Women's Basketball Captures Glendale Shootout Title
A 62-45, finals victory over Chaffey Sunday capped a 3-game run by the Pasadena City College women's basketball team in winning the Glendale College Vaquero Shootout tournament title. Ranked No. 9 in the pre-season state poll, the Lancers downed three Top 20 teams for the well-earned first-place trophy.
Against No. 14 Chaffey, the Lancers (4-2 record) made 15 of 29 shots from the floor in the second half in distancing themselves from the Panthers. PCC finished hitting 44.1 percent from the floor, the third straight game in which the Lancers hovered near the 50 percent mark in shooting. The Pasadena defense shut down Chaffey as it made just 28 percent of its shots.
Chaffey led 14-9, but PCC went ahead 27-20 by halftime. The Lancers completely stifled Chaffey in the second half, limiting the Panthers to just four points in the final 7-1/2 minutes of play.
Sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks led the way in the final, scoring 14 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and forcing three steals. Transfer guard Skai Thompson added 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Over the entire tournament, it was the play of MVP and sophomore guard Tyler Crockom (Pasadena High) that helped spark the Lancers. Crockom totaled an efficient nine points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals against Chaffey. In the three games, she was strong on both ends of the floor with 25 points, 19 rebounds, and 14 assists. All-Glendale Tournament selection Desiree Loving was also a force as she totaled 41 points, 18 assists and 14 rebounds as she continues to be PCC's most consistent player thus far in the '13-14 season.
The Lancers would have routed Chaffey (5-2) if not for their lone negative, a terrible shooting day from the free throw line. PCC converted only 9-for-30 from the stripe while Chaffey also probably will work next week on its 15-foot freebie opportunities, making just 4-for-13.
Despite the woes from the line, Lancers' head coach Joe Peron was excited for his team's performance throughout the Glendale tourney. A far cry from their disappointing 1-2 and fourth place finish at its own Rose City Classic.
"We had a stern talk with the players about the difference between playing selfish and playing as a team," Peron said. "We made great decisions on our field goal attempts, we moved the ball around, and we ran plays instead of wildly driving to the basket with no plan. The whole team stepped up to play the type of Lancers basketball that we envisioned in the pre-season."
Besides defeating Chaffey, the Lancers also defeated No. 3 Ventura and No. 18 Irvine Valley in showing their early success against top-rated opponents.
The Lancers will next play at the Irvine Valley College Tournament December 5-7.
[Photo--Tyler Crockom was the MVP of the Glendale College tournament and she goes up for a basket during the Lancers finals win over Chaffey Sunday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]