Published : Thursday, January 10, 2013 | 12:15 PM
On a night when the college paid tribute to head coach Joe Peron for his accomplishment of 400 wins in his 17-year career, the Pasadena City College women’s basketball team stretched its winning streak over El Camino College to 23 games with a 72-41 triumph Wednesday.
Peron’s teams have never lost to their South Coast Conference foe from Torrance. El Camino last defeated the Lancers in the 1995-96 season, a year before Peron took over the program.
The Lancers, ranked No. 9 in the state, improved to 12-4 overall and evened its conference mark at 2-2. El Camino fell to 4-9 and 1-4 in SCC games.
In a pre-game ceremony, Peron was joined by retired former head coaches George Terzian, Peron’s PCC coach when Joe was a player from 1981-83 and the winningest men’s basketball coach in PCC history, and Greg Smith, the former women’s head coach and a long-time assistant of Peron during the program’s run of seven straight CCCAA state championship tournament appearances (2004-2010), including the 2009 state title.
Against El Camino, the Lancers won for the eight time this season in limiting an opponent to less than 50 points. Freshman center Kaitlyn Parks, the only Lancer averaging in double figures in both points and rebounds, led four players in double digit scoring as she tallied 18 points and pulled down a team season-high 16 rebounds. Parks was 8-for-12 from the field, scoring most of her buckets in the paint.
Sophomore point guard Shay Jackson added 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Sophomore long-range specialist Stella Ghazarian had 11 points (three 3-pointers) and letterman guard Sabrina Martinez continued to be the team’s top defensive player as she totaled 10 points and five the team’s 13 steals.
Frosh forward Tyler Crockom continues to thrive since inserted into the starting lineup at the San Jose City Lady Jaguar Tournament two weeks ago. Crockom compiled nine points and eight rebounds while frosh forward Sarah Jackson tacked on five points and seven rebounds.
PCC scored 38 of its points on second-chance opportunities thanks to 28 offensive rebounds (59 overall).
The Lancers led 14-12 before outscoring the Warriors, 16-4, in the final 10 minutes of the first half in taking a commanding 30-16 halftime lead. With 12:05 left in the game, Sarah Jackson’s three-point play (fouled on a layup plus free throw) put the game squarely away at 49-27.
On Friday, PCC visits Los Angeles Southwest College in a 7 p.m. conference tip-off.
LADY LANCERS NOTES: Parks is averaging 10.9 points and 10 rebounds through 16 contests. The next best Lancer scorer is Shay Jackson at 9.2 per game while Ghazarian, who is shooting just 27.6 percent from long distance, has been limited to an 8.9 points average. . .The game was the first time the women’s team played on the newly resurfaced and painted Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium center floor. . .In another first, the game marked the first time in PCC’s 27-year history in the SCC that the women’s game was the second half of the doubleheader with the men.