Women's Cagers Take Sole Possession of 3rd In SCC
Once again, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team met a challenge and conquered it on Wednesday evening. The Lancers grabbed sole possession of third place in the South Coast Conference, avenging an early league loss to Los Angeles Southwest with a 66-62 triumph over the Cougars at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium.
PCC completely shut down the star of its first encounter, LASW guard Cranesha Jennings, who after scoring 31 points back on Jan. 11 was limited to just two points. The Lancers are approaching the 20-win mark, now at 19-6 overall and 9-4 in SCC play with three games left in the regular season.
LA Southwest is a bubble team for the postseason, falling to 11-11 overall and 8-5 and fourth place in the SCC.
The Lancers started out strong, making 8 of their first 16 shots from the floor as they took a 31-20 halftime lead. PCC built the lead to 13 points, 48-35, with 10 minutes left.
LA Southwest wouldn't quit, and made a furious comeback, led by center Tierra Robinson. The 6-foot sophomore scored all 16 of her points and grabbed all 11 of her rebounds in the second half despite playing with foul trouble. Robinson's put-back basket cut it to one, 63-62, with 51 seconds left.
Shay Jackson, PCC's sophomore point guard, sank two free throws with 10.3 seconds to go to seal the win. Jackson scored a team-high 13 points and dished out six assists. Reserve guard Desiree Loving scored all 11 of her points in the second half.
"We played better defense, for at least one half v. Southwest," PCC head coach Joe Peron said. "We did a real good job on Jennings, but we had trouble defending the post later in the game. They made some adjustments, and fortunately we kept our composure and held on."
While some teams have their rotations and lineups set at this point of the season, the Lancers and Peron have continued to find ways to involve the entire roster. Reserve center Averie Alice-Guzman made an impact by scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds while seeing the most playing time she's had all year.
Starting center Kaitlyn Parks had eight points and 14 rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Starting forward Tyler Crockom supplied strong efforts on both sides of the floor on eight points, eight rebounds and three assists. Reserve forward Brandi DuBose was a spark on defense and also had perhaps her most effective game on three points, five rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. DuBose and Guzman were on the floor for much of the final five minutes of the game.
"We have to get everyone involved because we are matching up against opponents with different strengths," Peron said. "We have some size and we used it against Southwest. We have a deep team this season, so the 10th and 11th players become important for us. Averie can shoot the jumper, and we're asking her to shoot it when she gets open. Brandi stepped up and made some plays late in the game. Next game, someone else might emerge for us. We have that ability."
The Lancers host "Coaches v. Cancer" night this Friday, Feb. 15 when they play East Los Angeles College. Tip-off is 5 p.m.
[Photo--Shay Jackson lofts the short shot in the key for a bucket during PCC's victory over LA Southwest Wednesday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]