By Tadzio Garcia
The women’s basketball team recorded a rare victory over Pasadena City College, 78-70, in a key South Coast Conference game at East Los Angeles College, last Friday.
ELAC sophomore guard Keyanna Johnson led all scorers with 27 points and as a result, is the SCC’s No. 3 top scorer with an average of 17.1 points per game. Johnson also pulled down five rebounds, had seven steals, five assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line.
Other ELAC standouts include Jamie Robinson with 10 points, six rebounds and five steals. Dorian Quinones came through with 10 points and was 4-for-4 from the line. Antineisha Hill scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Aires McCarther nabbed five defensive rebounds and added three assists.
Tops for PCC were Marquetta Stokes with 18 points, six rebounds. Stella Ghazarian scored 17 points with 15 coming from 3-point baskets. Tiffany Thompson put up 13 points, with 11 from the line, and six assists. Destinee Sellers scored 10 points and hustled in 9 rebounds.
PCC got as close as five points, 43-38, at 16:54 left in the game. At 15:55, Johnson scored two points putting the Huskies up 45-38. The Huskies defense kept PCC at bay while scoring baskets by Jamie Robinson and Johnson, posting a 51-38 lead.
PCC’s Stella Ghazarian scored two 3-point shots midway through the second half pulling the Lancers within eight points each time. The Huskies responded with double digit leads. The Lancers closed out the scoring with the last five points.
ELAC blasted out the door running to a 9-2 lead, increasing to a 27-9 lead at 9:27 of the first half. The Lancers went on a 9-0 run and at 5:53 pulled within 9 points. The Lancers outscored ELAC 13-12 down the stretch. ELAC lead 39-31 at the half.
ELAC shot 73.5% from the line, scored more points in the paint, 32-18, and outscored PCC 31-20 with points off turnovers. PCC had 29 turnovers. PCC outscored the Huskies 18-3, off 3-point baskets.
The win, in front of 100, leaves ELAC alone in 3rd place in SCC play at 5-2 (15-4 overall). The Huskies are a half-game in front of Long Beach City College (13-4 overall, 5-3). PCC (9-10, 3-4) is tied for fourth place with El Camino College (10-6, 3-4).
ELAC travels to El Camino College Compton Center tomorrow at 5 p.m. ECC Compton beat Los Angeles Trade Tech College, 63-54, last Friday.