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Top 10 PCC Games Of The Decade 2000-2009: Games 4 and 3
The third installment of the Top 10 PCC Games of the Decade 2000-2009 follows with games 4 and 3:
4. November 10, 2001—Football: Mr. Smith Goes To Norwalk—PCC 51, at Cerritos College 12
On its way to its first and only Mission Conference championship, the Lancers football team took a 7-1 record into its game at Cerritos College. Running back Jonathan Smith would make the next 60 minutes into his own personal highlight reel.
Smith, a sophomore transfer, set a national community college record for most all-purpose yards in a game with 515 and scored a PCC record six touchdowns in a rout over the Falcons. He smashed the school record and a 29-year-old conference record for most rushing yards with 353 in 34 carries. While five of his TDs came on the ground, his third-quarter, 54-yard scoring catch from quarterback Nathan Chandler broke legendary alum Jackie Robinson’s 73-year-old school mark for most points in a season.
As a team, the Lancers reached 372 points in nine games, also a new team scoring record for one season. Smith went on to set the single-season record for most yards by a PCC back with 2,049 and he was named MVP of the team’s South County Bowl championship win over Grossmont. PCC finished 10-1 under Coach Tom Maher.
Although the game was one-sided, the performance by Smith, who was later selected with Chandler as the first All-American backfield in JC Grid-Wire history, etched his name among the all-time greats in PCC history.
3. January 12, 2007—Women’s Basketball: The Battle of the Undefeated—PCC 70, Mt. San Antonio 63 at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium
The most heated rivalry in community college athletics could very well be the one between the women’s basketball teams at PCC and Mt. San Antonio. The teams have shared several South Coast Conference titles over the years, and each are coached by builders of perennial powerhouse programs in PCC Coach Joe Peron and Mt. SAC Coach Laura Beeman.
The two teams met in the 2004 state championship game (won by the Mounties).
But in ’07, the teams got together in a rare contest where both teams entered a matchup undefeated at such a late date in the season. Mt. SAC was 24-0 and the Lancers 21-0 as one of the biggest crowds ever for a Lancer women’s basketball game assembled at PCC. Heightening the buildup for the game was the fact PCC had never beaten the Mounties at its home gym since the Hutto-Patterson facility was opened in 1999-2000.
Adriana Tovalin made a pair of baskets in a 9-0 PCC run that helped the Lancers mount a 29-21 halftime lead. Mt. SAC would never catch up, getting as close as 69-63 before the buzzer sounded and the Lancers and their fans celebrated the win in the Battle of the Undefeated.
So balanced was the Pasadena scoring that the leading scorers were Jeanine Deno and Yolonda Johnson at just 13 points each. Tovalin and Kieisha Phelps added 11 points a piece.
Deno went on to be named State Player of the Year and both Phelps and Johnson received All-State recognition. Tovalin made the All-State Tournament team as PCC finished 34-2 under Peron, who was named State Coach of the Year. The team recorded a school-record, 28-game winning streak, with this triumph over the Mounties easily the sweetest of that run.
[Photo: The Lancers bench erupts in Game 3 of the Top 10 PCC Games of the Decade, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 12/31/09