The Moorpark College women's team held off a furious Taft rally to win, 60-59, Saturday night at home.
With less than a minute left in the game and Moorpark leading, 58-55, Taft's Leesa Agent hit two free throws. Moorpark's Julie Powell scored a basket that was followed by another basket by Agent. Moorpark was able to run out the final seconds to preserve the victory.
Last season, the Cougars beat the Moorpark twice.
"This was one that we needed," Moorpark Coach Anthony Smith said. "In our conference, we basically have a four-team race: Moorpark, Taft, Oxnard and Ventura.
"I figures it might be a close game, a dogfight."