A balanced scoring attack paced Bishop Diego to 53-23 girls basketball win over Santa Clara in a Tri-Valley League opener on Thursday.

Galilea De La Cruz led the Cardinals with 16 points and five rebounds. Lily Simolon scored 12 points and Lara Henichin added 11 points.

Bishop started strong and roared to a 30-12 halftime lead.

“I liked the way we pushed the ball and I thought our defense set the tone,” said coach Jeff Burich. “Citlali Morales, Jiali Coronado, Jaymi Coronado and Diana Mendez were aggressive and got us going in transition and gave us great contributions.

“It was a good having our full squad back for the first league game. We even got Siena Urzua after her soccer game today making an impact.”

Bishop improves to 17-2 overall.

Pacifica 67, Dos Pueblos 32

Dos Pueblos struggled offensively and suffered a Channel League girls basketball loss against Pacifica on Thursday.

The Chargers were held to seven points in the second half.

“Pacifica is a good team with all the pieces. They have a good point guard, good shooting, and a lot of size and height,” said coach Manny Murillo. “You have to play a great game against them in order to win. And we had the worst first half we’ve had this whole season. But we didn’t fall apart. We kept playing and that shows our character.”

Justine Katz and Carly Letendre each scored 10 points for the Chargers, and Lauren Robles added six points.

Dos Pueblos is 7-10 overall and 2-2 in league. 

Ventura 54, Santa Barbara 17

The Dons were outscored 19-2 in the first quarter and suffered their 13th loss of the season.

“We struggled to execute offensively,” said Santa Barbara coach Andrew Butcher. “Our press break and half-court defense continue to improve, however. Better execution and shot selection will continue to be our focus.”

The Dons fall to 0-4 in Channel League and 1-13 overall.

Carpinteria 42, Fillmore 39

Amarisse Camargo scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to carry the Warriors to their second Citrus Coast League win.

“It was not our best effort of the year but we found a way to stay ahead and win the game,” said coach Henry Gonzales. “We completed our goal for the night of winning another league contest. So we move on to next week versus Malibu and Nordhoff, who are currently undefeated in the CCL, with a positive and confident attitude.”

Carpinteria is 2-2 in league and 8-8 overall.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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