VISALIA, Calif. - Sixth-ranked College of the Sequoias used a big second half to overtake No. 14 Fresno City College on Saturday night for a 64-50 win to clinch the Central Valley Conference women's basketball championship while No. 10 Ventura capped a perfect Western State Conference North season with a 90-67 victory over host Santa Barbara City College.
The wins will serve as momentum boosts for COS (25-3) and Ventura (25-5) as they get set for the CCCAA Southern California Regional Championships which begin next week. Pairings will be announced on Monday.
Sequoias entered its showdown with Fresno (23-8), clinging to a one-game CVC lead over the Rams with an 11-0 mark. Fresno got the upper hand early on with a 14-11 lead after the first quarter; a three-point advantage they would take into halftime, 29-26. However, the Giants scored the first six points of the third quarter, including back-to-back layups from Idalis Rubalcava and Dojahnae Senegal to go up 32-29.
The game was tied three more times before COS took a 43-39 lead into the fourth quarter. It pulled away from there to post the 14-point win. Rubalcava's 16-point, 16-rebound double-double paved the way for the Giants, who also got 14 points from Senegal and 10 off the bench from Zharia McCollum.
Heaven Holmes led Fresno with 18 points.
Over at the coast in Santa Barbara, Ventura went up 25-13 after 10 minutes and never looked back to put the finishing touches on a spotless 10-0 conference campaign. The Pirates led 46-33 at halftime and were up by 15 going into the fourth quarter before cruising home with the win over their local rivals.
Rhianna Dougan and Katie Campbell keyed a strong three-point scoring attack for Ventura, combining for 11 treys and 50 total points. Dougan hit five three-pointers on her way to 28 points while Campbell canned 6 of 8 and scored 22.
Destinee King carried the scoring load for Santa Barbara on Saturday, putting together a monster 30-point, 15-rebound effort while playing 37 of 40 minutes. She also blocked five shots and had three assists. Jocelin Petatan pitched in with 13 points.
Ventura won the WSC North for the 27th straight year. King, meanwhile, led the WSC North in four categories in conference play, including scoring (21.8), rebounding (11.7), steals (3.0) and blocks (2.1).
The Vaqueros fell to 15-12 overall and 4-6 in league play.