November 30 - December 2, 2012
Game One: #19 Mt. San Jacinto College 65 Glendale College 26
In the opening game of the 2012 Panther Pride Tournament, State #19 Mt. San Jacinto College dismantled Glendale College. The Eagles started off slow leading by just five points with 5:50 to go in the first half, but San Jacinto scored 11 of the final 13 points of the half to go into the break up 26-12. In the second half it was all Mt. San Jacinto. The Eagles didn’t allow a Vaquero field goal until over 10 minutes had gone by in the second half. Meanwhile, Mt. San Jacinto opened the half 20-2 run. In the end, the Eagles won by 39. Sophomre Kerah Natividad (Citrus Hills HS) had a game high 16 points for the Eagles, while sophomore Faith Fantroy (Southwest HS [NE]) had seven points, eight assists, and three steals. For Glendale, freshman Olivia Ochoa (Roosevelt HS) had a team high 10 points.
Game Two: Irvine Valley College 61 Imperial Valley College 34
SoCal #15 Irvine Valley College took care of business against Imperial Valley College in the opening round of the 2012 Panther Pride Tournament on Friday. After taking a 32-17 lead at the break, the Lasers outscored the Arabs 29-17 in the final 20 minutes to grab the 27 point victory. Irvine Valley forced 25 turnovers, scoring 18 points off those 25 turnovers. Sophomore Shomari McCorkle (Villa Park HS) led Irvine Valley with 12 points and five boards. Sophomore Dominique Santos (Canyons HS) had a game high 17 points for the Lasers off the bench. Both freshman Andrea Farias (Calexico HS) and sophomore Sophia Leyva (Calexico HS) had nine points for Imperial Valley in the loss.
Game Three: Saddleback College 55 Barstow College 52
The #13 ranked team in the SoCal Coaches Pre-Season Poll, Saddleback College, outlasted a tough opponent in Barstow on Friday evening. The game featured 10 lead changes, and 10 ties, the last of which occurred with 1:06 to go when a Barstow jumper knotted the game up at 51 all. The Gauchos got a pair of free-throws and then a lay-up in the final minute to go back on top as they won by three. Saddleback was paced by 11 points each from freshman Myishia Watkins (Mount Miguel HS) and freshman Brooke Wright (Hillsborough HS [NC]). For Barstow, freshman BreAnne Fraser (Foothill HS [NV]) had a team high 13 points to go along with four assists, no turnovers, and no steals.
Game Four: #9 Chaffey College 65 Citrus College 51
The #9 ranked team in the State according to the pre-season coaches polls overcame a sloppy start to overcome the previously undefeated Owls. Citrus scored nine points of the game, and Chaffey didn’t score a field goal until 14:54 left in the second half. The Panthers proved why they’re so highly rated though, as they tied the game up with 8:41 left in the half and took the lead with just over eight minutes to go. Citrus would come back to tie it up three more times before the break, but Chaffey answered each time and went into halftime up 27-24. Citrus would hand around in the second half, pulling to within six with 6:56 left on the clock, but the Panthers scored the final eight points of the game and held the Owls scoreless over that span. For Chaffey, everyone who played scored. The Panthers were led by sophomore Malika Fofana (Hesperia HS) who had a game high 16 points off the bench. Three other Chaffey players, Ja’Lisa Gatlin (Summit HS), Bree Ball (Roosevelt HS), and Brittany Richardson (Sultana HS) all had eight points. For Citrus, four Owls finished in double figures, but they couldn’t overcome 32 turnovers. Citrus was paced by freshman Jaelyn Wilson (Colony HS) and her 12 points and 7 boards.
Game One: Glendale College 46 Imperial Valley College 41
In the first consolation game of the day, the Vaqueros of Glendale (2-5) overcame a 19 point deficit early to claim the victory. Imperial Valley (1-6) stormed out of the gates scoring the first 19 points of the contest, but Glendale refused to go away, holding Imperial to just six points over the final ten minutes of the first half and scoring 21 of their own to go into the break, down 25-21. In the second half, Glendale continued to build on their momentum taking their first lead a little over two minutes into the half. Imperial tied it back up, but Glendale scored on their next possession and never looked back going on to win by five. In the win, the Vaqueros were led by freshman Lana Haddad (Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) who posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds, both team highs. For Imperial Valley, sophomore Sophia Leyva (Calexico HS) had a game high 15 points.
Game Two: Citrus College 62 Barstow College 48
The Owls (4-1) rallied after suffering their first setback of the year last night, by taking out Barstow (3-5) in the second consolation game of the day. Citrus scored eight of the first ten points of the game, and pushed their 20 points three separate times throughout the first half. In the second half, the Owls led by as much as 21 points, but the Vikings whittled their lead all the way down to 11 points with 3:29 go. Citrus went on to score seven of the final 11 points though as they held on for a 14 point win. Freshman Olivia Montgomery (Long Beach Poly HS) came off the bench to score a game high 18 points for Citrus, while sophomore Ella Rodriguez (Walnut HS) nearly had a triple double with eight points, eight assists, and 10 rebounds. For Barstow, sophomore Ashley Watkins (Silverado HS) finished the Vikings weekend with 18 points.
Game Three: #19 Mt. San Jacinto College 72 Irvine Valley College 55
The #19 ranked team in the State, Mt. San Jacinto (7-0), continued to roll on Saturday evening with a 17 point win over the Lasers (4-3) who were ranked #15 in the SoCal Pre-Season Poll. The Eagles quickly opened up an eight point lead, and continued to build on it in the first half going up by as much as 12 with just under four minutes to go in the first half before settling in with a 10 point halftime lead. In the second half, Mt. San Jacinto continued to pull away from Irvine Valley leading by as much as 25 points with just over seven minutes to go. The Lasers never got it to less than 17 at that point, as the Eagles cruised into the Championship Game for the second straight year. For Mt. San Jacinto, sophomore Tina Fantroy (Southwest HS [NE]) had a game 23 points. She also added 10 rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Her sister also a sophomore, Faith Fantroy (Southwest HS [NE]) nearly had a triple double, scoring 12 points, handing out seven assists, and grabbing nine boards. Sophomore Destiny Melton (Birmingham HS) rounded out the Mt. San Jacinto superlatives with a game high 16 rebounds to go along with 13 points. For Irvine Valley, sophomore Shomari McCorkle (Villa Park HS) had a team high 19 points.
Game Four: #9 Chaffey College 69 Saddleback College 62
Chaffey (4-1) opened the game up the opposite of how they started on Friday night as they came out with a 13-1 run to start the game. Saddleback (5-5) didn’t go away quietly though, despite missing their first 10 shots and not getting a field goal until 12:16 was left in the first half. The Gauchos scratched their way back in pulling within five at 19-14 and then keeping it close the remainder in the half, as Chaffey went into the break up just 28-26. In the second half the Panthers came out like they did in the first with a 13-1 run. Chaffey built up a 19 point lead with over eight minutes to go, but the Gauchos battled back again cutting the lead to five with 1:13 left in the contest. Chaffey answered back with two free-throws with 35 seconds to go and two more with 16 seconds to go though to seal the victory. Sophomore Malika Fofana (Hesperia HS) led the way with a game high 21 points off the bench. Fofana reeled in seven boards. Sophomore Ja’Lisa Gatlin (Summit HS) hauled in a team high nine rebounds for the Panthers, and freshman Brittany Richardson (Sultana HS) handed out a team high 8 assists. For Saddleback, sophomore Karla Roacha-Cota led the way with a team high 16 points and a game high 16 rebounds.
Game One (Consolation Championship): Citrus College 51 Glendale College 36
Citrus College (5-1) overcame a terrible first half shooting performance (4 for 22, 18.2%) and held off a pesky Glendale College (2-6) squad. The Owls held the lead from the tip, but Glendale kept it close to a zone that thwarted Citrus’ shooting. At the half, Citrus led just 17-13, the lowest scoring output for a half by the Owls this season. Things began to fall in place though for Citrus midway through the second half, and the Owls pulled away late taking their largest lead of 19 points with just over two minutes to go on their way to the Consolation Championship title. Sophomore Ella Rodriguez (Walnut HS) led the way for Citrus with with a game high 17 points and game high 9 rebounds. Freshman Jaelyn Wilson (Colony HS) added nine points and seven boards as she was named to the All-Tournament team for her play throughout the weekend. For Glendale, Olivia Ochoa (Roosevelt HS) had a team high 13 points in the loss.
Game Two (Third Place Game): Irvine Valley College 61 Saddleback College 56
Irvine Valley College (5-4) led by as much as 14 points early in the second half, but Saddleback (5-6) nearly came back, taking a brief lead 44-43 with 9:39 to go. The two teams traded the lead back and forth until Irvine Valley took it back for good late. The Lasers didn’t score a field goal over the final five minutes of the contest, but took care of business at the free-throw line where they were 27 of 37 for the game. Sophomore Amber Wharton (Murrieta Valley HS) had her best game of the weekend scoring a game high 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Shomari McCorckle (Villa Park HS) had 10 points and eight rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament team. For Saddleback, Myishia Watkins (Mount Miguel HS) had a tema high 14 points and a game high seven steals.
Game Three (Championship Game): #19 Mt. San Jacinto College 83 #9 Chaffey College 76
In the Championship Game of the 2012 Panther Pride Tournament, the Eagles of Mt. San Jacinto (8-0) repeated as the tournament’s champions. Chaffey (4-2) scored the first points of the game, but that would be their only lead in the contest. The Eagles used their fast paced offense, outscoring the Panthers 17-2 in the first half on fast breaks to build up as large as an 18 point with 4:26 to go in the first frame. In the second half, Chaffey cut the lead all the way down to four with 1:56 to go, but the Eagles kept Chaffey at arms length for the victory. All-Tournament selections from Mt. San Jacinto were Faith Fantroy (Southwest HS [NE]) who had seven points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Kerah Natividad (Citrus Hills HS) was also an All-Tournament selection for the Eagles as she had 11 points and 10 rebounds. For Chaffey, Ja’Lisa Gatlin (Summit HS) and Malifka Fofana (Hesperia HS) were both All-Tournament selections. Gatlin had 12 points, 5 boards, and four assists, while Fofana scored 20 points and ripped down nine boards in the loss.
Tina Fantroy - Mt. San Jacinto
Faith Fantroy - Mt. San Jacinto
Kerah Natividad- Mt. San Jacinto
Ja'Lisa Gatlin - Chaffey
Malika Fofana - Chaffey
Shomari McCorckle - Irvine Valley
Jaelyn Wilson - Citrus