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No. 1 Moorpark women’s basketball defeats No. 4 College of the Sequoias and advances to the state semifinals

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No. 1 Moorpark women’s basketball defeats No. 4 College of the Sequoias and advances to the state semifinals

Sophomore Barbara Rangel floats a short jump shot over College of the Sequoias' Hailey Scott during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Rangel led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds.  Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58.  Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

Sophomore Barbara Rangel floats a short jump shot over College of the Sequoias' Hailey Scott during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Rangel led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

Sophomore Barbara Rangel floats a short jump shot over College of the Sequoias' Hailey Scott during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Rangel led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

Sophomore Barbara Rangel floats a short jump shot over College of the Sequoias' Hailey Scott during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Rangel led the team with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

By Robert Gonzales

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With 44 seconds left in the women’s basketball quarterfinals Friday night, sophomore guard Emily Herring stepped up to the free-throw line with a chance to extend Moorpark’s lead to a two-possession game.

All 500 people at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center stared, completely quiet, awaiting Herring as she stepped up to the free-throw line to put away Moorpark College’s fourth-ranked opponent.

The silent crowd watched as the sophomore guard knocked down both shots, leading the Raiders to a 66-58 victory against NorCal’s College of the Sequoias.

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Sophomore Emily Herring makes one of several free throws late in the game that helped Moorpark keep the lead of the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinal vs College of the Sequoias (COS), held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Herring had 16 points enroute to a 66-58 victory over COS. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

“Honestly, I was surprised it went silent,” Herring said. “A lot of times when you’re in games they’re all loud. They try to distract you and throw you off balance and I walked up to the free-throw line expecting that and it made me a little more nervous having it silent.”

But Herring didn’t back down or cower from the moment. She knocked down both free-throws finishing a perfect 8-8 from the line.

After Herring put the Moorpark Raiders up by five points, the COS Giants never found a way to close the gap. Herring’s 16 points were the second highest on her team.

“It’s almost like, the free throw is like the cherry on top,” Herring said.

The number one scorer and overall dominator of the match was two-time Western State Conference North Player of the Year, Barbara Rangel.

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Sophomore Barbara Rangel looks to pass the ball to teammate Sophomore Emily Herring (right) during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinal vs College of the Sequoias, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

She was a force that could not be stopped. Rangel recorded 16 rebounds and scored 21 points off of 12 attempts. It was her 29th double-double of the season and second double-double in these playoffs.

“I had one of my better games today,” Rangel said. “So, I think [my team] was definitely looking more for me today than other days. I was making most of my layups so I think they were like ‘ok if I can’t make it, then we have something that can.’”

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Sophomore Barbara Rangel takes the ball to the hoop against College of the Sequoias' Hailey Scott during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals, held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

The Raiders struggled in the opening quarter, at one point falling behind 20-13.

“I’m not going to lie they made us a little nervous there in the beginning,” Herring said. “But I think our team just needed to adjust and relax and get the nerves out.”

In the third quarter, they also had trouble hitting their shots, shooting a 33.3 field goal percentage for the quarter.

But the Raiders tough defense kept the team in the game long enough to mount a comeback. They held the COS Giants to under 27 percent on field goal attempts for the second, third, and fourth quarter.

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Freshman Breanna Calhoun fights for a rebound during the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals against College of the Sequoias (COS), held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Calhoun had 14 points and seven rebounds. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

College of the Sequoias sophomore guard Janelle Sumilong was the only player to have consecutive success against the Raiders, scoring 19 points on her own. Freshman guard Alaysia Reed helped Sumilong carry the offensive load by scoring 13 points as well. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the No. 1 Raiders.

“We knew at the end of the day that we were going to have to pull away slowly,” Moorpark Head Coach Kenny Plummer said. “We knew they were better than their seeding.”

This was the Raiders’ first win by single-digits all season long.

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Head Coach Kenny Plummer discusses strategy with his team just prior to the start of the second half of the CCCAA Women's Basketball State Quarterfinals vs College of the Sequoias (COS), held at Ventura College on Friday, March 15, 2019. Moorpark defeated COS, 66-58. Photo Credit: Jace Kessler Photo credit: Jace Kessler

“We just got spoiled by winning by a large margin of points, but really every day in practice this is what we do, we grind,” Plummer said.

No. 1 Moorpark College (31-1) moves on to play NorCal’s No. 2 Merced College (29-3) Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Ventura College Athletic Event Center.

Outstanding Statistics

Sequoias:

05 Janelle Sumilong: 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 19 points on 7-14 FGA

11 Alaysia Reed: 13 points

14 Hailey Scott: 8 rebounds, 10 points

32 Dejanee Gill: 9 rebounds

Moorpark:

10 Emily Herring: 8-8 FTs, 16 points

21 Jazzy Carrasco: 6 turnovers, 12 points

22 Breanna Calhoun: 7 rebounds, 7 turnovers, 14 points

42 Barbara Rangel: 16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 21 points on 9-12 FGA

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Robert Gonzales, Senior reporter

Robert Gonzales is a senior sports reporter. He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, but was mesmerized investigating...

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