality.”

Michelle Arellanes scored 14 points to lead San Marcos.

Ventura 50, Santa Barbara 23

Ventura’s defense forced Santa Barbara High’s girls basketball team into several turnovers, and the Dons dropped a 50-23 Channel League game against Ventura on Tuesday night.

Santa Barbara committed 20 turnovers, and the Dons shot just 22%.

Jazz Gordon led Santa Barbara with nine points

Pacifica 67, Dos Pueblos 55

Dos Pueblos pulled to within four points of Pacifica in the third quarter, but the Chargers experienced some breakdowns and ended losing, 67-55, in a Channel League game on Tuesday.

“I thought we were going to go on our run, where we get points in transition, share the ball, get layups, hit open threes and take the lead,” said coach Manny Murillo. “But some mental mistakes, lack of player movement, and ball movement occurred, and that’s when Pacifica took advantage and went on their run and that’s what good teams do.”

Pacifica (7-3, 13-7) shot the ball well, making 29 of 53 from the field.

Justine Katz scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Chargers (5-5 in league, 10-13 overall). Lauren Robles hit four three-pointers to finish with 12 points.

Cate 47, Villanova 28

The Rams outscored the Wildcats 23-10 in the second half and won the Frontier League game.

“The second half was a story of unrelenting defense, holding the Wildcats to just two points in the third quarter, which came in the final seconds,” said Cate coach Laura Moore.

The Rams made 5 of their 6 three-point shots in the second half.

Lilli Whelan and sophomores Sophia Ospina and Sam Jimenez each scored 10 points to lead Cate.


Nipomo 72, Santa Ynez 64

Caleb Cassidy had a double-double of 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Pirates in the Ocean League loss.

Jackson Ollenburger led team with 19 points and Landon Lassahn had 16 points.

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