No. 10 Merced too much for Porterville

Freshman Trinity Ramirez
Freshman Trinity Ramirez

Heading into its Central Valley Conference opener on Wednesday, the Porterville College women's basketball team knew it would have to play at its best to challenge No. 10 state-ranked Merced College. But turnovers and a rough night shooting resulted in a 100-31 Pirates' loss.

Merced's defense stifled the PC offense as the Pirates turned the ball over 36 times. Porterville made just 11 of 60 shots in the contest and was outrebounded by a 56-34 margin.

Porterville faced an uphill battle from the start and trailed 24-7 after the first quarter. PC was down 54-15 at halftime.

Trinity Ramirez led the Pirates with 9 points. She added 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Breyanna Hernandez contributed 6 points while Jordan Keene and Ashley Campos had 5 rebounds each.

Merced (12-5, 1-0 CVC) got 18 points from returning CVC Player of the Year Malaya Kendrick.

Porterville fell to 2-15 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Pirates will look to snap a 10-game losing streak on Saturday (Jan. 11) when they travel to West Hills College Lemoore for a 5 p.m. CVC game.