By Dan Gudino
The women’s basketball team was seconds away from winning its first state championship in school history, but lost to Mount San Antonio College 57-55 at Los Positas College on Sunday.
The Huskies had an opportunity with 1.4 seconds in the game for a final shot, but did not get a shot off before the buzzer.
East Los Angeles College, the state runner-up, lost to MSAC for the third time this year.
MSAC claimed its seventh state title in school history, matching Ventura College for the most in state history.
The Huskies went into halftime with a 17-point lead that was blown through the second half.
“We knew every team basketball, not just Mt. SAC can come back and make a run. A 20-point lead in the NBA means nothing, just like at this level. We answered when they came back and led, by seven again, then once again, we had the lead with 18 seconds.We fought hard,” ELAC head coach Bruce Turner said.
MSAC sophomore guard, Tahniya Sweatt, drained a jump shot with 18 seconds to go to give MSAC the lead.
“To be here five years in a row is already tough. To have the opportunity to get back and avenge a two-year period where we lost a (finals) game, it’s a wonderful thing. I’m proud of these girls,” MSAC head coach Brian Crichlow said.
The trip to Livermore for the Huskies came as a Tiffani Martinez. They played like seniors at a four-year school. It’s amazing because we just got them last August and for them to progress this far is truly remarkable,” Turner said.
After the game, Allissa Gomez and sophomore forward Jessica Sanchez were selected to join the final four “All Tournament” team.
“It feels good to be mentioned even though we didn’t get the win. I’m just so happy about our team. We’re hard fighters, we didn’t give up and we played as best as we can. I really want to be back in the championship,” Gomez said.
Gomez led the Huskies with a team-high 13 points.
Expectations for next year are high. For the returning players the talk was redemption and getting another shot at state.
“I do want another shot at the state championship next year. Coach and I have already talked about it,” ELAC freshman Anastasia Tsybaeva said.
Martinez this year made the All South Coast Conference North first Team.“We’re going to win state. We’re only losing four sophomores and we’ll fill in those spots because we’re getting more talent,” Martinez said
Yasmine Tweedy, Destiny Lea, Saray Rivera, Jessica Sanchez and Jasmine Gates finished their basketball careers at ELAC this season. .
“It was a five-star experience. The experience was second to none. Being two points away from a championship was intense. I’ll never forget this team, ever,” Jasmine Gates said.