By Dan Gudino
Women’s basketball seeded No.2 was upset by No. 8 seed College of Siskiyous at Las Positas College, 93-81 last Friday. Sophomore Katrina Reeves led all Huskies with 23 points, eight rebounds and two steals.
Sophomore Tiffani Martinez scored 22 points and five rebounds. Martinez went quiet for the second half because she scored 14 of her 22 points in the first half. Martinez led in the SCC-North by making 41.1 percent of her 3-pointers per game.
Sophomore center Gloria Ortiz averaged 10 rebounds per game, the most in the SCC-North. ELAC held a 46-40 lead into the half and right at the start of the second half Siskiyous went on a quick 7-0 run to seize the lead for good.
Siskiyous was the highest scoring team in the state coming into the game. Siskiyous sophomore forward Hannah Thompson finished with a game-high 36 points. ELAC’s sloppy play towards the end of the game allowed Siskiyous to score 22 points off of 19 Husky turnovers.
There was no answer for an inbound play, Siskiyous always ran and caught ELAC off guard, allowing 36 points in the paint for the northern team. ELAC at one point in the ballgame held a 13 point lead.
The Huskies traded the lead back and forth 12 times in the first through third quarter, but Siskiyous held the lead throughout the fourth quarter. ELAC had a hard time covering Thompson as she continued to slip through the Huskies defense towards an open rim. ELAC’s reserves scored a total of 35 points for the Huskies, while Siskiyous reserves scored nine points.
“Throughout the game we didn’t make the defensive adjustments we need too .
Siskiyous executed their offense well, had players who could shoot the ball, which forced us to play defensive,” said Sophomore guard Wuanyei Ah-Hing.
Siskiyous had a twin-sister tandem, sophomores Melissa and Megan Dailey, both combined for 40 points and matched the 11 three-pointers ELAC made.
Husky head coach Bruce Turner will capture his 200th victory sometime next season as he ends his 11th season at ELAC. Women’s basketball w ill b e saying good bye too 11 sophomores, leaving five freshman to build next season’s team.
This year’s team is considered the best women’s team all-time at ELAC finishing with an overall 28-3 team record. Women’s basketball hadn’t lost a game since Jan. 18 against Mt. San Antonio College.
The eventual women’s basketball champion was ELAC’s rival Mount San Antonio, who captured its state record eight title