Hancock College’s women’s basketball team rolled to its sixth straight victory over local rival Cuesta College, beating the Cougars 53-37 in a Western State Conference game Wednesday night at Hancock’s Joe White Memorial Gym.
Taylor Lee-Hammer scored a game-high 18 points and Hannah Walls recorded her third double-double to lead the Bulldogs (10-9, 2-1 WSC North). Walls scored 11 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds.
Hancock’s Karly Beyers nailed two 3-pointers early in the first quarter to give the Bulldogs an 8-2 lead.
Beyers finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists in the Bulldogs’ first home game of 2018.
Cuesta battled back, going on a 7-0 run for a 9-8 lead before the Bulldogs closed the quarter with their own 7-0 run for a 15-9 edge.
When Brianna Rubalcaba hit a jump shot at the buzzer, Hancock led 30-22 at the half.
Cuesta cut the lead to 30-26 early in the third quarter but Hancock, behind seven points from Lee-Hammer, outscored Cuesta 15-4 to take a 45-20 lead into the break.
Dakota Shinn led Cuesta with 14 points and seven rebounds. Courtney Barba finished with 13 points for the Cougars.
Cuesta fell to 1-2 in league and 9-8 on the year.
The Bulldogs return to WSC action Saturday at Oxnard. Tipoff will be at 1 p.m.
Hancock 83, Cuesta 80
The Bulldogs completed their Cuesta sweep with a victory in the men’s basketball later Wednesday night.
Shane Carney led Hancock (15-8, 2-1 WSC North) with 24 points.
The game was close midway through the first half with Hancock up by one, 19-18, when the Bulldogs went on a 23-9 run to close the half for a 42-27 halftime lead.
Devin Davis scored 11 first half points for Hancock, while Carney added eight and Glenn Jordan seven.
Hancock was still ahead 79-68 with just over two minutes remaining in the game but the Cougars Nico Gonzalez hit a 3-pointer and two free throws followed vy a Noah Saunders layup cut Hancock’s lead to four – 79-75 – with 1:40 left in the game.
Davis then had a layup and two free throws to get the Bulldogs an 83-77 lead with under a minute to go.
Josh Wilson-Murry then hit a three for the Cougars.
Cuesta had two more shots to tie the game but missed them both and Hancock held on for the win.
Davis tied a career high with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Jordan scored 10 points for Hancock with Diego Lucas adding eight and Trenton Mitchell adding six.
The Cougars fell to 1-2 in league and 11-13 overall.
Hancock heads to Oxnard on Saturday to face the Condors at 3 p.m. in a conference battle.
Santa Ynez 51, Nipomo 36
Santa Ynez evened its Los Padres League record at 4-4 with a win at home over Nipomo.
Malia Loos led the Pirates with 19 points, which included five 3-pointers.
Abbey Gutierrez led the Titans with 15 points while Maddie Witcher added nine.
Lita Wright added 13 for Santa Ynez, with Sarah Perkins scoring nine and Ashley Quiroga netting six.
“This ties us for fourth place in the LPL with Nipomo but we’ve got a lot more work to do,” said Santa Ynez head coach Mike Alexander.
Santa Ynez is back at home Friday night when the Pirates host the other Pirates – Morro Bay. Nipomo hosts Lompoc on Friday.
Orcutt Academy 46, Santa Maria 44
The Spartans dominated the boards, recording 59 rebounds in the win.
Mariah Lopez had eight points and 19 rebounds. Michaela Freebourn added eight points and seven rebounds and Izzy Wasserman finished with 8 points.
Orcutt Acadmey is now 10-7 on the season and is at Templeton Friday night.
Santa Maria 88, Orcutt Academy 56
The Saints Joey Nevarez went on a tear, scoring 36 points in Santa Maria’s Los Padres League victory over Orcutt Academy at Santa Maria’s Wilson Gym.
Two other Saints reached double figures — Thomas Segel with 18 and Kobe Medina with 14 points.
Santa Maria’s DaJoure Burress had six points to go with 11 rebounds.
The Saints improved to 15-5 overall and 6-2 in the LPL.
Both teams are back in action Friday night; Orcutt Academy hosts Templeton at Lakeview Junior High while Santa Maria heads to Cabrillo.
Santa Ynez 55, Nipomo 53
The Pirates edged the Titans in a down-to-the-wire LPL game at Nipomo High.
Ryan Rennick led Santa Ynez (8-4, 6-2) with 17 points; Zack Hewitt added 16; and Merek Mercado scored 12 to give both Santa Ynez basketball squads wins over Nipomo on the night.
Santa Ynez is back on the road Friday night when the Pirates play at Morro Bay.
Ethan Uva and Ian Blancett each had 13 points to lead the Titans, who are 3-5 in league games. Darin Sosa added 9 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. The Titans are at Lompoc on Friday.