News: Mt. SAC Continues Its Success v. Women's Cagers
From 2003 through 2011, arguably the most intense rivalry in women's sports was the one between Mt. San Antonio and Pasadena City Colleges in women's basketball. But since 2012, the Mounties program has appeared to distance itself not only from the Lancers but from most programs in the state.
The two-time defending CCCAA state champion, Mt. SAC strolled into PCC's Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium Friday with a chance to clinch yet another South Coast Conference title. And while the No. 6-ranked Lancers showed their worth for 25 minutes, the currently state No. 2-rated Mounties maintained their recent dominance over PCC with a 67-51 triumph.
Mt. SAC (23-4 overall) stayed undefeated at 11-0 in capturing its 12th consecutive conference title with two games left on the schedule. The Lancers (19-7) fell to 8-3 in the SCC North and lost their ninth straight meeting against Walnut's best dating back to 2011.
PCC used the inspired play of freshman post player Bailey Williams, who took advantage of a rare start, by scoring 10 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking three shots. Williams was 4-for-4 from the field in the first half and was a defensive force as the Lancers rebounded from a 15-5 deficit to take a 26-24 halftime lead.
The Lancers increased the margin to 35-30 on a steal and layup by Skai Thompson 3:02 into the second half. From that point on, PCC struggled offensively. The Mounties went on a 17-4 run, including two driving baskets by Johnea Thompson, to take a 47-39 lead. PCC never got within six over the final nine minutes.
The Lancers' Thompson scored 10 points and added three steals while Tyler Crockom (five rebounds, three assists) and Desiree Loving (six rebounds, three steals) each scored nine points. Center Kaitlyn Parks was limited to five points and five rebounds despite no foul trouble.
Mt. SAC shot extremely well from the field in the second half (61.5 percent, 16 of 26 shots) compared to just 21.9 percent by PCC (30.2 percent overall).
For the Mounties, Thompson scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds. Another key performer was Tahniya Sweatt, who made 8-for-11 on mostly jump shots, as part of her game-high 19 points. Sabrina Norton added 10 points. All three players came off head coach Brian Crichlow's deep bench. The Mt. SAC reserves accounted for 45 of the team's points. The Lancers' bench totaled only eight points.
Coach Joe Peron's Lancers go on the road for their final two regular season games against Los Angeles Trade Tech on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and at El Camino College-Compton Center on Friday, Feb. 21. Both games have 5 p.m. tip-offs.
[Photo--Frosh center Bailey Williams takes the jumper during the Lancers loss to Mt. SAC Friday at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 02/15/2014