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No. 13 Ventura tops Vaqueros 64-42

Meagan Moore posted her 2nd-highest total of the season (18 points). She averaged 15 ppg in her last four games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)
Meagan Moore posted her 2nd-highest total of the season (18 points). She averaged 15 ppg in her last four games. (Photo by Ken Sciallo / Sevilla Photography)

Ventura shot 67 percent while building a 19-point halftime lead on Saturday night en route to a 64-42 women's basketball win over visiting SBCC.

The Pirates, ranked No. 13 in the state and No. 4 in Southern Cal, clinched their 28th straight WSC North title. Ventura is 23-7 and 9-1.

Meagan Moore scored 18 points on 7-14 shooting, including 4-7 from long range, for the Vaqueros, who finish the year 12-14 overall and 4-6 in conference. Moore, a freshman guard from Arlington, Texas, averaged 15.0 points in her last four games.

Ventura hit 12-18 in the first two quarters and led 36-17 at intermission. The Vaqueros were even better (77.8%) but only took nine shots (7-9).

Aaliyah Pauling added six points and eight rebounds and Morgan Giove tossed in seven points off the bench.

Moore hit a trio of 3-pointers in the third quarter when the Vaqueros cut the deficit to nine points.

"We ended the season playing hard," said coach Sandrine Krul. "Even though I don't believe in moral victories, this was a good game for Morgan. As a sophomore playing their final games, she and Hannah Rogers played their hearts out. They will be missed."

The Vaqueros won the rebound battle, 27-26, but were outscored 34-12 on points in the paint. SBCC was 11th in the state in rebounding margin (+11.3) and outrebounded 22 of 26 opponents this season.