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Chaffey Hands Women's Hoops Worst Home Loss In 10 Years
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
Veteran's Day Classic All-Tournament Team
[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