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When Hilton Garden Inn began sponsoring the season-opening tournament for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team in 2007, the Lancers figured it would quickly capture the championship title. It just took a longer than they expected as PCC finally won its tip-off tournament for the first time since 2006 behind a dominating 64-47 victory over Chaffey College Sunday afternoon.

Kim Smith was named the tourney's MVP after scoring 19 points in the title game and averaging 21 points in the three games at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. Also making the All-Hilton Garden Inn Classic team from PCC were freshmen Dominique Scott and Anna Shahinian, who scored 17 points against Chaffey.

The defending state champion Lancers (3-0) led from the get go as Shahinian, a starting guard from Glendale High, scored 8 points during a 12-3 run to start the game. Smith drilled a 3-pointer from the corner and Scott (Palisades High) followed with a layup that increased that lead to 29-10 with 8:11 left in the first half.

PCC led 34-16 by halftime and opened the second half with another spurt of 12-1 as Chaffey played catch-up the rest of the contest.

Playing well off the Lancers bench was freshman forward Katie Nelson (Burbank High) with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Starting forward Scott was limited to 5 points, but grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Starting frosh point guard Stephanie DeFrance (Blair High) added 6 points, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

For Chaffey (2-1), Kyla Smith was the only player to reach double digits in scoring 11 points.

In the third place game, Cypress downed LA Southwest, 80-68, and Southwestern defeated LA Valley, 58-53, in the consolation title game.

PCC next plays in a non-conference game at Victor Valley College Saturday, November 14 in a 4 p.m. tip-off.

"This was a good tournament for us, not necessarily because we won, which is always great," said PCC Head Coach Joe Peron. "We were pushed in both the first two games and had to play pressure basketball in the Cypress win. Yet, we used a large rotation of 12-13 players, something that we're not used to doing at this point of the season. We have depth, and we plan on using it. Smith played like a leader and deserved the MVP."

All-Hilton Garden Inn Classic Tournament Team

Kim Smith, MVP, Pasadena, sophomore guard
Dominique Scott, Pasadena, freshman forward
Anna Shahinian, Pasadena, freshman guard
Christie Menard, Chaffey, sophomore center
Markea Holt, LA Southwest, freshman forward
Quortlyn O'Neal, Cypress, sophomore guard
Tagisia Tagisala, Southwestern, sophomore guard

 [Photo--Kim Smith, the Hilton Garden Inn Classic MVP, brings the ball upcourt for the Lancers in their 64-47 title game win over Chaffey Sunday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 11/09/09
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