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Saints beat the buzzer, Pirates in Ayer Classic finale

Saints beat the buzzer, Pirates in Ayer Classic finale

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Santa Maria High's Alma Fernandez (11) defends against Pioneer Valley's Aalyah Moreno (15) during a Nov. 15 game at Santa Maria High. On Saturday, Fernandez sank the game-winning basket, beating the buzzer to give the Saints a 46-45 victory over Santa Ynez at the 13th annual Bryan Ayer Classic at Lompoc High School.

It was high drama for the Santa Maria Saints and Santa Ynez Pirates Saturday at the 13th annual Bryan Air Classic girls basketball tournament in Paisola Pavilion at Lompoc High School.

The Saints beat the buzzer to snatch the win from the Pirates.

Alma Fernandez scored from underneath the basket on the final play of the game, and the Saints (3-3) edged the Pirates (1-6) 46-45 to close out the final day of the Ayer Classic.

With the Saints down by one and only six seconds left in the game, Luz Olea handled the ball for the Saints.

She dribbled nearly the length of the court then connected with Fernandez who scored the winning basket as time expired.

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Santa Maria High's Iceis McNutt (25) dribbles around the defense during the season-opening game against Pioneer Valley High School on Nov. 15. On Saturday, McNutt scored 10 points, helping Santa Maria defeat Santa Ynez 46-45 at the 13th annual Bryan Ayer Classic at Lompoc High School.

Carlissa Solorio earned a double-double for the Saints, with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Olea and Iceis McNutt scored 10 points each for the Saints.

“I am proud of the girls,” Santa Maria coach Erik Ramos said in a text. “We lost a heartbreaker to Santa Ynez (52-48) on the road Tuesday and got a re-match with them today. It was a great team win.”

Orcutt Academy 57, Lompoc 42

Orcutt Academy wrapped up its appearance at the Ayer Classic with a victory over the host Lompoc Braves on Saturday.

Mariah Lopez led the Spartans with 18 points.

Giselle Calderon had 12 points and was later named to the All-Tournament team.

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Orcutt Academy's Giselle Calderon converts a steal against Santa Ynez' Malia Loos during the Bryan Ayer Classic at Lompoc High School Dec. 6.

The Spartans (7-1) went 3-1 in the Ayer Classic, suffering their only loss of the year to the Santa Barbara Dons in Orcutt Academy’s second Friday game.

In the Santa Barbara game, Calderon had 11 points while Lopez and Vanessa Salazar each had 12.

San Luis Obispo Tournament

Camarillo 65, Righetti 37

Gariela Jaquez racked up 21 points and the Camarillo Scorpions (9-0) tagged the Righetti Warriors (3-1) with their first loss in this tournament game at Nipomo High.

Jovel De Leon scored 14 points for Camarillo. Alyssa Marin had 11.

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Righetti's Malia Cabigon hits a three-point shot as Shafter's Alleigh Hanner defends in a game at Nipomo High School earlier this month. Area players have focused on using the three-point shot as a major part of their offensive game while other teams are intent on defending it consistently.

Malia Cabigon and Paityn Persson scored 13 and 10 points respectively for Righetti.

Nipomo 73, Arvin 55

All-Tourney award winner Makennah Simonson dropped in 26 points to lead the Titans (10-0) to another win. The game took place at Nipomo, the host site for the tournament.

Simonson sank two 3-pointers. Ten Titans scored in this one.

Kacie Slover put in 10 points for Nipomo. Grace Gutierrez scored eight. 

Boys Basketball

Sierra Pacific Tournament (Friday night)

Santa Maria’s boys basketball team rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit Friday night to edge Bakersfield Mira Monte 77-73 at the Sierra Pacific Tournament at Hanford Sierra Pacific High School.

The Saints (5-1) landed a berth in the championship game. Santa Maria will play Reedley at 6:15 p.m. Saturday night for the tournament championship.

Daisean Leekins scored 19 points and snared eight rebounds for the Saints Friday night. Justin Gutierrez put in 18 points.

Five Saints scored in double figures. Rolando Pina put in 12 points, Jon Garcilazo had 11 and Carlos Hidalgo scored 10.

Pina snared nine rebounds. Garcilazo had eight and Hidalgo pulled down seven.

After making four 3-pointers in the first half, the Saints buried eight in the second.

Morro Bay Tournament

The Santa Ynez Pirates split two games Saturday at the Morro Bay Tournament.

The Pirates won their second Saturday game, 67-47, over the Selma Bears.

Freshman Landon Lassahn led the way, scoring 10 points and sophomore Ryan Devitt added 10.

In their first Saturday game, the Pirates lost a close one, 62-58, to the Paso Robles Bearcats,

Nate Rogers led Santa Ynez with 20 points.

“That was the best basketball we’ve played defensively this year,” said head coach Ray Vazquez in a telephone interview after the games. “And Henry Allen, our boys water polo star, played an all-around wonderful basketball game.”

The Pirates (2-4) move on to another tournament this coming week.

Santa Ynez begins play at the annual Fillmore Tournament with a game against Channel Islands on Thursday.

Girls Water Polo

Newbury Park Varsity Tournament

The Santa Ynez Pirates dropped a 7-2 decision to the Palisades Dolphins Saturday at the Newbury Park Varsity Tournament.

Hannah Allen and Annabel Hosking scored for the Pirates.

In goal, Peyton Pratt had 14 saves.

In Friday’s game, Santa Ynez won big over Oxnard Pacifica.

Taye Luke scored four goals in the Pirates’ 12-3 victory.

Kylie Luke and Allen each scored three times and Lily Mazza scored twice.

In the net, Pratt had seven saves, a steal and one assist.

Boys soccer

Santa Maria 3, Dos Pueblos 2

The Saints (6-0-1) edged the Chargers in a cross-section game at Dos Pueblos.

Javier Real scored all three Santa Maria goals. Two were unassisted. Gilberto Gomez assisted on the other one.

Women's basketball

Glendale 53, Hancock 38

The Vaqueros (9-1) beat the host Bulldogs (6-5) handily on the last day of Hancock's Toys for Tots Classic at Hancock's Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.

Tess Oakley-Stilson scored a game-high 15 points for Glendale. Gloria Bianchi and Zoe Rouge tallied 10 apiece.

Alijah Paquet was the only Bulldog in double figures. She scored 11 points. Aryana Gonzales had nine.

Girls soccer

Madera 2, Nipomo 2

The Coyotes, down 2-0 in the second half, scored twice and salvaged a non-league tie against the host Titans (1-3-2) at Nipomo.

Nipomo goalkeeper Alexis Acosta made 12 saves. Julissa Diaz and Emely Graciliano scored the Nipomo goals.  


Sports Reporter

Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

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