The Bishop Diego girls took it down to the wire but came up just short against host Santa Maria, 46-44, in the championship game of the Santa Maria Tournament Saturday night.
In the two-day tournament’s third-place game, Santa Ynez defeated Carpinteria 48-44.
After a missed free throw by Santa Maria with seven seconds left in the championship game, the Cardinals pushed the ball in transition, giving Karla Mayren a great look at a 3-point shot for the title.
The ball was is in the right hands, as Mayren led the Cardinals with 19 points, but the last shot bounced off the rim as the game ended.
Citlali Morales and Diana Mendez had eight points apiece for Bishop Diego.
The Cardinals dropped behind 11-4 in the first quarter, but worked their way into the lead by the third, and the game was back-and-forth the rest of the way. Jaymi Coronado fouled out with five minutes remaining, “but the team rallied and fought to the end,” Bishop coach Jeff Burich said.
“I couldn’t be more proud for how these girls played with six or seven players each game,” Burich said.
Earlier Saturday, Bishop Diego beat East Bakersfield 39-31 in the final game of pool play, as Jaymi Coronado had 15 points and Lara Heinichen had 11.
Cardinals Coronado and Lara Heinichen were named to the All-Tournament Team. Bishop Diego, now 4-1 host the Bird Cage Classic starting November 30.
Santa Ynez 48, Carpinteria 44
Carpinteria battled back from a 23-7 first-quarter deficit but Santa Ynez held on for the win in the third-place game.
Freshman Lexi Molera led the Pirates with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Sophomore Kylie LaPointe added 15 points six steals, three assists and six rebounds for the Pirates. Freshman Rylan Agin added seven points, including a 3-pointer and a bank shot down low with 30 seconds left to secure the lead.
Freshman Helina Pecile contributed three points, six boards, four assists and four steals.
Santa Ynez beat Valley Christian earlier Saturday, 43-40.
“We are a young team, improving each game,” Pirates coach Jennifer Rasmussen said.
For their part, the Lady Warriors battled to the wire, coming back from the 16-point early deficit.
“The Warriors decided to play defense the next three periods and convert scoring opportunities and made it a game down the stretch,” Carpinteria coach Henry Gonzales said. “We out scored them 37-22 after the first period.”
Carpinteria was led offensively by backcourt players Amarisse Camargo with 17pts and Charlotte Cooney with 15. Lizbeth Alpizar and Jamaica Cook grabbed many rebounds at both ends of the court.
Earlier Saturday, Carpinteria defeated Coastal Christian, 48-41 in an 8 a.m. game. Charlotte Cooney scored 18 points. Alpizar grabbed 11 rebounds and Jamaica Cook 10.
“I was happy with our overall progress throughout the weekend,” Gonzales said. “We are building positive momentum and confidence going forward.”
After a day off Sunday, the Warriors are back at it Monday, playing in the Nordhoff Tournament against Santa Clara.