Women's Hoops' Guards Spur Win Over El Camino
While defense has been a constant for the Pasadena City College women's basketball team this season, head coach Joe Peron has looked for better production on offense, particularly from his sophomore starting guards. On Friday night for one of the few times this season, the pair of point guard Shay Jackson and shooting specialist Stella Ghazarian emerged together in the same game.
Jackson scored 18 points and dished out nine assists while Ghazarian sank five 3-pointers as part of her 20 points as the Lancers downed host El Camino College, 81-70. Freshman center Kaitlyn Parks, the team's top scorer this year, continued her fine play with a game-high 21 points, making 9-for-12 from the floor.
Reserve frosh guard Desiree Loving added 10 points (5-for-6 from the floor) and starting sophomore guard Kahlia Theus chipped in eight points, including two 3s. When it was over, the guards accounted for 56 of the team's points.
"We're going to need both Shay and Stella key our offense," Peron said. "In some of our losses this year, both have disappeared in that area. Stella has struggled finding her shot while I have to remind Shay that she has to go to the hoop more. They each produced tonight and I hoped that it clicks for them to continue being involved in the scoring."
PCC, the state's No. 9-ranked team, improved to 18-6 overall and remain in third place in the South Coast Conference at 8-4. Unlike last year, the Lancers won't need help to advance to the postseason and expect to be hosting a first-round playoff contest.
The Warriors (5-16, 2-11 in SCC play) played well early and put PCC behind, 25-17, before the Lancers went on a 22-2 run over the final nine minutes of the first half. Ghazarian and Jackson combined for 14 of those points.
With 10:05 left in the game, Ghazarian drained another trey that gave the Lancers their biggest lead of 22 points, 63-41.
Kelsey Ishigo led four El Camino players in double digits in scoring with 17 points.
Winners of six of their last seven games, the Lancers have an important matchup v. Los Angeles Southwest College on Wednedsay, Feb. 13 in a 5 p.m. tip-off at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium. The Cougars shocked PCC, 84-81, back on Jan. 11 and are right on the Lancers' heels for the third place spot in the conference.
[Photo--Lancer Stella Ghazarian fires up a shot in a recent contest. She scored 20 points in Friday's win at El Camino College, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]