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Ventura 77, San Francisco 49

@ Canyons Crossover Classic

 December 17, 2006

Box Score


      Ventura Head Coach Ned Mircetic has directed VC for 561 games over the past 16-plus seasons.  During that time, a Pirate has collected three charges in a game just four times, and the fourth was Sara Arciniega's third in Ventura's 77-49 victory over San Francisco in the final game of the Canyons Crossover Classic in Santa Clarita.  Arciniega, who took three charges in a game last season and has twice accomplished the feat this year, has 10 charges on the season and 19 for her career, putting her fifth on VC's all-time list for the ultimate in defensive self-sacrifice.

     The contest began with the Ventura (12-4) and San Francisco (8-8) trading scores over the first 10 minutes.  Ahead 15-14 with 9:36 on the clock, the Pirates caught fire.  Veronica Williams hit a bucket off of a Jessi Selleh pass followed by a Sandy Perry 3-pointer from an assist by Williams giving VC a 20-14 lead.  Ventura continued the 12-0 run with a long-range bomb from Selleh and two consecutive buckets by Jenelle Conklin.  In all, the Pirates hit 15 of their last 18 field goal attempts of the period en route to a 39-26 halftime lead.

     VC began the second half with three straight turnovers allowing the Rams back into the contest on a 4-0 run.  The play was so uninspired that Coach Ned Mircetic went back to an old standby, a five-for-five substitution, to get the Pirates going.  The group of Arciniega, Danielle Chupp, Michelle Jameson, Misty Alvarado, and Robin Austin got things rolling for VC, beginning with Arciniega's 3-pointer from Chupp early in the run.  Selleh hit another bomb with 11:36 on the clock to put Ventura up 49-35, and the Pirates closed the door with Williams' first 3-pointer of the season followed by her assist to Selleh with 3:36 remaining, giving Ventura a 70-45 lead.  The Pirates cruised in for the 77-49 victory.

     Conklin and Selleh led four Pirates in double-figures with 16 points each while Williams and Perry scores 15 and 10 points, respectively.  Williams also grabbed nine rebounds, dished out five assists and blocked two shots.  Arciniega, playing perhaps the best game of her career added five points and a steal to go along with her three purple hearts.

     The Pirates will now return home on Wednesday Dec. 20 to play Reedley College.  Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm at the Athletic Event Center.