Better Late Than Never: Women's Hoops Recover v. LA Trade Tech
For more than 15 minutes Wednesday night, Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium might as well have been the Shatford Library. Visiting Los Angeles Trade Tech, the eighth place team in the South Coast Conference, rolled into the facility with a skeleton, 5-player, no subs squad, and quietly outplayed the state's No. 9-ranked Pasadena City College women's basketball team for most of the first half.
In fact, the Lady Techsters held a 22-13 lead with 4:38 left before halftime. For the next 24:38, the Lancers managed to wake up the troops and the fans by going to their strengths. PCC's defense forced steals that led to a series of fast-break baskets later in the contest, and posted a 58-40 victory over a valiant Trade Tech unit.
PCC limited LATT to no points over a period of 10:34 and in the process grabbed the lead for good by halftime, 24-22, on a 3-pointer by Stella Ghazarian. PCC made 21 steals, or one less than the team's number of field goals, often pouncing into double and triple teams once Trade Tech crossed the midcourt line.
Pasadena didn't pull away until the last seven minutes when a 19-2 run broke open the contest.
The team upped its record to a perfect 13-0 when holding opponents to less than 50 points. PCC is 21-6 overall and firmly entrenched in third place of the SCC at 11-4.
On "Sophomore Night," it was freshman center Kaitlyn Parks who was PCC's most effective player. Parks scored a team-high 10 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots. She's averaged a double-double all season and is expected to make the All-SCC First Team.
Ghazarian, a sophomore who is climbing up the program's all-time scoring list in the 21st spot, scored all nine of her points in the first half (three 3-pointers). Transfer point guard Shay Jackson added six points and six steals while transfer Angeline Jefferson had six points. Sophomore guards Kahlia Theus (five points, four steals) and Sabrina Martinez (three points, five assists, five steals) made contributions as well.
Off the bench, freshman forward Brandi DuBose (six points and five rebounds), frosh forward Tyler Crockom (five points, four rebounds), first-year center Averie-Alice Guzman (four points, two assists), and rookie guard Desiree Loving (four points, three rebounds, two assists) played valuable minutes.
For LA Trade Tech (3-17, 3-12 in SCC play), Kimberlyn Virigin led all scorers with 16 points and Alejandra Gomez added 12 points.
PCC closes out the conference season on Friday, Feb. 22 at Cerritos College (5 p.m. tip-off). The team will then learn its playoff seeding, which will be announced early next week.
[Photo--Desiree Loving chases the loose ball with teammates Kahlia Theus (far right), Tyler Crockom (33) and Kaitlyn Parks (40) looking on during the Lancers' victory over LA Trade Tech Wednesday night, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]