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4th Annual Panther Pride Tournament

December 5-7, 2014


Day One
Game One: Fullerton College 71 Barstow College 47
In the opening contest of the 2014 Panther Pride Invitational Fullerton College (6-0) took advantage of seven more turnovers by Barstow (3-6) in a 71-47 victory. The Hornets outscored the Vikings 30-19 in points off turnovers, and turned a two-point halftime lead into a rout in the second half. Noelle Cobb had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Fullerton, while Kelli Calton added 14 and 6. Barstow was paced by Chantal Jacobs’ 11 points.

Game Two: Irvine Valley College 54 Mt. San Jacinto College 47
Irvine Valley (4-1) built up a nine-point 29-20 lead at the break and never looked back against Mt. San Jacinto (5-2) in the second contest of the day. The Lasers outscored the Eagles 22-14 in the paint, five of six free-throws down the stretch to keep Mt. San Jacinto at bay. Jordan Coleman and Conerie Brennan each had a team high 10 points for the Lasers, while Breanna Turner reeled in 11 boards. Sarina Johnson had 14 for the Eagles, with Kenyetta Fugate hauling in 10 rebounds.

Game Three: Saddleback College 67 Citrus College 59
Saddleback College (4-3) led by as much as 14 points midway through second half over Citrus College (2-3), but the Owls nearly executed the comeback pulling to within two with 2:46 to go. The Gauchos would settle in at the charity stripe over the closing minutes, and forced Citrus into four turnovers in their final six possessions to close out the contest. Saddleback’s bench would outscore the Owls 42-11 in the contest. 23 of those 42 points were courtesy of Deja Brooks, who also handed out six assists. Citrus’ Tyvette White would finish with 18.

Game Four: Chaffey College 54 Southwestern College 49
In the final game of the night, host Chaffey College (1-5) picked up their first victory of the season with a five point win over Southwestern College. The Panthers held the Jaguars to just 18.7% shooting from the floor and 10.7% shooting from beyond the 3-point arc in the win. Chelsea Waddy-Blow finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Chaffey, while Southwestern was paced by Taylor Smalley’s 18 points.

Day Two
Game One: (Consolation Game #1):Mt. San Jacinto College 81 Barstow College 54
Mt. San Jacinto (6-2) cruised to the Consolation Championship Game on Saturday afternoon with a 81-54 win over Barstow (3-7). The Eagles closed out the first half on a 19-7 run to take a 42-26 into the break. The Vikings never made it close in the second half. The Eagles shot 45.8% from the floor while holding Barstow to under 22% shooting and outrebounded them 60-32. Sabrina Johnson ended up with a game high 18 points in the win. Barstow was paced by Da’Netra Pollard’s team high 11.

Game Two: (Consolation Game #2): Citrus College 57 Southwestern College 50
Citrus (3-3) avenged an earlier season loss to Southwestern (4-4) with a seven point win on Saturday afternoon. Janae Chamois went 4 from 6 from three and scored a game high 20 points to lead the Owls. The two schools traded the lead back and forth a few times in the first half, but it was a Chamois three in the waning seconds that gave Citrus a three point lead at the break. In the second half, Citrus never relinquished the lead to the Jaguars. For Southwestern Anessa Wolfblack had a team high 13 points off the bench.

Game Three: (Semi-Final Game #1): Irvine Valley College 67 Fullerton College 48
In an Orange Empire Conference preview, Irvine Valley (5-1) flexed some early muscle by handing Fullerton (6-1) their first loss of the 2014-2015 season. The Lasers dominated the paint outscoring the Hornets 28-8 in the middle. IVC lead wire to wire, shooting 44.6% from the floor compared to a 28.8% shooting effort for Fullerton. Breanna Turner and Tara Casey each had 16 for the Lasers, while Turner added 14 boards. Fullerton’s Kelli Calton had a game high 19 points.

Game Four: (Semi-Final Game #2): Saddleback College 64 Chaffey College 61
The best game of the night was saved for the last as Saddleback (5-3) got a jumper in the paint with three seconds left from Danielle Munson to hand the Gauchos their last and final lead of the night 62-61. Chaffey (1-6) who made a valiant effort on the night, couldn’t convert on their next trip down the floor and an ensuing foul and two free-throws gave Saddleback a three point advantage. In a wild contest, that saw seven ties and seven lead changes, Chaffey’s Chelsea Waddy-Blow led all scorers with 26 points and 10 boards. Saddleback’s Deja Brooks led Saddleback with 24 points, while Munson reeled in a game high 12 boards.

Day Three
Game One (Consolation Championship): Mt. San Jacinto College 66 Citrus College 56
Mt. San Jacinto College (7-2) opened up Sunday's contest with a 17-2 run and never looked back against Citrus (3-4). The Owls didn't score their first field goal until midway through the first half, and despite a strong second half effort never got their deficit to less than seven. The lone highlight for Citrus was that they hit their first 21 shots from the charity stripe. For Mt. San Jacinto, DeShea Wilkes had a game high 18 points. Citrus was paced by Janae Chamois' 13 points. Wilkes was named to the All-Tournament team.

Game Two (3rd Place Game): Fullerton College 74 Chaffey College 39
After a spirited pair of efforts on Friday and Saturday, Chaffey (1-7) ran out of gas in their final game of the weekend. Fullerton shot 47.7% from the floor and committed 11 fewer turnovers than the Panthers. Fullerton's Noelle Cobb had a game high 18 points, while Chaffey was paced by Danisha Spivey's 12 points off the bench. Cobb was named All-Tournament.

Game Three (Championship Game): Irvine Valley College 63 Saddleback College 56
In the final game of the weekend, Irvine Valley (6-1) built up a 12 points halftime lead and staved off a late Saddleback (5-4) charge to grab the Panther Pride Championship. Breanna Turner had 19 points and 18 boards for the Lasers, while Tara Casey added 12. For Saddleback, was led by Deja Brooks' game high 30 and Danielle Munson's second straight double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. Turner was named the Tournaments MVP, while Casey and teammate Jordan Coleman were named All-Tournament selections. Brooks and Munson were both All-Tournament honorees for Saddleback.

Tournament MVP
Breanna Turner - Irvine Valley College

All-Tournament Team
Tara Casey - Irvine Valley College
Jordan Coleman - Irvine Valley College
Deja Brooks - Saddleback College
Danielle Munson - Saddleback College
Noelle Cobb - Fullerton College
DeShea Wilkes - Mt San Jacinto College

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