Bulldogs’ bark worse than their bite as SBCC beats Allan Hancock

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Desiree Erdman

Sophia Torres (No. 12) shoots the ball over the hands of defenders during the home game against Allan Hancock on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at City College in Santa Barbara Calif. The Vaqueros won the game 77-67.

Sarah Maninger, Sports Editor

Alondra Jimenez led the City College women’s basketball team to its first home win of 2020 with a 77-67 victory over the Allan Hancock Bulldogs. 

The Vaqueros, now at 13-6 on the season, ended 2019 with a six-game win streak but dropped three straight to start the year. 

“We needed this win,” said Jimenez. 

Wednesday night was City College’s first game in the Sports Pavilion since Nov. 21. A one-month gap between games due to winter break forced the Vaqueros to go over two months without playing in front of the hometown crowd. 

Sophia Torres, who totaled 17 points on the night, scored the Vaqueros first basket 41 seconds into the game.

Jimenez led the team with 26 points, with her season total now at 318.

She and her teammate Jordan Parkhurst combined for eight three-pointers and 11 assists. 

“[We] came early and got shots up,” Jimenez said. 

The Vaqueros’ passing game was as efficient as ever, with the ball moving quickly down the court. 

The Bulldogs turned it on in the second quarter, scoring 21 points compared to City Colleges’ eight.

With only one player on the bench, the Bulldogs were forced to play two of their starters for the full 40 minutes, and none of their starting five played less than 30 minutes. 

City College had four players on the bench and Jimenez was the only player to exceed 35 minutes on the court.

The flexibility of the Vaqueros’ roster has proved to be useful this season, giving Coach Krul options throughout each game. 

City College bounced back from its lackluster second quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 53-35 in the second half. 

The Vaqueros’ January losing streak began during the first week of conference play, dropping them to fourth place in the Western State Conference North standings. 

The stakes are high for the Vaqueros and every single one of the team’s final four games will prove to be pivotal. 

“We’re gonna keep working hard at practice,” said Parkhurst. 

The Vaqueros look to make the most of the rest of the regular season as they battle Ventura at 5 p.m on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in the Sports Pavilion.