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Vaqueros drop close one to Glendale, 65-61

Freshman Paige Nealy scored all 16 of her points in the second half. (Photo by Kay Phosakham)
Freshman Paige Nealy scored all 16 of her points in the second half. (Photo by Kay Phosakham)

Andrea Morales tossed in 17 points on Friday night and Paige Nealy had all 16 of her points in the second half but it wasn't enough as SBCC dropped a 65-61 decision to Glendale in the consolation quarterfinals of the Gilcrest Invitational at Sequoias.

Morales scored 12 in the opening half when Santa Barbara (2-6) took a 29-28 lead.

Nealy, a 6-1 freshman center from Santa Clarita, hit 6-8 from the field in the second half and 4-6 from the charity stripe. She also grabbed four rebounds in the second half. Stella Dulay added 15 points, including 2-3 from the 3-point line.

Darla Morales contributed eight points, eight rebounds and five assists. Victoria Jackson grabbed eight boards and handed out four assists.

"It was a close game all night," said coach Sandrine Krul. "When you have players crying after the game, that says a lot about them. They care so much and they give maximum effort. I love coaching this group and I know we're going to get better."

The Vaqueros took their biggest lead at 38-32 with 16:19 to play. Glendale (2-5) responded with a 13-0 run that produced a seven-point advantage, 45-38. SBCC chipped away and tied the game at 58 with 1:12 remaining, thanks to six straight points by Nealy.

Glendale reeled off five straight points and Santa Barbara got within two on a triple by Dulay with 0:23 showing before Glendale sealed it with two free throws.

The Vaqueros will open play in the Lady Bulldog Classic at Hancock on Thursday with a 3 p.m. game against Barstow.