After its 30-game league win streak was snapped Tuesday at San Luis Obispo, Righetti's girls basketball team was staring at another defeat Friday night.
The Warriors mustered just seven first-quarter points against Paso Robles and eventually trailed 30-23 at halftime. But the Warriors woke up after the break, outscoring the Bearcats 35-16 in the second half, to win 58-46 and move to 2-1 in Mountain League games.
The Warriors won back-to-back PAC 8 League championships while going unbeaten in league the last two seasons. But San Luis Obispo ended the Warriors' league streak with a 60-51 home victory earlier this week.
Then Friday night, the Warriors trailed Paso Robles 13-7 after one quarter of play at home. The Bearcats then outscored the Warriors 17-16 in the second quarter to take a seven-point lead into the break.
But Righetti dominated the third quarter with a 15-6 edge, then outscored Paso Robles 20-10 in the final frame to get back on track in league play.
Natalie Garcia, a blossoming junior guard, led the Warriors with 17 points. Senior Alijah Paquet added 14 points for Righetti.
Paquet powered the Warriors in the third quarter, pouring in eight of her points. Garcia scored six fourth-quarter points for the Warriors and Madisyn Cutliff added five crucial second-half points.
Abigail Salazar, a sophomore, finished with seven points, hitting a pair of second-half 3-pointers for Righetti.
The Warriors are now 9-6 overall and 2-1 in league play. Paso Robles is 8-13 and 0-3 in league.
Righetti is scheduled to play host to Mission Prep on Tuesday night at 6:45 p.m. The Warriors will then host St. Joseph on Friday night.
Valley Chrstian Academy 39, Shandon 22
Mayley DeBernardi and Grace Cose scored 11 points each for the Lions (9-4, 4-2) who defeated the Outlaws in a Coast Valley League game at VCA.
Lindsay Mikkelson scored eight points for the Lions. DeBernardi racked up six rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Cose had nine rebounds and four steals.
Orcutt Academy 57, Atascadero 49
Daenaejah Malicden tossed in 19 points for the Spartans, who scored an Ocean League win on the road against the Greyhounds.
Malicden was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, and she snared five rebounds. Mariah Lopez had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks for the Spartans. Izzy Wasserman scored 10 points and knocked down two '3's.
Arroyo Grande 67, St. Joseph 19
The Eagles routed the Knights in a Mountain League game at St. Joseph's Hofschulte Gym. No details were available.
Nipomo 76, Santa Maria 68
The Titans moved to 2-1 in the Ocean League with a win over the Saints (9-10, 1-2) at Santa Maria's Wilson Gym.
Thomas Segel popped in 30 points for Santa Maria. Rolando Pina had 20 rebounds and eight points for the Saints before he rolled his ankle with three minutes left and had to leave the game.
Genaro Morales had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Saints.
Atascadero 54, Orcutt Academy 42
The Greyhounds defeated the Spartans in an Ocean League game at Lakeview Junior High School. No other details were available.
Nipomo 2, Orcutt Academy 1
The Titans scored on a golden goal in the ninth minute of overtime to win this Ocean League game at Rice Ranch Park.
Orcutt goalkeeper Tyler Zafiris scored the Spartans' goal on a punt from his own penalty box.
Paso Robles 2, Pioneer Valley 1
The Bearcats edged the Panthers in this Mountain League game at Pioneer Valley with a golden goal in the second of the two 10-minute overtime periods.
St. Joseph 0, Pioneer Valley 0 (5-4 St. Joseph, penalty kicks)
Janelle Brickey scored the game-winner for the Knights in this Mountain League game at St. Joseph after a scoreless regulation and overtime.
St. Joseph freshman goalkeeper Brenna Sousinisi made five saves in regulation before she stopped a try in the penalty kicks phase to preserve the win for the Knights.
Morro Bay 2, Nipomo 0
The Pirates beat the Titans in an Ocean League game at Nipomo. No details were available.