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Righetti holds off Moreno, Matadors

Jennifer Moreno and Jerzey Edmonds, of Mount Miguel, against Righetti High on Thursday. / photo by Len Wood

Mount Miguel and Righetti in a SoCal Regional quarterfinal on Thursday. / photo by Len Wood

2020 EAST COUNTY PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL

CIF SOCAL DIVISION III REGIONAL QUARTERFINAL

RIGHETTI 68, MOUNT MIGUEL 63 (OT) 

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

SANTA MARIA – Mount Miguel freshman point guard Jennifer Moreno scored 32 points, making nearly every shot she attempted, until finally missing a potential game-tying three in overtime against host Righetti on Thursday in the CIF SoCal Division 3 Regional quarterfinals.

Jennifer Moreno is surrounded on Thursday. / photo by Len Wood

Top-seeded Righetti held off the eighth-seeded Matadors, 68-63.

Mount Miguel, the San Diego Section Division 1 runner-up, finished 22-9.

The Matadors starters never left the court.

Righetti tied the game on a follow shot with 1:55 left in overtime.

The Warriors went ahead for good, 66-63, with an old-fashioned three-point play, making the free throw after getting fouled with 53.9 seconds left.

Mount Miguel freshman Zanna Hurst, who had 12 of her 17 points on the evening in the first half, put the Matadors ahead 59-57 when she made two free throws left with 51.8 seconds left in regulation.

The Warriors scored with 24.3 seconds left in regulation.

Hurst barely missed a potential game-winning shot inside in the final seconds of regulation.

Neither side led by more than five points, and the Matadors and Warriors matched baskets much of the evening.

The Warriors tried a box-and-one early on Moreno but that didn’t work. Moreno simply passed off to teammates for scores, and sometimes even beat the box-and-one-and scored herself.

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