Half Moon Bay faced Soquel High School in the first round of the Warriors Nor-Cal Invitational White Bracket. Both teams started slowly after respective finals and Christmas breaks with the Cougars keeping the referees busy with early fouls. The three pointers started to fall in the second quarter for the Cougars and they took a 24-20 lead into the half. Their defensive intensity picked up in the second half with a number of steals and blocked shots frustrating the Knights. In the end, Half Moon Bay prevailed 47-32 and moves on to second round action at 4:30pm Friday against the winner of the Gilroy-Saratoga game. Leading scorer for the Cougars was Ethan Menzies, whose stat sheet included 15 points, 5 blocked shots, 5 rebounds and a steal.