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Vaqueros steal one from Oxnard, 74-61

Jada Forsdick-Stevenson knocked down 5-10 from long range and scored a season-high 15 points. (Photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)
Jada Forsdick-Stevenson knocked down 5-10 from long range and scored a season-high 15 points. (Photo by Ken Sciallo/Sevilla Photography)

Jada Forsdick-Stevenson scored a season-high 15 points on Wednesday night and SBCC notched a season-best 20 steals to turn back Oxnard, 74-61, at the Sports Pavilion.

Forsdick-Stevenson, a freshman guard from Dana Point, hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first five minutes as the Vaqueros (14-8, 2-3 WSC North) stormed out to a 14-6 lead. She made 5-12 field goals for the game, including 5-10 from long distance. She also had four rebounds and five assists.

The Vaqueros were outshot 50% to 40% but drained a season-high 13 3-pointers in 36 attempts. They outscored the Condors from the 3-point arc, 39-9, with Oxnard making just 3-12.

"We shared the ball and hit our shots," said SBCC coach Sandrine Krul. "I was very impressed with our shot selections. And we will keep this momentum going into the Ventura game. All it takes is a team believing they can win because they will be prepared to win."

Meagan Moore had 12 points and seven steals and Maaria Jaakkola added 12 points and five rebounds for the Vaqueros, who led 32-29 at intermission. Aaliyah Pauling had eight points, four rebounds and five assists while Jennae Mayberry contributed four points and four steals.

Jaakkola, a former Dos Pueblos High standout from Finland, scored the first five points of the third quarter. She stole the opening in-bound pass and made a layup, then drilled a 3 from the left corner. Forsdick-Stevenson stole a pass and laid the ball in to stretch the lead to 10 points, 39-29.

Sierra Cavaletto nearly had a double-double off the bench with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Condors, led by Mary Nichols' 18 points, closed to within two on a layup by Madisene Allen (42-40) with 4:36 to go in the third quarter. The Vaqueros responded with a 17-9 run, capped by back-to-back treys from Jaakkola and Moore, to restore their 10-point lead, 59-49.

SBCC will host No. 15 Ventura on Saturday at 7 p.m.