The Moorpark Raiders dominate Santa Barbara, remaining undefeated in conference play

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Sophomore guard Breanna Calhoun hops up to block a pass from Santa Barbara's Sophia Torres during the home game against Santa Barbara City College on Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

By Nick Sweis

The Moorpark Raiders (20-1, 3-0) won their twelfth game in a row on Saturday, Feb. 1 as they handled Santa Barbara (12-6, 0-3) 102-66. Four players scored over 15 points as star point guard Jazzy Carrasco led the way with a double-double, scoring 24 points on 9-16 shooting to go along with a spectacular 12 assists.

Forward Jasmine Nichols was second in scoring for the Raiders with 18 points on 8-12 shooting to go along with 8 rebounds. Shooting guard and forward Sophia Torres led Santa Barbara with 26 points on 12-21 shooting along with 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Star guard Bree Calhoun finished with 17 points and reached a great milestone on Saturday, scoring over 1000 career points at Moorpark. Calhoun is currently averaging 15.9 PPG on a very efficient 47.8 field goal percentage to go along with 7.5 APG.

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Sophomore guard Breanna Calhoun prepares to take a foul shot during Moorpark vs. Santa Barbara Feb. 1, 2020. Photo credit: Justin Downes

When asked about this impressive accomplishment after the game, Calhoun responded with pride.

“It’s a big accomplishment and being able to do that for the school feels amazing,” stated Calhoun.

Although up 20 at halftime, the Raiders allowed Santa Barbara to match them at 20 points scored in the second quarter. Coach Plummer knew he had to fix the team’s game plan at halftime.

The Raiders came out energized in the third quarter as their aggressive defense forced turnovers and bad Santa Barbara shots which led to easy baskets for Moorpark. They were able to gain a comfortable lead after outscoring Santa Barbara 29-19 in the quarter.

“We said that going into halftime we had to make some adjustments and the team executed very well,” Plummer said.

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Head Coach Kenny Plummer goes over the game plan during half time, Feb. 1, at Moorpark College. Photo credit: Justin Downes

The Raiders are very well-coached and prepared before every game as Coach Plummer always emphasizes good effort and team defense.

One of the main reasons of success for Moorpark is credited to their amazing team chemistry. The Raiders communicate on both sides of the ball and love playing together.

Carrasco was asked about the team’s chemistry following the victory over Santa Barbara.

“We love playing basketball together, we’re all hoopers and love each other’s company and it just makes everything fun,” expressed Carrasco.

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Freshman forward Jazmine Nichols looks for a teammate to pass to during the home game against Santa Barbara City College on Saturday, Feb. 1. Photo credit: Ryan Bough

The Raiders are currently averaging the most points in conference play at 91 PPG, trailed by Mt. San Jacinto who averages 90.3 in second.

Coming in 3-0 during conference play is only the start of what the Raiders are trying to accomplish with a championship set in their sights. Coach Plummer knows they still have things to improve on as they continue in pursuit of the championship.

“We gotta be consistent on the defensive end, sharing the ball offensively, and playing together,” Plummer said.

The Moorpark Raiders’ next test will come in the form of two straight road games beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5 facing Oxnard (7-9, 1-2) at 5 p.m.