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The Knights made a game of it in the first half.

The Warriors ran away with it in the second.

Righetti pulled away from a game St. Joseph team Tuesday night in a 72-48 girls basketball win at the Knights' gym.

St. Joseph went toe-to-toe with the Warriors in the first half, trailing 17-15 after the first quarter and cutting Righetti's lead to 28-27 with about a minute left in the first.

But the Warriors closed out the half with a 4-0 spurt to take a 32-27 lead into the break.

The Warriors outscored the Knights 40-21 the rest of the way. 

Natalie Garcia paced the Warriors with 17 points while Alijah Paquet and Malia Cabigon poured in 13 points apiece. Paityn Persson added 12 points for Righetti. 

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St. Joseph's Alexis Brackett pulls up for a jump shot during Tuesday's game against Righetti. Brackett scored a game-high 23 points in the Knights' 72-48 loss. 

The Warriors won despite the efforts of Alexis Brackett, who scored a game-high 23 points for the Knights. 

Righetti constantly got to the foul line against the Knights, going 17 for 30 from the stripe. 

Garcia presented some problems for the Knights with her quick hands and energy on defense, which created transition points for her and the Warriors.

"Natalie is all hustle and heart," Righetti coach Desiree Hitch said. "She's the type of player that I love to coach because I know her effort and hustle will be there every game. My team's energy level was really low the first half and Natalie gave the girls a spark on defense in the second half to help us get going.

"She gets her hand on the ball and causes turnovers and she sprints the lanes to get layups. She helped us a lot tonight."

The loss dropped St. Joseph to 2-26 overall and 0-10 in Mountain League games. The Warriors, meanwhile, improved to 13-9 and 6-4 in league games. 

Righetti will surely make the CIF Central Section Division I playoffs. St. Joseph may also have a shot to petition for a spot in the Division II playoffs. 

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St. Joseph's student section motions during free throw attempts Tuesday. 

Orcutt Academy 44, Morro Bay 30

The Spartans (20-7, 8-4) finished the regular season with a win over the Pirates, finished in a solid third place in the Ocean League and doubled their win total from last year.

Daenaejah Malicdem tossed in 15 points for Orcutt. Giselle Calderon added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, and Izzy Wasserman scored nine.

Santa Maria 60, Atascadero 43

Ariana Silva and Sonia Slavikova scored 16 points apiece, and the Saints (11-12, 4-8) wrapped up their regular season with an Ocean League win over the Greyhounds on Santa Maria's Senior Night at its Wilson Gym.

Olivia Sprouse led Atascadero with 13 points.

"We took control of the game in the second quarter, and led the rest of the game," said Santa Maria coach Jimmy Salutan.

"We came out and pressed full court the whole game, which is what we do best. The girls had one of their best defensive games, and offensively we pushed the ball for most of the game."

Templeton 63, Nipomo 54

The Eagles (14-9, 18-2) earned a share of the inaugural Ocean League title with Morro Bay with a win over the Titans (12-16, 5-5) at Templeton.

College baseball

Hancock 5, Bakersfield 4 (10 innings)

BAKERSFIELD - Zach Rudd scored the winning run for the Bulldogs (3-1) on an infield single by Mike Mclean.

Hancock closer Izzy Hernandez (2-0) picked up the win by working a scoreless bottom of the 10th.

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Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at jbailey@leecentralcoastnews.com or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jbaileysmsports

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