MSJC defeated Pasadena City College in the CCCAA SoCal Regional Round 2 Game on Saturday, 81- 46
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
Just making it to the playoffs can be a monumental task for some sports teams. For teams that do, there is often one team they all have their eyes on. In this case, a lot of women’s basketball teams in Southern California have their eyes on the Lady Eagles of Mt. San Jacinto College.
Going into this second round game of the CCCAA SoCal Regionals as the number three seed and with a season record of 27-2, the Lady Eagles were the team to beat. Even with a record of 18-13 however, the Lady Lancers of Pasadena City thought they could pull it off at MSJC on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 24.
Right away, however, the Lancers struggled against the venerable eagles. Pasadena took in just 4 points in period one, while MSJC took in 23. The Lancers improved in period two, netting 15 points as the Eagles began to lose their footing. But even though MSJC scored just 13 points this period, Pasadena had yet a way to go.
Having recovered from the first half, the Eagles came alive and laid the pressure on the Lancers, adding 21 points to their tally against Pasadena’s 12. The Eagles then made the last push toward finals with 24 more points, while Pasadena only managed 15. With a final score of 81-46, MSJC will now move on to the final round.
Topping the charts in this performance were Britney Thomas who dropped in 26 points. She was followed by Delacy Brown who sank 17 points and four assists. Third was Kaila Gower who dropped in 9 points with 6 assists. Thomas, Brown and Gower each brought in 8 rebounds.
One challenge ahead for the finals is seizing the moment, according to Eagle Karla Johnson. “For us, it’s gonna just be running and just seeing the [openings] on the floor and making sure we’re getting to the right spots and seeing our teammates,” said Johnson. “On the court, we could communicate more.”
Gower says sticking to the script will help, too. “Just following the game plan, really,” she said. “We gotta really push it up and run teams—get easy buckets.”
Win or lose, Johnson says the Eagles are a winning combination both on and off the court. “Everyone gets along off the court, that’s the great thing about this team actually.”
The Lady Eagles now face off against the Lady Warriors of El Camino this Saturday at 7 p.m. Will the Eagles pierce the Warriors’ armor and then land at Stadium Pizza to celebrate? Or will the Warriors be bringing home even more metal to show off? Be there to find out, and then pick up our full coverage next Thursday.
You can find the full CCCAA State playoff bracket at cccaastats.org.