2010-11 Game Stories
By Dave Loveton, sports information
Saturday, Feb. 26 -- Southern Cal Regional, 2nd round: #2 San Bernardino Valley 51, #15 SBCC 46 Record: 21-11
Vaqueros fall in defensive affair, 51-46
SBCC shoots 23 percent in playoff loss
SBCC gave No. 2-ranked San Bernardino Valley all it could handle on Saturday night before dropping a 51-46 decision in the
second round of the Southern Cal Regional at San Bernardino.
Despite shooting just 23 percent (16-71) and getting outrebounded 65-42, the Vaqueros (21-11) rallied from a 26-19 halftime deficit and took a 41-40 lead on a layup by Brooke Berry with 5:24 to play.
“It was a great defensive playoff game,” said Vaquero coach Sandrine Krul. “Nobody watching would have known we were a No. 15 seed.”
Sophomore guard Nanice Kollee led SBCC with 16 points and four assists off the bench. Berry had six points, eight rebounds and four steals while Janelle Wong contributed six points and six rebounds.
The Vaquero starters made just 6-33 from the field (18.1 percent) and the team was 3-23 on 3-pointers. Lyndsay Bergus, SBCC’s third-leading scorer, missed the game with an ankle injury.
Darshae Burnside, a 6-2 freshman, had 12 points, 26 rebounds and six blocks for the Wolverines (27-2), who had their own troubles shooting (27 percent). San Bernardino, which beat the Vaqueros 80-56 on Nov. 20, was held 20 points below its season average.
“I’m proud of this group,” said Krul, who’s led her team to six straight playoff appearances. “They did a great job of playing through adversity.”
Wednesday, Feb. 23 -- Southern Cal Regional: L.A. Trade Tech at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC 77, Trade Tech 59 Record: 21-10
‘Killer B’s’ key playoff victory, 77-59
Bealer, Berry combine for 30 points and 12 steals
Imelda Bealer and Brooke Berry combined for 30 points, 18 rebounds and 12 steals on Wednesday night as SBCC opened the Southern
Cal Regional women’s basketball playoffs with a 77-59 victory over L.A. Trade Tech.
Bealer scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half. The 5-6 sophomore guard hit 6-9 from the field and had six rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Berry, a 5-2 freshman from Carlsbad, nearly had a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight steals.
The Vaqueros (21-10) won their fourth straight game and earned a second-round date at No. 2 seed San Bernardino Valley on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Wolverines beat the Vaqueros 80-56 on Nov. 20 in the championship of SBCC’s MTXE Tournament.
Berry tied her career high in rebounds on a night when the Vaqueros won the board battle 52-37. SBCC had a whopping 25 offensive rebounds, led by Berry with six. Her eight steals are a new career best.
Berry picked up her fourth foul with 17:51 to play and her team leading 42-31.
“I had Brooke’s back,“ said Bealer, who was named first-team All-WSC North earlier in the week. “She had four fouls and I had to step it up as a sophomore. It‘s like we‘re competing for steals -- when she gets one, I have to get one.”
Berry sat out for 6½ minutes and shortly after she returned, SBCC went on a 16-7 run to take extend the margin to 64-47. Bealer started the run with a 3-pointer and had six points in the outburst as did Lyndsay Bergus.
Janelle Wong hit 3-of-5 from downtown and scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half as the 15th-seeded Vaqueros built a 38-28 lead. Berry’s 12-foot jumper ignited a 12-0 run that boosted the lead to 33-20 with 3:50 left in the opening half.
Jennifer Jimenez had 12 points and six rebounds for the Vaqueros, who played without guard Nanice Kollee (flu), the No. 3 scorer at 9.4 points. Mercedes Gonzalez had eight rebounds off the bench.
“We’re getting back to the way we played in November and December,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “We had a few people who were sick tonight and everyone played hard. We just need to tighten up our defense on the drives.”
Saturday, Feb. 19 -- SBCC at Cuesta, 7 p.m. SBCC 70, Cuesta 51 Records: 20-10, 7-5
Wong nets career-high 19 in 70-51 win
Third straight victory vaults Vaqueros into playoffs
Janelle Wong drained four 3-pointers in the first eight minutes and scored a career-high 19 points Saturday night as SBCC
beat Cuesta 70-51 in its regular-season women’s basketball finale at San Luis Obispo.
The Vaqueros (20-10, 7-5 WSC North) won their third straight to make the 18-team Southern Cal Regional for the sixth straight year. They’ll be seeded 16th or 17th. If they’re No. 16, they’ll be at home against L.A. Trade Tech on Wednesday at 7 p.m. If they’re No. 17, they’ll travel to Chaffey in Rancho Cucamonga.
The playoff pairings will be announced on Monday.
SBCC built an 18-5 lead out of the gate and piled up 10 3-pointers (in 27 attempts) for the second straight game. Cuesta shot 28 percent and missed all 14 of its 3-point tries.
Wong made 5-of-11 field goals, including 4-10 from 3-point land. She was a perfect 5-5 on free throws in the second half when her team converted 17-22.
Imelda Bealer added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Vaqueros, who hit 8-18 from long range in the first half while building a 37-19 advantage. Nanice Kollee hit two treys and scored eight points on a night when six different Vaqueros made triples.
“We’re playing with a lot of confidence,” said coach Sandrine Krul, who’s guided her team to four 20-win seasons in the last six years. “We did a great job of pulling together after losing three straight. I’m really proud of this group.”
Wednesday, Feb. 16 -- Hancock at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC 86, Hancock 60 Records: 19-10, 6-5
SBCC goes deep to beat Hancock
Vaqueros hit 10 treys; Amenta scores 19
SBCC turned in one of its best games of the conference season on Wednesday night, draining 10-of-30 from 3-point land in
an 86-60 triumph over Hancock.
Freshman Brooke Amenta scored 13 of her 19 points in the second half, when the Vaqueros outscored the visitors 48-33. Janelle Wong nailed 5-12 from long distance and scored 15 points while Lyndsay Bergus had 14.
Amenta, Wong and Bergus all had five rebounds. Imelda Bealer (9 boards) and Brooke Berry (7) helped SBCC to a 49-29 advantage in rebounds.
The Vaqueros (19-10, 6-5 WSC North) broke open a tight game with a 16-2 run midway through the first half. A layup by Nanice Kollee (11 points, 3 steals) and a reverse layup by Amenta stretched the margin to 31-14 with 5:33 to go before halftime.
“We put in two plays to open up our shooting and that gave us confidence,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “Tonight felt really good and we haven’t felt like that in a long time. I was just happy they were playing hard and rebounding really well.”
Camille Zumbro had 25 points for Hancock (9-16, 3-8).
The Bulldogs got within 10 with just under 11 minutes to play before the Vaqueros put together another 16-2 burst. A follow shot by Kollee gave the home team a comfortable 75-51 advantage with seven minutes to play.
SBCC hit 33 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to 21 percent. They outscored them 30-9 from 3-point country.
The Vaqueros finish up WSC play on Saturday with a 5 p.m. game at Cuesta. Krul says a victory would vault her team into the playoffs for a sixth straight year. It would also give Krul her fourth 20-win season in the last six years.
Saturday, Feb. 12 -- Oxnard at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC 65, Oxnard 52 Records: 18-10, 5-5
Bealer does it all in 65-52 win
She helps Vaqueros snap 3-game slide
Sophomore guard Imelda Bealer had 13 points and nine rebounds Saturday night and SBCC used stellar defense to defeat Oxnard
65-52 in a women’s basketball game at the Sports Pavilion.
Bealer also had five assists, six steals and three blocked shots for the Vaqueros (18-10, 5-5 WSC North), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Lyndsay Bergus scored 10 points with six rebounds and five assists while Jennifer Jimenez had 10 points and five boards. Brooke Berry, a 5-foot-2 dynamo, collected eight points and nine boards.
Nanice Kollee scored seven straight points to give Santa Barbara led 22-10 after eight minutes. Oxnard (5-16, 0-10), which pulled within 29-24 at halftime, made just 3-of-14 free throws in the first 20 minutes.
The Vaqueros made 30 percent from the field while holding the Condors to 32 percent. SBCC converted just 2-16 from long range in the first half.
“We’re passing the ball well but our shooters have to start making shots,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “We played so well in spurts, we just have to put 40 minutes together.”
Oxnard cut an 11-point deficit to six (53-47) with 4:08 to play but SBCC regained control on a layup by Jimenez and a 3-pointer from Leslie Steele. The Vaqueros nailed 11 of 14 from the charity stripe in the second half.
Krul feels her team has a good shot at making the playoffs for a sixth straight year if they can beat Hancock (Wed. at home, 7 p.m.) and Cuesta in their final two games.
Wednesday, Feb. 9 -- SBCC at Ventura, 7 p.m. Ventura 67, SBCC 53 Records: 17-10, 4-5
No. 14 Ventura shoots down Vaqueros
Pirates hit 8-of-11 on second-half 3-pointers
Ventura got hot in the second half on Wednesday by canning 8-11 from 3-point land en route to a 67-53 women’s basketball victory
over SBCC in Ventura.
The Pirates, ranked 14th in the state, improved to 21-6 overall and 10-0 in the WSC North. Brooke Amenta and Michelle Herrera (3-4 on treys) led the Vaqueros (17-10, 4-5) with 10 points apiece.
SBCC, which trailed 26-22 at intermission, converted just 25 percent from the field in the second half and shot 26 percent (15-58) for the game. Ventura made 46 percent in the second half when it outscored the visitors 41-31.
Brooke Berry collected eight points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Vaqueros, who won the rebound battle 45-34 but had six more turnovers (25-19). Janelle Wong added nine points on three 3-pointers.
“We played a really good first half and didn’t defend the 3 in the second,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “It’s frustrating that we can’t put two good halves together.”
SBCC takes on Oxnard on Saturday in a home game at 7 p.m. The Vaqueros’ final home appearance of the regular season will be Wednesday against Hancock.
Saturday, Feb. 5 -- SBCC at L.A. Pierce, 7 p.m. Pierce 83, SBCC 82 Records: 17-9, 4-4
Buzzer beater sinks Vaqueros
Gonzalez ties career high with 16 in 83-82 setback
Monica Jackson tossed in a 3-point shot from just inside halfcourt to beat the buzzer Saturday night and lift L.A. Pierce
to an 83-82 win over SBCC.
Jackson, the leading scorer in the WSC at 27.3 per game, scored 25 of her 36 points in the first half when the Brahmas (16-9, 6-3) took a 46-38 lead. Jackson also had 12 turnovers in the game, thanks to the defense of Imelda Bealer.
Freshman Mercedes Gonzalez tied her career high with 16 points and had a season-best 11 rebounds for the Vaqueros (17-9, 4-4), who erased a 12-point deficit with three minutes to play. Lyndsay Bergus hit 3-6 from 3-point range and added 13 points while Janelle Wong had 12.
Bergus hit back-to-back triples to give the Vaqueros an 82-80 lead with 45 seconds to play. Nanice Kollee was fouled with five seconds left but missed both free throws.
Bealer, a 5-6 sophomore guard, had an amazing game with nine points, nine rebounds, eight assists, seven blocked shots and five steals. For good measure, she also took two charges.
“We competed every possession and you can’t be upset with a loss like this,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “Monica Jackson just made a great shot.”
SBCC travels to first-place Ventura on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.
Saturday, Jan. 29 -- Moorpark at SBCC, 7 p.m. Moorpark 76, SBCC 68 Records: 17-8, 4-3
Moorpark shoots down Vaqueros
Raiders hit 10-14 from long range in 76-68 win
Moorpark used hot shooting from the 3-point line and a 17-4 run to end the first half to beat SBCC 76-68 on Saturday night
in a women’s basketball game at the Sports Pavilion.
The Raiders (14-7, 5-2 WSC North) hit 10-of-14 from long range, including 7-11 in the opening half when they scored the final 11 points in the last 1:41 to take a 46-35 lead.
SBCC (17-8, 4-3) led 10-4 and 19-12 in the first nine minutes before the visitors got hot.
Sidney Dobner scored 15 of her 23 points in the second half for Moorpark while Ashley Samson hit six triples on her way to 20 points.
“We executed our game plan for the first 12 minutes and after that, our players decided to do it their own way and let them go on a 17-4 run,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “We have a lot of soul searching to do.”
Brooke Amenta tallied 22 points on 8-13 shooting in her first game back from injury for the Vaqueros (17-8, 4-3). Brooke Berry had 11 points, eight rebounds and seven steals while Janelle Wong contributed nine points and five boards.
Imelda Bealer had eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Vaqueros, who pulled within six points (52-46) on a short jumper by Berry and two free throws by Amenta with 13:43 to play.
The Raiders regained control with a 15-6 burst that included a trio of 3-pointers.
SBCC has a bye on Wednesday, then travels to L.A. Pierce on Saturday.
Wednesday, Jan. 26 -- Cuesta at SBCC, 7 p.m. SBCC 83, Cuesta 70 Records: 17-7, 4-2
Wong hits five treys in 83-70 win
Bergus also scores 15 in third straight victory
Janelle Wong nailed three straight 3-pointers to open the game Wednesday and finished with 15 points to guide SBCC past Cuesta
83-70 in a WSC North game at the Sports Pavilion.
Wong, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, drained 5-11 from downtown on a night when the Vaqueros (17-7, 4-2) hit 11-31 from long distance and outscored the visitors 33-6 from beyond the arc.
SBCC closed the first half on an 11-4 run and took a 37-27 lead into the locker room.
Lyndsay Bergus scored 13 of her 15 points in the second half when her team knocked down 6-13 from 3-point land. Bergus was perfect in the second half, making four field goals (including 3-3 from downtown) and both her free throws.
Nanice Kollee had 13 points and Imelda Bealer had her usual all-around game with eight points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.
Fourteen Vaqueros played and 11 got into the scoring column.
“We didn’t press until later in the first half and that made a difference,” said coach Sandrine Krul, whose team has won three straight and six of its last eight. “We have a team of wonderful shooters and our shots look so beautiful when they go in but then we are horrible when they don’t. It’s like feast or famine.”
Cuesta closed an 11-point deficit to three at 53-50 before the Vaqueros put the game away with a 24-7 burst, ignited by a follow shot by Jennifer Jimenez and a steal and layin by Kollee. Bergus then scored seven straight points and Wong added a triple to cap a 14-3 run that boosted the lead to 67-53.
Santa Barbara enjoyed a 20-point lead (77-57) after back-to-back driving layups by Bealer and Kollee with 4:15 remaining.
The Vaqueros are tied for second in the WSC North with Moorpark. They’ll host the Raiders on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22 -- SBCC at Hancock, 7 p.m. SBCC 83, Hancock 68 Records: 16-7, 3-2
Kollee nets season-high 25 points
Nanice Kollee poured in a season-high 25 points Saturday night and SBCC used a big first half to down Hancock 83-68 in a
WSC North women’s basketball game at Santa Maria. Kollee, a sophomore guard, tallied 15 in the first half as her team built a 47-28 lead. She hit 10-of-14 for the game, including
2-3 from 3-point country, and also had six rebounds and five assists.
Kollee, whose previous high was 21, eclipsed her season average by nearly 16 points.
The Vaqueros (16-7, 3-2) dominated the boards 50-28, including 23 on the offensive end.
Leslie Steele hit a trio of treys en route to 12 points and Lyndsay Bergus added 11 points and six rebounds..
Imelda Bealer collected seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in the Vaqueros’ second straight win and fifth in seven games. Brooke Berry had seven points and eight rebounds (five offensive) while Janelle Wong scored eight and grabbed five boards.
Mercedes Gonzalez contributed six points, six rebounds and four of her team’s 19 steals. The Vaqueros played without leading scorer Brooke Amenta and Jennifer Jimenez.
SBCC plays host to Cuesta on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 19 -- SBCC at Oxnard, 7 p.m. SBCC 55, Oxnard 44 Records: 15-7, 2-2
Bealer has nine steals in 55-44 win
Imelda Bealer recorded nine steals to go along with a team-high 15 points Wednesday night in SBCC’s 55-44 victory at Oxnard.
Bealer, a 5-6 guard from Fairfax High in Los Angeles, hit 7-of-11 from the field and also handed out four assists. The Vaqueros improved to 15-7 overall and 2-2 in the WSC North.
Santa Barbara coach Sandrine Krul shuffled her starting lineup, inserting Brooke Berry and Mercedes Gonzalez. Berry finished with nine points, five rebounds and four of her team’s 21 steals. Gonzalez grabbed five rebounds for SBCC, which tied its defensive season low by allowing just 44 points..
The Vaqueros held Oxnard (5-10, 0-4) to 18 percent shooting in the first half while building a 29-17 lead. They stretched the margin to 24 points with six minutes to play.
SBCC travels to Hancock on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game.
Saturday, Jan. 15 -- Ventura at SBCC, 7 p.m. #18 Ventura 67, #20 SBCC 50 Records: 14-7, 1-2
Vaqueros go cold in loss to Ventura
They make just 4-38 from downtown in 67-50 setback
It’s tough to win a basketball game when shots aren’t falling.
SBCC’s women confirmed that theory on Saturday in a 67-50 WSC North setback to Ventura at the Sports Pavilion. The 18th-ranked Pirates ( 15-6, 4-0) made 43 percent from the field while the 20th-ranked Vaqueros (14-7, 1-2) struggled at 24 percent.
The home team tried 38 3-point shots and hit the net just four times (11 percent). After trailing 31-28 at intermission, the Vaqueros got outscored 36-22 in the final 20 minutes, thanks to 8-42 shooting, including 2-23 on long-range attempts.
“We lost this game because we couldn’t hit wide-open shots,” said coach Sandrine Krul, whose team beat Ventura 61-58 on Dec. 3. “I’m not upset at our effort.”
Mercedes Gonzalez came off the bench to scored 12 of her season-high 16 points in the first half. She also had 10 rebounds. Nanice Kollee added 12 points but made only 5-18 from the field.
“Everything was on point but our shots weren’t falling,” said Kollee, a 5-5 sophomore from Thousand Oaks. “And we didn’t fly in and get the rebound and try to put it up again. It was just one of those nights.”
Imelda Bealer had eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals but misfired on eight of nine shots.
Ventura led by 13 early in the second half and SBCC got within five (43-38) after an 8-0 run that featured triples by Kollee and Janelle Wong. The Pirates answered with an 8-2 burst and were never threatened the rest of the way.
The Vaqueros made just 4-12 from the free-throw line in the second half and missed the front end of three 1-and-1 opportunities.
SBCC travels to Oxnard on Wednesday and Hancock on Saturday. Both games start at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 12 -- L.A. Pierce at SBCC, 7 p.m. #20 SBCC 76, L.A. Pierce 71 Records: 14-6, 1-1
Bealer, Berry ignite Vaquero rally
Guards produce 37 points, 23 rebounds in 76-71 win
Imelda Bealer and Brooke Berry aren’t imposing figures but the little guards came up huge Wednesday night in SBCC’s come-from-behind 76-71 women’s basketball victory over L.A. Pierce.
Bealer, a 5-6 sophomore, had a career-high 25 points, 11 rebounds and five steals while Berry, a 5-2 freshman, was all over the court while playing the last 15 minutes without a break at the Sports Pavilion.
Berry finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds (eight offensive) and five steals as the 20th-ranked Vaqueros (14-6, 1-1) overcame an eight-point deficit with 3:32 to play to earn their first WSC North win.
“I just love to play,” said Berry. “We lost our first league game and I did not want to lose the second one. Getting those rebounds is all about timing and wanting the ball.”
SBCC fell behind 22-8 in the first 10 minutes and trailed 36-27 at intermission.
The Vaqueros won despite getting outshot 44 to 28 percent and making just 4-of-25 from 3-point country. Pierce was worse, converting only 1-17 from downtown. Santa Barbara enjoyed a big advantage at the free-throw line, making 24-of-41 compared to 14-17 for the Brahmas.
“Brooke and Imelda really carried us tonight,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “We didn’t have Brooke Amenta (their leading scorer), so it’s nice to see other people step up.”
The Vaqueros were down 67-59 with 3:32 remaining when Bealer made a layup to ignite an 8-0 game-tying run. Bealer scored seven of those points, capped by a three-point play on a baseline drive that tied it at 67 with 1:40 remaining.
Janelle Wong scored 18 points and nailed 3-of-6 from long range, including a triple with 1:03 to play that put SBCC ahead 71-69. Jackelinne Molina tied it with two free throws for the Brahmas (12-7, 2-1).
After a Vaquero miss, Berry caused a Pierce player to travel at midcourt with 27.4 showing. Berry drove for a layup with 16 seconds left that put her team ahead to stay at 73-71.
“Brooke is non-stop energy,“ said Krul. “That’s why we call her ‘The Energizer Bunny.’ “
Five players fouled out for Pierce and the visitors played the final 12.2 seconds with four players.
Bealer missed two free throws at the 12.2-second mark but Jennifer Jimenez (nine points, eight rebounds) grabbed the rebound and hit a free throw to make it 74-71. She missed the second try and Bealer got another offensive board, then nailed two free throws for the final margin.
SBCC will host defending state champion Ventura (14-6, 3-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 -- WSC opener: SBCC at Moorpark, 7 p.m. Moorpark 78, #19 SBCC 66 Records: 13-6, 0-1
Poor shooting sinks Vaqueros
Amenta scores 24 in WSC-opening loss at Moorpark
SBCC couldn’t keep up with Moorpark in the second half Wednesday night and dropped a 78-66 women’s basketball decision on the road in its WSC North opener.
Freshman Brooke Amenta had a season-high 24 points and five rebounds for the 19th-ranked Vaqueros (13-6, 0-1) while Lyndsay Bergus had 15 points and seven boards. Amenta hit 9-15 from the field but the rest of the team struggled at 23.5 percent (12-51).
Coach Sandrine Krul was impressed with the effort of Amenta, who took a charge with five seconds to play and suffered a concussion. Krul said the 5-10 forward is expected to miss a week.
The Raiders (10-5, 1-0) avenged a 64-49 loss to the Vaqueros (13-6, 0-1) on Dec. 12 in the championship of the Moorpark Classic. After trailing 35-33 at the half, Moorpark outscored the visitors 45-31 in the final 20 minutes, thanks to a decisive advantage in field-goal shooting (50 to 30 percent).
“In every loss, good will come out of it,” said Krul, who coached at Moorpark prior to coming to SBCC in 2004-05. “We’re good when we rebound and play defense but we didn’t do either today.”
SBCC was outrebounded 40-35 and the 78 points allowed were the third-highest of the season.
The Vaqueros have a bye on Saturday, then host L.A. Pierce (Wed.) and Ventura (Jan. 15) in the Sports Pavilion.
Thursday, Dec. 30 -- Grossmont Holiday Tournament: Consolation final, SBCC vs. Santa Ana, 1 p.m. #15 SBCC 60, Santa Ana 47 Record: 13-5
Bergus leads Vaqueros to consolation crown
All-tourney choice scores 17 in 60-47 victory
Lyndsay Bergus scored 17 points on Thursday afternoon, guiding SBCC to a 60-47 victory over Santa Ana in the consolation final
of the Grossmont Holiday Tournament in El Cajon.
The 15th-ranked Vaqueros outrebounded the Dons 40-30. Santa Barbara won six of its last seven to finish the nonconference slate with a 13-5 record.
Bergus, a sophomore guard from Simi Valley, averaged 16 points in three games to earn all-tournament honors. She tallied 11 in the first half and SBCC forced 14 turnovers while building a 37-24 lead. The Vaqueros had 16 steals, led by Imelda Bealer (4) and Nanice Kollee (3).
Kollee, Janelle Wong and Brooke Amenta collected nine points apiece while Mercedes Gonzalez had seven points and seven rebounds off the bench. The 5-foot-6 Bealer had six rebounds, Wong and Amenta grabbed five and Jennifer Jimenez had five, including four offensive.
SBCC has won trophies in its last three tournaments, taking third at the 16-team Sequoias Invitational, first in the Moorpark Classic and the consolation crown at Grossmont.
“It was a good week, especially the way we bounced back after losing on Tuesday,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “Everyone’s playing well right now. We’re 13-5 going into conference and I’m really excited about our progress.”
The Vaqueros open WSC North play on Wednesday at Moorpark with tip time set for 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 29 -- Grossmont Holiday Tournament: SBCC vs. Reedley, 1 p.m. #15 SBCC 92, Reedley 70 Record: 12-5
Vaqueros go deep for school record
They hit 15 3-pointers in 92-70 win over Reedley
SBCC went 3-crazy on Wednesday and broke a pair of school records in a 92-70 women’s basketball victory over Reedley at the
Grossmont Holiday Tournament. The Vaqueros, ranked 15th in the state, drained 15-of-47 from long range to set new school marks
for 3-pointers made and attempted.
Santa Barbara (12-5) shattered its season-high scoring mark by 16. The Vaqueros attempted 30 more shots than their opponent, making 33-of-78 for 42 percent. They also had a season-best 26 assists.
Freshman Lyndsay Bergus scored 15 of her season-high 21 points in the second half and canned 5-of-9 from beyond the 19-foot, 9-inch arc. Brooke Amenta scored 19 points off the bench and Nanice Kollee had 15 points (including three treys), five rebounds and five assists.
Imelda Bealer added seven points, five assists and four steals for the Vaqueros, who outscored the Tigers 45-12 from 3-point country. Janelle Wong had eight points, five rebounds and five assists while Mercedes Gonzalez collected seven points and seven boards.
SBCC hit 9-27 from downtown in the opening half to build a 42-32 lead.
“We played a lot harder and a lot smarter (than they did in Tuesday’s loss),” said coach Sandrine Krul. “We created a lot of steals with our press.”
The Vaqueros will battle Santa Ana for the consolation title on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 28 -- 23rd annual Grossmont Holiday Tournament: SBCC vs. Mt. San Jacinto, 7 p.m. Mt. San Jacinto 76, #15 SBCC 61 Record: 11-5
Loss leaves Vaqueros in foul mood
Kollee nets season-high 20 in 76-61 setback
Nanice Kollee scored 18 of her season-high 20 points in the first half on Tuesday night but SBCC couldn’t overcome a huge
disparity in free throws in the opening round of the Grossmont Tournament at El Cajon.
Mt. San Jacinto made 30-of-45 from the charity stripe in a 76-61 victory that snapped the Vaqueros’ four-game win streak. SBCC, ranked No. 15 in the state and No. 10 in Southern Cal, hit 30 percent from the field and 8-15 from the foul line.
The Eagles (10-4), who led 29-23 at halftime, outrebounded the Vaqueros (11-5) by a decisive 60-34 margin. SBCC has lost the board battle in all five of its defeats.
“Even with them getting 30 more free throws, it was still a 5- or 6-point game with six minutes to play,” noted coach Sandrine Krul. “They were more athletic. We’d be boxing them out and the refs would call a foul on us.”
Imelda Bealer scored 11 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals before fouling out. Lyndsay Bergus had 10 points and four assists and Janelle Wong added eight points and eight rebounds.
The Vaqueros will take on Reedley in a consolation semifinal at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Sunday, Dec. 12 -- Moorpark Classic, final: SBCC vs. Moorpark, 4 p.m. #18 SBCC 64, Moorpark 49 Record: 11-4
Vaqueros claim Moorpark title
Wong named MVP after 64-49 win
Balance and boards were the difference on Sunday as SBCC downed Moorpark 64-49 to capture the title of the Moorpark Classic.
Five players scored between eight and 12 points and the Vaqueros won the rebound battle 49-31 in the clash between WSC North
Santa Barbara (11-4), ranked 11th in Southern California and 18th in the state, extended its season-high win streak to four games. They’ve won those four by an average of 17 points. It's also the fourth time that SBCC has held an opponent to 49 points or less.
Moorpark, ranked 15th in Southern Cal, fell to 7-2.
Janelle Wong, a sophomore from Dos Pueblos High, was named MVP after scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Wong, who had 16 points and four 3-pointers in the semifinals, hit four more triples, including three straight during a crucial run with six minutes to play.
Sophomore guard Lyndsay Bergus also earned a spot on the all-tournament team.
Brooke Amenta added 11 points and nine rebounds for SBCC while Brooke Berry had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Mercedes Gonzalez chipped in with eight points and six boards and Imelda Bealer racked up five points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks.
Nanice Kollee, a transfer from Moorpark College, scored eight of her 10 points in the first half when the Vaqueros grabbed a 27-23 lead.
The visitors only hit 28.1 percent from the field but made up for it at the free-throw line where they were 21-of-27. The Raiders shot 31.4 percent and struggled from the foul line, making just 12-22.
“I’m excited that we finally won a title,” said SBCC coach Sandrine Krul, whose team finished fourth, second and third in its first three tournaments. “Moving Janelle to point guard has really helped our offense. That allows Lyndsay to play in the post and she’s a real beast for a 5-7 player.”
The last two days were especially sweet for Krul, a former All-State player at L.A. Valley. The Vaqueros downed Valley 76-59 in the semifinals, then knocked off Moorpark, where Krul coached before coming to SBCC.
Santa Barbara will take two weeks off before opening play in the Grossmont Tournament on Dec. 28 against Mt. San Jacinto.
Saturday, Dec. 11 -- Moorpark Classic, semifinal: SBCC vs. L.A. Valley, 4 p.m. #18 SBCC 76, L.A. Valley 59 Record: 10-4
They combine for 36 in 76-59 win over L.A. Valley
Brooke Amenta scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half on Saturday as SBCC rolled past L.A. Valley 76-59 and into the championship game of the Moorpark Classic.
Janelle Wong added 16 points on 4-6 shooting from the 3-point line. Lyndsay Bergus had eight of her 10 points in the first half when the Vaqueros opened a 39-24 lead thanks to 43.8-percent shooting and just six turnovers.
The Vaqueros (10-4), ranked No. 11 in Southern Cal and 18th in the state, have won three straight and six of their last seven. They’ll meet WSC North rival Moorpark for the title on Sunday at 4 p.m.
“We came out strong,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “It was 14-9 for a while and the next thing I know, we’re up 25-11.”
Imelda Bealer had six points, six rebounds, eight assists and five of her team’s 19 steals. Jennifer Jimenez contributed eight points and four rebounds while Brooke Berry had six points, five rebounds and four steals.
SBCC shot 40 percent from downtown (8-20) and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line. The Monarchs, who committed 31 turnovers, were 3-15 from long range and just 10-21 at the charity stripe.
Friday, Dec. 10 -- Moorpark Classic: SBCC vs. Imperial Valley, 1 p.m. #18 SBCC 74, Imperial Valley 58 Record: 9-4
Vaqueros get it done on defense
They force 38 turnovers in 74-58 victory
After a slow start on Friday, SBCC put on its full-court press and that was lights out for Imperial Valley in a 74-58 victory in the first round of the Moorpark Tournament.
The Vaqueros (9-4), ranked 18th in the state, forced 38 turnovers on the way to their fifth win in six games. They advanced to Saturday’s 4 p.m. semifinal against L.A. Valley, a team they beat by 20 points last Sunday.
SBCC had five players score between 11 and 13 points, led by Lyndsay Bergus with 13 points and six rebounds. She scored all her points in the first half when the Vaqueros caused 23 turnovers and built a 37-22 lead.
Leslie Steele hit four 3-pointers in the second half for her 12 points, Brooke Amenta had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Mercedes Gonzalez added 12 points and eight boards.
Janelle Wong had 11 points and Imelda Bealer had her usual all-around game with seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Brooke Berry had six of her team’s 22 steals.
“We have 14 players and anyone can step in and get the job done,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “I love this team because they all believe in our system.”
Sunday, Dec. 5 -- Sequoias Invitational, Third-place game: SBCC vs. L.A. Valley, 2 p.m. SBCC 74, L.A. Valley 54 Record: 8-4
Vaqueros shoot past Valley for third
Wong, Berry named all-tourney after 74-54 rout
With two starters out of the lineup, SBCC used a balanced attack and hot first-half shooting to cruise past L.A. Valley 74-54 on Sunday and claim third place in the Sequoias Tom Gilchrist Invitational at Visalia.
The Vaqueros (8-4) sank 17-of-38 (44.8 percent) from the field and nine 3-pointers while building a 46-21 halftime lead. Nanice Kollee scored all 10 of her points in the first half and finished with seven assists.
Valley, ranked No. 15 in Southern Cal, fell to 6-3.
Sophomores Imelda Bealer and 6-3 Leigh Cullinan didn’t play for Santa Barbara but the Vaqueros didn’t miss a beat as they outrebounded the Monarchs 38-29.
“Anyone can step in and play, it doesn’t matter if you’re a starter or a sub,” noted coach Sandrine Krul. “We beat two ranked teams and had our best finish here in my seven years. I’m very happy.”
Six players scored between eight and 13 points, led by Lyndsay Bergus (13 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and Leslie Steele (12 points, 4 rebounds). Steele hit 3-4 from downtown in the opening half and Kollee and Bergus added two triples apiece.
Brooke Amenta had nine points, four rebounds and four steals and Brooke Berry contributed eight points, six rebounds (five offensive) and seven steals. Berry and Janelle Wong (8 points, 4 rebounds) were named to the all-tourney team in the 16-team tournament.
SBCC went 3-1 in the four-day event.
The Vaqueros open play in the Moorpark Tournament on Friday against Imperial Valley.
Saturday, Dec. 4 -- Sequoias Invitational: Semifinal, SBCC vs. Cerritos, 6 p.m. #14 Cerritos 64, SBCC 52 Record: 7-4
Cerritos pulls away in second half
With Bealer sidelined, Vaqueros fall in semifinal
Cerritos dominated the boards in the final 20 minutes on Saturday night during a 64-52 women’s basketball victory over SBCC in the championship semifinals of the Sequoias Tom Gilchrist Invitational.
The Falcons (6-2), ranked 14th in the state, won the rebound battle 47-34, thanks to a 27-15 edge in the second half.
The Vaqueros (7-4) were without the services of versatile guard Imelda Bealer, who missed the contest with a shoulder injury.
SBCC got within two (52-50) with two minutes to go after Leslie Steele nailed three straight 3-pointers. Cerritos missed a free throw, got the offensive rebound and banked in a 3-pointer to beat the shot-clock buzzer.
Brooke Amenta had 11 points and five rebounds while Janelle Wong had 10 points and seven assists for the Vaqueros, who had their three-game win streak snapped.
Nanice Kollee had nine points and four assists for SBCC, which trailed 27-24 at intermission. Brooke Berry collected six rebounds, four assists and six steals.
The Vaqueros will take on L.A. Valley in Sunday’s third-place game at 2 p.m. in Visalia.
Friday, Dec. 3 -- Sequoias Invitational: Quarterfinal, SBCC vs. Ventura, 4 p.m. SBCC 61, #10 Ventura 58 Record: 7-3
Vaqueros stun No. 10 Ventura
Wong has 13 points, key rebound in 61-58 triumph
It was a tale of two halves on Thursday afternoon as SBCC built a 21-point halftime lead, then hung on to upset 10th-ranked
Ventura 61-58 in the quarterfinals of the Sequoias Invitational in Visalia.
Janelle Wong scored 11 of her 13 points in the first half as the Vaqueros (7-3) jumped out to a 41-20 lead thanks to 43.8 percent shooting and eight 3-pointers in 17 attempts.
“We grew up so much in the second half,” said coach Sandrine Krul, whose team beat the 20-time defending WSC champion Pirates for the third time in her seven seasons. “You knew Ventura would come back.”
Ventura (5-3), the defending state champion, is 213-5 over the last 20 years in WSC play.
“Our team really believes in our system of shuffling players in and out,” Krul added. “I’ve never had a team that believes in itself as much as this one.”
Wong hit 3-8 from downtown in the opening half and finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Brooke Amenta had 13 points, seven boards and three assists while Brooke Berry added eight points and nine rebounds.
The Pirates outshot the Vaqueros 42 to 19.4 percent after intermission and pulled within one with 8.4 seconds left. SBCC‘s Jennifer Jimenez made her first free throw and missed the second to give the Vaqueros a 60-58 advantage.
“Then Janelle comes flying in and grabs that huge rebound,” said Krul.
Nanice Kollee was fouled with 6.4 seconds to go and made one of two attempts. Ventura called timeout to set up a play but SBCC came out in a full-court press and the Pirates missed a half-court try.
Imelda Bealer scored seven first-half points, then left with a shoulder injury with four minutes to play.
The Vaqueros will meet Cerritos at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the semifinals of the 16-team tourney.
Saturday, Nov. 20 -- MTXE Tournament, championship: No. 5 San Bernardino Valley at SBCC, 3 p.m.
Turnovers hurt Vaqueros in MTXE final
San Bernardino Valley prevails 80-56
San Bernardino Valley built a 46-25 halftime lead on Saturday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion and went on to defeat SBCC
80-56 for the championship of the fourth annual MTXE Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Wolverines, ranked No. 5 in Southern Cal, shot 43 percent and outrebounded the Vaqueros 52-36 to improve to 5-1.
Brooke Amenta led SBCC (4-3) with 17 points and Imelda Bealer added eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Santa Barbara hit just 27 percent and committed a season-high 37 turnovers.
“You can’t turn it over against good teams,” said coach Sandrine Krul. “They’re going to capitalize. But this was a good learning experience and we played hard the whole game.”
Bealer was named to the all-tournament team along with Ariel Meek of Grossmont, Amanda Deal of Orange Coast and tourney MVP Paige Haynes of San Bernardino Valley.
Orange Coast topped Riverside 63-54 for third place and Grossmont beat Solano in the consolation final, 80-63.
Nanice Kollee had eight points, six rebounds and four assists for the Vaqueros, who trimmed the deficit to 11 points with two minutes to go before committing seven straight turnovers.