News: Women's Basketball Hosts 15th Rose City Classic To Open 13-14 Season Nov. 14-16
The 2013-14 Pasadena City College women's basketball team will show off its talents Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16 when the Lancers host the eight-team, 15th edition of the Rose City Classic tournament. The Lancers tip-off their 18th season under legendary, 412-win head coach Joe Peron on Thursday, Nov. 14 in an 8 p.m season opener v. West Los Angeles College.
All 11 games of the tourney will be played at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, the site of a disappointing end to last season when the Lancers suffered their first-ever, HP Gym playoff loss after 18 straight wins against Irvine Valley.
The Rose City Classic has been a PCC-dominated event as the Lancers have won 10 of the 13 full tournament bracket titles (two seasons were pool play tourneys including last year). This year, the Lancers, West LA, Citrus, Long Beach City, Taft, El Camino, College of the Canyons, and Irvine Vallley compete for the crown.
In previous seasons, the Rose City Classic was a December event, but Peron decided to go to one home tournament this year and that moved the R-C-C to a November tip-off event.
The Lancers return All-South Coast Conference First Team denter Kaitlyn Parks (6-foot-4, Barstow High) and All-SCC Second Team selection and point guard Desiree Loving (Compton Centennial High) as part of this season's 12-player roster. Parks averaged a double-double last year as PCC's top scorer and rebounder with averages of 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Parks also blocked 57 shots.
Loving averaged 7.3, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game and was often the first player off the Lancers bench for the 2012-13 team that finished 22-7. Other returning players include 5-10 guard Tyler Crockom (Pasadena High, 5.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 32 steals), 6-foot, guard-forward Brandi DuBose (Muir High, 1.8 points and 3.8 rebounds off the bench), and 5-11 forward Averie-Alice Guzman (Burbank Bellarmine-Jefferson High, 2.7 points, 2.3 rebounds).
Peron added another veteran player in 5-9, transfer guard Skai Thompson (Palisades Charter High), who played at Eastern Arizona College as a freshman. As a senior, Thompson helped a 30-6 Palisades team reach the semifinals of the 2012 CIF Division II state tournament after hitting a game-winning, last-second shot to defeat Mark Keppel in the quarterfinals. Thompson averaged 10.6 points a game as an All-Los Angeles City selection.
With the addition of 6-foot, newcomer center Bailey Williams, from Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda High), Peron has put together one of his tallest teams. Six of his players are 5-10 are taller, including three 6 feet and above.
The Lancers freshmen class also includes Muir High products in guard-forward Tyler Polk and 5-9 forward Kandace Payne. The rest of the team is made up of rookies in All-Rio Hondo League guard Joelle Tucker (Monrovia High, 13.3 points a game as a senior), guard Emily Thach (Alhambra Mark Keppel High), and 5-11 guard Kiara Phillips, who is from Victoria, Australia.
Despite a No. 9 final state poll ranking and a strong third place in the SCC, Peron looked back at last year as a disappointment.
"We have prided ourselves in advancing in the playoffs, and we suffered when we saw our long home gym winning streak ended by Irvine Valley," Peron said. "The players we brought back want to erase that memory and we are determined to go far this year."
The Lancers are going back to playing in the 5-team, SCC North Division as the conference has been split from a 9-team whole conference the past few seasons with the addition of a team at LA Harbor College. PCC will play a 13-game conference schedule with all five of their games v. the SCC South Division counting toward its conference record.
You have to go back to 2006-2007 for the last Lancers team to win a SCC title. But only four years, PCC won the CCCAA state title.
"Winning conferece is something we'd like to accomplish, but it will take a very focused effort and hard work 40 minutes a game to hope to get that far. More importantly, we need to prepare as if we are going deep into the playoffs. The expectations are high."
The Lancers will follow the Rose City Classic by playing in the Glendale, Irvine Valley and San Jose City College tournaments. PCC begins the SCC season on Jan. 8, 2014 in hosting East Los Angeles College.
The Rose City Classic tournament bracket is at the following link:
[Photo--Joe Peron with star returning center Kaitlyn Parks.]
Release Date: 11/14/2013