Moorpark College opens conference play with a statement victory over Allan Hancock


Sophomore guard Breanna Calhoun spots up for a three-pointer during the Raiders' home game victory over Allan Hancock 100-61 on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

By Nick Sweis

Wednesday evening, the Moorpark Raiders (18-1, 1-0 WSNC) began conference play locked in and ready to dominate. Stifling, lockdown defense, and an efficient, electrifying offense are what opposing teams are up against from Moorpark, as the Raiders went on their tenth victory in a row, securing a 100-61 win at home against Allan Hancock.

The Raiders brought a balanced scoring attack as each starter scored double-digit points led by star player, guard Bree Calhoun, who had her way on offense, going 12-17 from the field for 26 points and racking up 8 assists. Guard Britt Van Buren put up a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

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Breanna Calhoun, sophomore guard for the Moorpark Raiders, shoots from deep in a home game against Allan Hancock on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Calhoun was also a force on the defensive end, collecting an absurd 8 steals and 1 block.

Calhoun was asked about her defensive performance after the game in which she expressed, “I take pride in my defense. Good defense leads to good offense.”

The Moorpark Raiders are sizzling hot on offense as of late, scoring 100 points or more in their last two games with a combined 27-51 from the three point range. On the season, they are averaging 83 PPG, 36.2% three point shooting and an impressive 21.2 assists per game.

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Moorpark's guard, Britt Van Buren, extends for the layup in the Raiders home game against the Allan Hancock Bulldogs on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Van Buren finished with a team-high 10 rebounds. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Star guard Jazzy Carrasco was asked if the offense can keep up the Raiders hot shooting throughout the conference play.

“We’re a confident team. We run and execute our plays, share the ball and that’s what we do the best. Score the ball,” Carrasco stated.

There is also an argument that the Moorpark Raiders’ defense is even better than their offense. Moorpark’s defense is currently number one in the state right now, allowing the least amount of points per game at 48.5.

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Jazzy Carrasco, sophomore forward, maneuvers through the defense during Moorpark's home game versus Allan Hancock on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Photo credit: Evan Reinhardt

Coach Kenny Plummer loves what he is seeing from his team at the moment. Plummer went into detail when asked about the Raiders’ most recent triumph.

“We emphasized defense tonight, and it was important to make a statement like this in our first home game against a good Hancock team who has beaten some other good teams this year,” Plummer said.

The Moorpark Raiders look to continue their winning ways as they face a test on the road next week at Ventura College (15-4, 1-0 WSNC) Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.