Santa Maria squeaks past La Villa

SANTA MARIA — There may have been limited seating in the Santa Maria Middle School gymnasium, but the deafening crowd noise emanating from the small venue played a definitive roll in the outcome of the game.

Within the span of 10 seconds, the La Villa Lady Cardinals went through a roller coaster of emotions, but the Santa Maria Lady Cougars would not be denied and found a way to steal a 34-33 victory Friday evening. The win keeps their perfect 9-0 District 32-2A record intact.

“Santa Maria is a great team, but the one thing that we wanted to do in this little junior high gym was not let the crowd affect us,” said La Villa head coach Sam Rodriguez. “In the first half we didn’t let the crowd affect us and we played great. But it kept going down hill as the crowd became a factor and our girls lost their composure.”

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