Women's Basketball Rebounds Over Laney
Dropped to No. 10 in the state poll after losing three of its last four games, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team returned to the win column Friday with a 54-44 triumph over Laney in the opening round of the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational.
The Lancers (9-3 overall) welcomed the double-double performance of freshman center Kaitlyn Parks, who scored 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Parks had been held scoreless in the team's previous loss to Mt. San Antonio.
PCC plays state No. 6-ranked and NorCal No. 2 Fresno City College Saturday, Dec. 29 in the championship semifinals at 5 p.m. Fresno downed Diablo Valley, 78-66, in the opening round. The last time the Lancers faced Fresno was two years ago in the San Jose tournament when they posted a 105-67 rout in the third place game over the Rams.
Tyler Crockom, a 5-foot-10 freshman guard from Pasadena High, had a big impact in her first start of the season. Crockom (pictured in a recent home game) scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds. She sank 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minutes to maintain the Lancers' advantage.
PCC led 21-17 by halftime and Laney was within five points late in the game until Angeline Jefferson hit a key 3-point bomb that gave the Lancers breathing room. The team's defensive effort marked the fifth time this season that PCC held an opponent to less than 50 points.
Sophomore point guard Shay Jackson scored eight points and dished out nine assists.
PCC head coach Joe Peron is now one win away from milestone No. 400 in his career.