Vanguard 80, Hope International 79
FULLERTON — Nicole Ballestero scored a game-high 33 points for the No. 1-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Taylor Belmont added 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists for Vanguard (23-0, 12-0 in conference).
Belmont hit two free throws with seven seconds left to give the Lions an 80-77 lead.
Hope, ranked No. 14, is 19-8, 7-5.
UC Irvine 76, Cal State Northridge 72
Vanessa Aguilar hit a pair of free throws with 16 seconds remaining to secure the Big West Conference win Saturday at the Bren Center.
Senior forward Camille Buckley posted her 13th double-double with a game-high 28 points and 16 rebounds for UCI (13-13, 6-6 in conference). She went 12 of 14 from the foul line, giving her 159 for 203 for the year which is a new school record for free throws made and attempted in a season. She also added two assists, a block and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
Hope International 55, Vanguard 53
FULLERTON — Garrett Neilan scored on a layup with four seconds left to lead Hope to the upset of the No. 9-ranked Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Saturday.
Neilan led Hope (18-9, 6-6 in conference) with 19 points.
Preston Wynne scored a game-high 22 points to go with eight reboudns and five steals for Vanguard (22-5, 9-3). Keight Mason added 14 points and Chris Gorman finished with 11 points for the Lions.
Orange Coast 9, Long Beach 5
Chris Iriart and Cody Nulph both had two hits and each drove in a run for the Pirates in the nonconference game Saturday.