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Vaqueros ride big second half to 93-53 victory

Freshman Holly Barrera hit 7-11 shots and scored a season-high 17. She's averaging 13.3 in her last four games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Freshman Holly Barrera hit 7-11 shots and scored a season-high 17. She's averaging 13.3 in her last four games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Holly Barrera scored a season-high 17 points on Thursday and Hannah Rogers recorded a double-double as SBCC dominated the second half in a 93-53 women's basketball rout of Rio Hondo at the West Hills Tournament in Lemoore.

The Vaqueros (6-4) led 34-31 at the half, then erupted for a 34-12 third-quarter surge. They closed with a 19-4 run and took a 68-43 lead into the final period. They kept it going during a 25-10 fourth quarter that produced a plus-37 advantage (59-22) in the second half.

It was the third win by 40-plus points in the last six games for the Vaqueros, who beat Copper Mountain by 45 and Imperial Valley by 51.

Barrera, a freshman guard from Dos Pueblos High, hit 7-11 from the field for the Vaqueros, who've won three straight and five of their last six. Rogers added 14 points (on 5-6 shooting) and 12 rebounds.

Aaliyah Pauling also had a double-double with 14 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Sophia Torres added 12 points and six rebounds.

The Vaqueros used all 14 players and six scored in double figures.

Jennae Mayberry tallied 10 points and four boards and Lauren Noggle had 10 points. Diamond Alexander added seven points and seven rebounds.

"We started a little rocky in the first half," noted SBCC coach Sandrine Krul. "In the second half, we did a better job of pushing the temp while staying under control. We kept taking the ball to the basket for easy points in the paint.

"We consistently hit the high-low and found ourselves up big. We had very balanced scoring and everyone contributed to a great team win."

SBCC outshot the Roadrunners 46 to 30 percent and walloped them on the boards, 57-23.

Santa Barbara will take on the host West Hills on Friday at 7 p.m. in a semifinal of the Don Wakentin Classic. Sequoias, the state's No. 2 team with a 15-0 record, will battle No. 6 Fresno City in the first semifinal at 5 p.m.