Lady Eagles take gold from Olympians

MSJC women’s basketball dominated against visiting San Diego Mesa last Friday night, 126 – 37

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Kaila Gower attempting a three-pointer, last Friday.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

This year, being an Olympic year (in a much more professional context), the prospect of facing any Olympian can seem daunting. But as the Mt. San Jacinto Lady Eagles faced the Olympians from San Diego Mesa College for a game of basketball last Friday, they were cool, calm and collected. MSJC had thirteen players ready to go, versus Mesa’s eight.
The Eagles easily nabbed the first two points of the game, but that was only the beginning. After one quarter, the Lady Eagles already had a 15-point lead over the Olympians, 29-14.
In the second quarter, MSJC dropped in a whopping 35 points! The Olympians, struggling to live up to their team name, brought in a not-so-massive three points. One had to assume it was in the bag for MSJC going into halftime, 64-17.
The third quarter saw even more Eagle dominance from MSJC, whereas the Olympians still struggled to gain traction. Gameplay got dirty, with tugs-of-war breaking out on several occasions. But after picking up 42 points versus Mesa’s 11, it was clear who had cleaned up.
In the last quarter, it was obvious the Olympians were panicked. Mesa consistently missed shots and continued tugging at the ball, as MSJC soared into triple-digits territory. The Eagles did stumble briefly toward the end as Mesa scored nine more points, but otherwise had this game pretty much to themselves, winning 126-37.
Leading the scorecard for this game were Britney Thomas with 25 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Delacy Brown who banked 23 points, five rebounds, and five assists, and Kaila Gower with 17 points.
Head Coach Chris Mozga notes that while the scoreboard reflected his team’s effort tonight, there’s still more to do.
“We’re at the point of the season where we’ve got to show we’re getting better,” said Mozga. “We’re trying to figure out some things to make sure we’re getting better as the season goes. A lot of positive things tonight! Our bench kids — they don’t always get to play a lot — did a nice job. So hopefully that’ll add to our depth, as the season goes on.”
And to coincide with the monster win, Lady Eagle Delacy Brown celebrated her 20th birthday that night. She went out to eat with teammates and family, and the menu consisted of…sushi!
“It’s actually my favorite meal to eat,” said Brown. Very honorable food choice.
On that note, the Lady Eagles are doing very honorably, with a 17-1 record this season. The girls will be back in the Eagle Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. for a double-header with the men’s team, when the two teams will meet their respective competition from the Palomar Comets! There’ll be something for everyone to watch; it’s worth seeing how MSJC has cleaned up their gym, at least!

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