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Girls basketball: Saints off to impressive 4-0 start
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Monday, April 26, 2021
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Erik Ramos and his players have put in the work and they're beginning to reap the rewards.

The Santa Maria High girls basketball team, of which Ramos is the head coach, is off to a 4-0 start this spring. 

The Saints secured back-to-back wins over city and league rival Pioneer Valley on Thursday and Friday. After cruising to a 55-27 win over the Panthers in the first game of the two-game series, Santa Maria had to rally for a 57-48 win over the Panthers at home on Friday, out-scoring Pioneer Valley 34-22 in the second half. 

"We never thought we'd be standing here today, you know," Ramos said after Friday's win. "This past year has just been so crazy and we're just grateful we can play some basketball. The girls have met all over Zoom during the pandemic. They love basketball and they've grown so much over the last year."

Paso Robles and Morro Bay will likely pose the biggest challenges for the Saints. Paso Robles is 2-1 and beat Atascadero twice already, 51-23 and 67-29. Morro Bay beat Pioneer Valley 47-43 to start its season and followed that up with a 47-30 win over the Panthers on April 15. 

Ramos said having to comeback to beat Pioneer Valley on Friday was a good obstacle for his team to overcome.

Ramos says the Saints are loaded with experience as they've "brought back everybody."

"We have some experience this year, the girls are putting in the work every day," he added. "Also, they respect their opponent. Pioneer Valley is tough, we knew they would come in and play tough and coach Mike (Bloodworth) does a great job with them."

Santa Maria has been led by a strong core of returners that includes Carlissa Solorio, Luz Olea, Iceis McNutt, Lilliana Soto, Madison Garrity and Yvette Lopez.

Santa Maria will be playing a mostly all-Ocean League schedule. The Saints started their 2021 spring season with wins over Atascadero, taking both those games by a combined 50 points. The Saints will then play a two-game series against Templeton on Thursday and Friday of this coming week. There are identical two-game sets against Paso Robles (May 6-7) and Morro Bay (May 13-14) and non-league games against Valley Christian (May 22) and Santa Barbara Providence (May 24) left on the schedule.


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