For awhile Friday night, Zane Sheckherd was the only Righetti player who was scoring consistently.
Then she got some help. When she did, things got more comfortable for the Warriors.
Sheckherd led all scorers with 21 points, but three other Righetti players scored in double figures. The Warriors pulled away as the second half wore on for a 75-53 win over Hanford in a St. Joseph/Righetti Winter Tournament game at Righetti High School.
Righetti moved to 3-1. Hanford is 5-6.
Sheckherd scored five quick points to help Righetti expand what had been a 35-26 halftime lead to 43-26. However, she eventually had to sit with four fouls and Kendall Bagby, Alijah Paquet and Ashley Reynoso helped pick up the scoring slack while Sheckherd was on the bench.
"We have a lot of girls who can score," Sheckherd said afterward. "We have a lot of girls who can score from different spots on the floor, and a lot of girls who can score in double figures."
Indeed, three others besides Sheckherd did score in double figures Friday night. Bagby and Reynoso persevered through some physical play inside to score 13 and 10 points respectively, and Paquet, scoring all of her five baskets from long or medium range, put in 11.
Nine Warriors scored.
Sheckherd wasn't the only Righetti player with four fouls. In fact, though no one from either side fouled out, "We had four girls with four fouls," said Righetti coach Desiree Hitch.
"We tend to get in some foul trouble, but that's OK. That's the risk we take when we press all the time." Righetti's defensive press was effective for large stretches once again.
The Thomas fire has wiped out a lot of scheduled sports events in south Santa Barbara County, and the Gold Coast Tournament, which was slated to be at Carpinteria High School, was one of the casualties. Righetti had been scheduled to play its first four games at that tournament.
"We've got a lot of work to do to get to where we were at this time last year," said Sheckherd. "We've been going a lot against ourselves. We haven't had many games."
The defending PAC 8 League champions will get to double up on games Saturday. The Warriors will play Hanford Sierra Pacific, which, like Righetti, is 2-0 in the tournament, at 9 a.m. The Warriors will play Nipomo at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be at Righetti.
Sapphire Jones and Kate McClard scored 20 and 15 points respectively for Hanford, and those two helped their team get back in it after Righetti, as Paquet hit two 3-pointers and the Warriors' press made a mess of the Bullpups' offense early, scored the first 12 points.
Jones and McClard helped the Bullpups get inside on the Warriors for points after that, and Jones pulled Hanford within 18-17 when she hit two free throws at the 4:59 mark of the second quarter. The Bullpups never could tie or take the lead, though.
The Warriors broke the game open in the second half as they started beating the Bullpups in transition and using sharp passes to get the ball in the lane for steady points.
"Once we saw we could beat the press, I think the girls just got a lot of confidence," said Hitch.
"When we got the ball across halfcourt, we saw a lot of openings."
The Warriors led 56-36 after three quarters and their biggest lead was 30, at 73-43 at the 2:21 mark of the fourth.
Sierra Pacific 48, Nipomo 30
The Nipomo Titans fell to Hanford’s Sierra Pacific High Golden Bears in a game played at Righetti High School as part of the St. Joseph/Righetti Winter Tournament.
Kat Anderson led the Titans with eight points, Clarissa Simonson added seven and Abbey Gutierrez six.
Nipomo (3-3) plays two tournament games Friday — the first at 10:30 a.m. against Arroyo Grande at St. Joseph High School and the second at 4:30 p.m. against Righetti across the street at Righetti High.