Pioneer Valley's boys basketball team closed out its resurgent season with another win Friday night.
Now the Panthers will hope and wait that their résumé is good enough for a playoff bid.
Pioneer Valley fended off a game Righetti squad, closing out the regular season with a 63-59 road win over the Warriors.
The Panthers finish up PAC 8 League play with a 7-7 mark, good enough for fifth place in the league. There are four guaranteed playoff berths for the top four PAC 8 League teams. The Panthers went 16-11 in the regular season.
The CIF Southern Section will release its boys and girls basketball playoff brackets Sunday afternoon. The Panthers are in Division 4AA this season and will hope there's an at-large spot waiting for them.
Mathew Garcia helped the Panthers close out a strong season with a winning performance Friday. The senior, who also quarterbacked the Panther football team in the fall, scored a team-high 17 points. Taylor Burns, another Pioneer Valley senior, added 14 points for the Panthers, knocking down two 3-pointers. DJ Martinez, yet another PVHS senior, added 13.
The Panthers needed just four 3-pointers to get past the Warriors, a team that puts up a lot of outside shots.
The Warriors honored their seniors before tip-off. Righetti has nine seniors on its 13-man roster.
Senior point guard Weston Hammell led the Warriors with 18 points. Caleb Thomas, a junior, scored 17 points and Anthony Rodriguez, another senior, scored 13. Domingo Rodriguez added eight points.
Unofficially, the Warriors put up 32 3-point shots Friday, knocking down only six.
Pioneer Valley jumped out to a 29-14 lead after the first quarter, but struggled thereafter, especially in the second half. The Panthers were up 46-29 at halftime. The Warriors outscored the Panthers 20-9 in the third quarter, cutting the Panthers' lead to 55-49. The Warriors outscored the Panthers 10-8 in the final frame.
The Warriors finish the year with a 2-12 record in PAC 8 play while going 5-23 overall.
Atascadero 67, Arroyo Grande 62
The underdog Greyhounds (8-18, 4-10) locked the Eagles (16-10, 9-5) out of a three-way share of the PAC 8 League championship, winning this regular season finale at Arroyo Grande's James Gymnasium.
It was a big year for upsets in the PAC 8, and the seventh-place Greyhounds beat the Eagles twice. Arroyo Grande will enter the playoffs as the third seed from the PAC 8.
Logan Siemens led the Eagles with 16 points. Gage Gomez added 15 points and Robert Hutchens had 10.
Valley Christian Academy 52, Cuyama Valley 39
The Coast Valley League co-champions (10-8, 8-2) will enter the playoffs under first-year coach Christopher Maples on a strong note with a solid win at Cuyama Valley in their regular season finale.
Isaak Deming scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had seven assist for the Lions, who shared the CVL title with Shandon.
Righetti 86, Pioneer Valley 46
The Warriors closed out the regular season with their 23rd straight win and a perfect 14-0 run through the PAC 8 League.
In another efficient offensive performance, the Warriors had five players score in double-figures.
Righetti was led by Zane Sheckherd and her 16 points. Kendall Bagby added 14, freshman Malia Cabigon had 13, Samra Cano addded 12 and freshman Alex Paquet had 10.
The Warriors are 23-1 on the season and will await Sunday's pairings release to see where they play in the Division 2A bracket, where they could have a first-round bye.
Ravyn Anielski had a big game for the Panthers, pouring in 22 points. Aalyah Moreno added seven points for the Panthers, who finish up 3-22 overall and 0-14 in PAC 8 play.
Righetti has won 29 consecutive PAC 8 League games, dating back to 2016.
Valley Christian Academy 61, Cuyama Valley 33
Grace Cose scored 18 points and snared 16 rebounds as the Lions (9-9, 6-4) finished their regular season with a win at Cuyama Valley.
Mayley DeBernardi scored 15 points for the Lions. Shy Kendrick had 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, and Heather Knutson scored 10 points.
The Lions are playoff-bound after finishing third in the Coast Valley League behind Coastal Christian and Coast Union.