Lady Eagles slay the Warriors

Mt. San Jacinto’s Women’s Basketball Team took the CCCAA Regional title from El Camino College, 81-67

Photos by Corey Evan
Carla Johnson (right), defends against El Camino’s Jenna Krynen (left).

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

Mom often told us to never play ball in the house, but the Mt. San Jacinto College gymnasium is no ordinary house. Also, it’s been raining. What better house for the Lady Eagles basketball team to host the El Camino Lady Warriors for the CCCAA Regional Finals?
Britney Thomas took the first 2 points for the Eagles, and MSJC got off to a flying start. The Eagles scored 9 points before the Warriors took any stabs at them. After one period, they had a 9-point lead over El Camino (23-14).
The Warriors took advantage of a few Eagle slip-ups to add pressure, but at halftime they were still down by ten with a score of 45-35, MSJC in the lead.
El Camino shot 19 points in period three and came close to overtaking the Eagles, who scored just 11 points in the same period.
After meeting with a very animated Coach Chris Mozga, the Eagles recovered from their downturn and scored 25 more points to put the Warriors behind them 81-67. This was definitely an improvement over 2017, when the Eagles lost to Mt. San Antonio on the road.
The top three scorers for MSJC were:

Coach Chris Mozga emphasizes the importance of sticking to the game plan before fourth period.

– Britney Thomas, who sank 27 points and 14 rebounds
– Delacy Brown, who brought in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, and…
– Alyssa Walton, who scored 7 points and 7 rebounds

For El Camino, the top three were:

– Kayla Bibb, who scored a respectable 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
– Amiete Nyingifa, who laid a dozen points on her Warriors, with 8 rebounds
– And Hunter Noa, who scored 10 points with 3 rebounds.

Britney Thomas, whose cousin Miyuki came to watch tonight, certainly felt redeemed after the comeback. “It feels great!” Exclaimed Thomas. “When we played my freshman year, we lost [in the Elite Eight to East LA] so I can’t explain my feeling.”
Delacy Brown described the challenge ahead as keeping everyone active in the game, and sticking to the game plan. “Sometimes we have a little struggle with that, but if we get our heads together we’ll be able to do it,” said Brown.
The Lady Eagles now have a season total of 29-2, while the Warriors went home with a final tally of 21-7.
MSJC will now advance to the CCCAA State Final Eight in Ventura, which starts today and runs through Sunday. Will the Lady Eagles bring the state title back to the nest? We can only hope so.

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