News: Another Epic PCC-Ventura Hoops Game, Women Win 75-70
The rivalry between the Pasadena City College and Ventura College women's basketball teams wasn't created until 2009 when the Lancers and Pirates played one of the great state tournament games ever, a 106-93 win by PCC on the way to its only state championship.
The teams have met in the playoffs four times, but on Saturday the pair hooked up in the championship semifinals of the Glendale College Vaquero Shootout tournament. The game resembled a playoff as Ventura stormed to a 42-32 halftime lead. The Lancers, though, rallied and advanced to the tourney finals with a 75-70 victory.
Pasadena (3-2) will play Chaffey in the tourney final on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
PCC head coach Joe Peron is now 7-2 against Ventura, 5-0 in regular season meetings. This has occurred all against Ventura coaching legend Ned Mircetic, who only has a losing record against one other college--Foothill. Mircetic has 681 wins in now his 24th season at Ventura and Peron is also PCC's winningest coach with a current 415 victories in his 18th year.
Ventura led 7-0 to open the game and was ahead by as much as 12, 32-20. In the second half, the Lancers would come back several times to shorten the score, finally tying it at 68-68 on a Desiree Loving basket with 2:48 remaining. Tyler Crockom's rebound and basket gave PCC the lead for good at 71-69 with 1:13 left to play. A turn-around bank by Skai Thompson sealed it at 73-70 with 42 seconds on the clock.
The Lancers worked around Ventura's talented defense with a sharp half-court offense, scoring baskets on give-and-go's, solid post plays, and some key 3-pointers from the corner by guard Emily Thach. Thach sank three 3-pointers in the second half, the biggest when her corner bomb cut a 6-point lead to 67-64 with four minutes to go.
Loving, a letterman point guard, has emerged as one of the state's top players. She scored a game-high 19 points, added six assists and five rebounds. Also for PCC, Thompson tallied 16 points, Thach 10, and center Kaitlyn Parks, again having early foul trouble problems, scored 10 with six rebounds. The team again shot well from the field, making 27 of 59 attempts (46 percent).
The Lancers received other strong efforts by Crockom (five points, six rebounds, five assists), reserve forward Brandi DuBose (six points, four boards, and a key defensive charge taken late in the game), and reserve center Bailey Williams (five points and a team-high eight rebounds).
[Photo--Emily Thach takes a shot in a recent game. She made three 3-pointers to help PCC defeat Ventura Saturday.]
Release Date: 11/24/2013