Women's Cagers Bounce Back In Downing ELAC, 68-54
Ranked No. 11 in this week's state poll, but still reeling a bit from an upset loss at Los Angeles Southwest on Jan. 11, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team had reason to be concerned about facing the No. 14-ranked Huskies at East Los Angeles College. The Lancers proceeded to play easily their best game in the South Coast Conference thus far, nearly leading from start to finish in a 68-54 triumph.
PCC evened its conference record at 3-3 and upped its overall mark to 13-5. ELAC fell to 11-6 and after a 4-0 start to SCC play, now is 4-2 in the highly competitive league.
The Lancers were tied just once at 2-2 and never trailed as they led 21-11 and then 32-25 by halftime. In the second half, sophomore guard Sabrina Martinez drilled back-to-back, 3-point bombs to deliver a dagger to the Huskies and a commanding 47-30 lead for PCC. Martinez led four players in double figures in scoring with 14 points.
Three different Lancers notched doubles-doubles with the most impressive being point guard Shay Jackson, who scored 11 points and dished out a team season-high 12 assists. Jackson added six rebounds and three steals as she continues to be a team leader as a redshirt sophomore. Playing with four fouls for most of the second half, Jackson relentlessly drove to the basket on several second-half plays and fired off several pinpoint passes, short and long to open Lancers for shot attempts.
Freshman forward Tyler Crockom was a force with 13 points (9-for-13 from the free throw line) and a team-high 14 rebounds while frosh center Kaitlyn Parks added 12 points and 13 rebounds in a stellar job in the paint. Sophomore guard Stella Ghazarian contributed nine points, including two 3-pointers.
ELAC had a miserable night shooting, including making only 15 of 32 free throws (46.9 percent) and just 18 of 72 shots from the field (25 percent). The Huskies had no starters make double figures, but off the bench, De Laura Castaneda tallied 16 points and eight rebounds and Alexis Valles scored 10 points (made three treys). The team's most effective player was starting forward Karina Ortiz, who totaled nine points, 15 rebounds, six blocked shots and three steals.
"We played a complete game for a change," said PCC head coach Joe Peron. "We had a terrible defensive breakdown last game, but tonight we played our type of basketball. We kept the score down and we worked hard on the boards for second-effort points. The starting five all contributed in the same game, and that has not happened in a long time for us."
PCC will travel to face Los Angeles Trade Tech on Friday, Jan. 18 in a 6 p.m. tip-off.
[Photo--Shay Jackson goes up for a shot during the Lancers victory at East Los Angeles College Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]