San Marcos dropped a 68-54 girls basketball decision at Oxnard in a Channel League opener on Tuesday night.

Michelle Arellanes scored 14 points and Ellie Monson has 12 to lead the Royals.

“The girls played a very tough, well-coached team in Oxnard,” said San Marcos coach Tiffany Simms. “We struggled to maintain and execute the game plan in the first half. We made some adjustments in the second half but not soon enough to come back.”

The Royals return to Oxnard on Thursday for the Yellowjackets’ Winter Tournament.

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