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Chaffey Hands Women's Hoops Worst Home Loss In 10 Years

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Chaffey College won the Pasadena City College-hosted Veteran's Day Classic Tournament title Sunday. And while it was an upset by the state No. 20-ranked Panthers over the No. 7-rated Lancers, the huger upset for Pasadena was the manner of defeat at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, losing by 21 points, 87-66, in the championship final.

The margin of defeat was the highest performed by an opponent against a Lancers team at the HP Gym since Jan. 24, 2001, when LA Trade Tech won a South Coast Conference game over Pasadena, 73-43. That long ago contest remains the worst loss handed to Pasadena at the hallowed floor of Hutto-Patterson.

PCC's record at home since the opening of the gym in 1999 is an impressive 154 wins to just 31 losses. And Pasadena has never lost a home playoff game in front of its home fans at the facility--a perfect 17-0.

Chaffey (3-0) won for the first time ever against PCC Head Coach Joe Peron, who had a 7-0 mark v. the Panthers since he took over the program in 1996-97. Ironically, Pasadena's first playoff home win at the HP Gym took place against Chaffey back in February of 2000.

PCC trailed 44-40 early in the second half before Chaffey went on a monstrous scoring run. Over an eight-minute span, the Panthers outscored the Lancers, 34-8, and put the game and tourney title well out of reach. During a rare "garbage time" situation in the other direction (often PCC is the one blowing out a road opponent), the Lancers did cut the score down to the 21-point final. 

Forward Marquetta Stokes dropped in 22 points to lead all scorers and was selected to the All-Veteran's Day Classic team. Teammate and sophomore center Tonisha Lacey, who had eight points and 16 rebounds, was also a pick of PCC to the all-tournament team. Chaffey guard Shannon Moore was named MVP of the V-Day Classic.

Chaffey's Bree Ball scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the final. The Panthers used a strong inside game on both offense and defense to befuddle the Lancers. Chaffey scored a bevy of baskets following second-chance, offensive boards. The Panthers pulled down 21 offensive rebounds overall.

PCC's other problems were handling the ball, making 29 turnovers, and an off-shooting game, hitting only a .293 shooting clip from the field (22 of 75 shots). 

Freshman guard Stella Ghazarian came off the bench to score 14 points, including four 3-pointers. In a brief spurt off the bench, Sabrina Martinez added four assists and a blocked shot. One other brightspot for PCC was its free throw shooting, making all nine of its attempts in the first half, and finishing 15-for-17 overall.

Pasadena (2-1) next will play at the Saddleback Lady Gauchos Tournament Nov. 21-23 in Mission Viejo. The Lancers' first round game will be against Southwestern at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21. 

OTHER FINAL DAY SCORES OF THE VETERAN'S DAY CLASSIC
Third Place--Cypress 72, Irvine Valley 49
Consolation Title--Citrus 70, Taft 62

Veteran's Day Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP--Shannon Moore, Fr. Guard, Chaffey
Ashlee Harper, Fr. Guard, Chaffey
MARQUETTA STOKES, So. Forward, PASADENA
TONISHA LACEY, So. Center, PASADENA
Sarah Rebibo, Fr. Guard, Citrus
Sloane Turner, Fr. Center, Cypress
Shomari McCorkle, Fr. Forward, Irvine Valley

[Photo--Marquetta Stokes goes up for a shot during PCC's loss to Chaffey in the championship game of the Veteran's Day Classic Sunday afternoon, image by Richard Quinton.]
 

Release Date: 11/14/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu