VENTURA — Before a game against College of the Canyons on Saturday night, Coach Ned Mircetic showed off a hefty ring he got commemorating the state basketball championship his Pirate women won in 1996-97 by defeating Canyons.
This time, the Pirates ran rings around the Cougars again en route to a 71-57 victory in a Western State Conference interdivision opener for both teams at Ventura College.
Renae Hofmann, a graduate of Buena High, scored 15 of her 27 points in the second half for Ventura, and the Pirates' game-long lead reached as high as 25 points.
"It was a big game, and we were ready to play," Hofmann said.
"Once I hit my first couple of shots, I was looking to shoot."
She got plenty of opportunities.
Canyons (9-3), ranked ninth in the state by the JC Athletic Bureau, committed 27 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.