Feb 15, 2013 2:00 AM by Andrew Masuda

Morro Bay cruises in CIF opener, only LPL team to advance

Morro Bay led from start to finish as the Lady Pirates dominated St. Mary's Academy 58-10 in a first round Division 4AA CIF playoff game on Thursday night.

The Pirates improved to 22-3 on the season and advanced to the second round of the postseason for the fifth year in a row. Morro Bay has not made it out of the second round for at least eight years.

Hannah Gilbert led the Pirates with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Junior Sierra Schwellenbach put in another all-around game with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 steals.

Morro Bay, the #8 seed in the division, travels to #9 Rosary on Saturday for a second round game. Rosary beat Poly out of Pasadena 54-35 in the first round.

The Templeton girls saw their season come to a close with a 78-45 first round loss to 7th seeded Bishop Montgomery. The Eagles trailed 37-19 at the half.

Junior Mari Stewart led the Eagles with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Marissa Torres added 8 points for Templeton, which finished the year 21-5 overall. Templeton returns every key player next year in Stewart, Torres, Autumn Russell, Megan Hattar and Briana Belmonte.

The Lompoc girls lost at home to #6 Santa Margarita 65-47 in a Division 3A contest.

Nipomo fell at Oaks Christian, the #5 seed in Division 4AA, 84-26. The Titans ended the year 14-12, but still made the program's second CIF appearance in school history.

Santa Maria lost on the road in Beverly Hills 68-40 in a Division 3AAA contest.



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