Chargers lights out in first league win

Dos Pueblos’ 25-point fourth quarter gave the all-sophomore squad gave its first Channel League win in Tuesday night’s 62-53 home victory over the San Marcos.

“We were ready to fire on all cylinders tonight, and they did,” Dos Pueblos head coach Maynard Pilapil said.

Kristen Gowdy led the Chargers (11-11, 1-4) with 17 points on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc, two coming in the first quarter.

Dos Pueblos’ Talitha Draper drives to her right against San Marcos defender Desiree Porter-Ray

Dos Pueblos’ Kristen Gowdy takes the ball upcourt as San Marcos’ Marissa Unzueta gives chase.

“We haven’t been shooting the ball well lately,” Gowdy said of her team’s lackluster scoring efforts in recent weeks.

“But tonight we just reversed the ball better and got open shots.”

Charger point guard Chiara DiMarco followed with 15 points, three steals, and three assists. Talitha Draper was also effective for the Chargers, tallying 10 points from the low-post.


The Chargers began their dominance from the tip-off on a 5-0 run to open the game. All five of Dos Pueblos’ starters scored within the first five minutes. San Marcos battled back, scoring on several strong drives to the bucket.

Off a loose ball with only 10 seconds left in the quarter, San Marcos’ Marissa Unzueta drained a 10-foot baseline jumper as time expired to bring the Royals within three, 19-16.

San Marcos’ only lead came briefly in the third quarter on a nifty low-post pivot from Unzueta, 35-34. Unzueta finished with a team-high 16 points followed by Kimmy Sanchez’s 14.

Chiara DiMarco was the Chargers’ second-leading scorer on Tuesday night at Sovine Gym.

On the next possession Dos Pueblos answered right back with a jump shot from DiMarco to take back the lead just before the quarter ended.

“We just stayed focused and kept our heads,” DiMarco said of the quick comeback.

The Chargers opened the final quarter on an 8-0 run and led by as much as 11 in the fourth.

“They took back over,” San Marcos head coach Kristyn Miller said. “Our girls just couldn’t make the adjustment.”

San Marcos  (10-10, 1-3) will host Ventura on Thursday. Dos Pueblos will play Ventura at home next Tuesday.


Dos Pueblos: Hilton 8, Dimarco 15, Mata 8, Murphy 4, Gowdy 17, Draper 10.

San Marcos: Curiel 5, Hyslop 3, Bau 4, Porter Ray 6, Sandoval 2, Sanchez 14, Unzueta 16 Dietz 3.

Dos Pueblos 19 11 7  25

San Marcos   16  7  13 17