Crockom Spurs Women's Hoops To 1st SCC Win
With her team playing sluggishly during the first half, freshman forward Tyler Crockom scored 11 of the Lancers' first 16 points. In the second half, it was Crockom's defensive work, including six steals, that allowed the Pasadena City College women's basketball team to pull away from feisty host El Camino College-Compton Center, 68-38, Friday night.
It was the first South Coast Conference victory in three contests for the Lancers, who are 11-4 overall and ranked No. 9 in the first state poll of the new year. Crockom, a Pasadena High product who only recently has emerged to join the starting five, totaled a game-high 17 points, eight steals, six rebounds and two steals.
Compton, winless at 0-11 and 0-3, led briefly at 6-4 and trailed just 26-24 in the final minute of the opening half. PCC sophomore reserve guard Kahlia Theus sank a 3-pointer with seven seconds left in the period to give the Lancers a 29-24 halftime lead.
The final 20 minutes were all Pasadena as the team dominated the Tartars, outscoring them 39-14. PCC's defense recorded 24 steals as Compton made 40 turnovers. It was the seventh time this season that the Lancers held an opponent to less than 50 points.
Sophomore guard Stella Ghazarian, an All-SCC selection last season, continued to struggle with her shooting, yet made double figures with 11 points. Ghazarian sank three 3-pointers, but took 14 attempts from long range to achieve the makes. Theus added 10 points and three assists. Sophomore point guard Shay Jackson delivered six points, six assists, four rebounds nad three steals.
The reserve forward duo of Sarah Jackson (six points, eight rebounds) and Brandi DuBose (four points, nine rebounds, and three steals, Muir High) made most of their contributions during the second half. Transfer guard Angeline Jefferson added four points and made three assists, showing nifty passing skills. Starting guard Sabrina Martinez tallied six points and three steals while starting center Kaitlyn Parks played sparingly and had fours in points, rebounds and blocked shots.
For Compton, Shamica Cheatham scored 12 points while forward Jessica Phillips had a fine all-around effort with five points, 13 rebounds, four assists and five steals.
The Lancers return to the newly-resurfaced center floor of Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium on Wednesday, Jan. 9 when they play El Camino College (Torrance). Tip-off is 7 p.m. following the PCC men's team game v. Los Angeles Southwest College.
[Photo--Tyler Crockom made several baseline jumpers, including this shot attempt as part of her game-high 17 points in PCC's 68-38 win at El Camino College-Compton Center Friday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]