The Irvine Valley women's basketball team was very close to knocking off the No. 2-ranked team in the state.
The Lasers led for most of the way before losing to Ventura, 67-61, in the final of the Vaquero Shootout at Glendale College on Sunday.
Freshman Jasmine Kennon and sophomore Dominique Santos each scored 14 points for Irvine Valley. Sophomore Amber Wharton added 12 points and four assists and sophomore Shomari McCorkle had 10 points.
McCorkle was named to the all-tournament team.
Ventura improved its record to 3-0, while Irvine Valley fell to 3-3.
Irvine Valley led, 7-0, early on. Ventura rallied an held a 25-23 advantage with 3:43 left in the first half.
Irvine Valley closed the first period with a 5-0 run to take a 28-25 lead at the break.
The Lasers opened the second half with seven consecutive points to go up, 35-25.
And then a 6-0 run midway through the half put IVC ahead, 41-28, with 15:26 left to play.
The Pirates responded with their own 10-0 run to get back in it and cut the lead to 41-38. Ventura took a 45-44 lead and then was up, 57-50, when IVC came back.
Irvine Valley closed to within 57-54 at the 2:45 mark.
Irvine Valley had a shot to tie it, but missed two free throws with two minutes to play.
Ventura made seven of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Irvine Valley defeated Chaffey, 76-70, on Friday and host Glendale, 62-46, on Saturday to start the tournament.
In the win over Chaffey, Wharton had 21 points, Kennon and Santos each chipped in 12 points and freshman Taylor Casey had 11 points. McCorkle finished with a team-high nine rebounds.
McCorkle had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Santos added 15 points and Wharton finished with 14 points in IVC's victory over Glendale.