News: Another State No. 1 Goes Down By Hands Of PCC Women's Cagers
For the second time in the last two weeks, the Pasadena City College women's basketball team had the daunting task of facing the state's No. 1-ranked team. The No. 7-ranked Lancers felt it was business as usual as they knocked Ventura College off California's top perch Saturday, 75-72, after doing the same to then No. 1 Long Beach City College on December 7.
PCC (9-3 record) continued its mastery over host Ventura (12-3), winning for the second time this season over the Pirates. Under head coach Joe Peron's direction, the Lancers have never lost to Ventura in the regular season (now 6-0) and improved to 8-2 in all-time meetings (2-2 in the playoffs). No team has had that type of success against Ventura coaching legend Ned Mircetic, who will reach the 700-win plateau later this season.
Peron, who is already PCC's second winningest coach ever in all women's sports with 421, said, "It's been an exciting ride against Ventura since we beat them in the state semifinals in 2009. There's no secret recipe. If we could play some other teams as well, I'd duplicate it if I could. It comes down to the players wanting it, and playing the full 40 minutes."
Transfer sophomore forward Skai Thompson scored 19 points with four rebounds to pace the PCC attack. Center Kaitlyn Parks continued her rise on the all-time scoring list (520 points) in posting a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tyler Crockom, impressive in both games at the mini Ventura Crossover tourney, added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Ventura led early at 12-6, but a 19-2 PCC run helped the Lancers take an 11-point lead by halftime, 34-23. Pasadena built it to 15 points early in the second half. Ventura mounted several rallies, but Crockom hit four free throws in the final minute to keep PCC's advantage. Pirates' guard Lisa Marie Sanchez scored 10 of her game-high 34 points in a long and frenzied final minute of play. She sank five 3-pointers overall.
The Lancers close out the 2013 portion of the season December 27-29 with their annual trip to the San Jose City College Lady Jaguar Invitational. PCC opens with No. 8-ranked Fresno City College in a 3 p.m. first round game on Friday, Dec. 27.
[Photo--PCC sports information photographer Richard Quinton captures the Lancers' bench in celebration just moments following PCC's 75-72 win at Ventura College Saturday night.]
Release Date: 12/22/2013