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@ Ventura 73, Oxnard 33

February 20, 2008

Box Score

 

     Many times this season, Ventura has used an entire team effort to win a game.  Wednesday night's regular season home finale was no different, as every player scored, 10 of the 11 players grabbed a rebound, and nine players contributed an assist as the Pirates soundly defeated Oxnard College 73-33.  After the game, the players received their "18-Peat" t-shirts, symbolic of the team's 18th consecutive Western State Conference North Division championship.

     Both teams were a bit sluggish at the onset.  After Jessica Jameson scored the first bucket of the game, Ventura (11-0, 26-5), gave up a Condor 3-pointer and the lead, 3-2.  Jenelle Conklin and Sara Nicholson scored on consecutive possessions giving the Pirates the lead for good, and another Nicholson field goal gave VC an 8-3 advantage.  Oxnard (1-10, 10-14) hit a shot with 15:09 on the clock making the score 8-5 before the Pirate defense took over.  VC held the Condors scoreless for nearly nine minutes, but the Ventura offense could only manage 12 points during that span, giving the Pirates a 20-5 advantage with 6:54 remaining.  The VC lead hit 16 points, 23-7 on Indira Kaljo's 3-pointer at the 5:49 mark, before Oxnard outscored Ventura 9-5 down the stretch to make the halftime score 28-16.

     Oxnard hit two of the second half's first three scores, closing the gap to 30-10 with 18:24 remaining in the contest.  At that point Kaljo took over the game, connecting on three consecutive 3-pointers to begin an 18-0 Pirate run over the next 7:39.  Eja Wong closed out the run with a long-ranger of her own with 11:07 on the clock, making the score 48-20.  Tow more 3-pointers, by Wong and Michelle Santizo, over the next two minutes extended the Pirate advantage to 54-23 with 8:12 remaining.  Christine McPherson netted four of VC's final six points to set the final score at 73-33.

     Kaljo led the VC attack with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  Wong contributed 15 points while Julie Heurung netted an even dozen for the Bucs.  Santizo, Donielle Griggs, and Heurung all grabbed six rebounds for the Pirates, who outrebounded OC 52-24 in the game.  Lindsay Trout handed out six assists and three steals for VC while Santizo also added three thefts in the game.

     Prior to the game, the six Pirate sophomores,  Eja Wong, Jenelle Conklin, Lindsay Trout, Sara Nicholson, Randi Hicks and Indira Kaljo, were recognized for their contributions to the program on this, their final regular-season home game.  After the game, the sophomores, and freshmen, received their 18-Peat WSC Championship t-shirts.

     The Pirates conclude the regular season on Saturday Feb. 23 in Santa Maria at Allan Hancock College.  THe game is scheduled for a 5:30 tip-off with the VC men following at 7:30 pm.  The Pirates will return home to open the Southern California Regional Playoffs on Friday Feb. 29 or Saturday Mar. 1, most likely at 7:00 pm.  Fans can check www.VCweplayhard.com on Monday evening, Feb. 25 for the match-ups.