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Mt. SAC Hoops in Action, Highlighted by the Women’s Team Taking the Fullerton College Tournament Championship

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By Henry Montemayor


Mt SAC women's team

Mt. SAC Women's hoops in tournament action against Cerritos photo credit: Henry Montemayor

FULLERTON –Even the best of teams will face a challenge, whether it be a foe who is faster, smarter than, or is evenly matched with you.

Thursday night, the Mt. SAC women’s basketball team met their match in the Cerritos College Falcons as they scraped out a 61-58 victory in the Championship game of the Fullerton College Holiday tournament.

Mt. SAC had an easy road to the finals, winning in double-figures victories against Santa Monica 78-28 and Moorpark College 73-45.

“The girls played extra hard at times today,” said Mounties head coach Brian Crichlow. “They executed well and made free throws down the stretch, very important.”

Leading 59-58, Mt. SAC made a key defensive stop where Danielle Peacon was fouled in the ensuing play.  She  would make the free throws to seal the
victory for the Mounties 61-58, as Cerritos’ final heave to tie fell just short.

Pecon finished with a double-double, scoring 25 points and 15 rebounds.  She also had four blocks and four steals and was named to the all-tournament team along with Ashley Burchfield.  Morgan Mason added 17 points, along with two blocks and four steals to earn the tournament MVP

“I don’t really like playing a team three times in a season,” Crichlow said, “but if we continue to win against them, I’ll take them.”

Andrina Rendon led three Cerritos players in double figures, finishing with 15 points, two assists, two rebounds and seven steals to earn all-tournament honors. Marissa Rendon added 14 points and three steals, while Armelia Patterson tallied 11 points for the Falcons.

Mt. SAC (13-2, 3-0 South Coast Conference) resumes conference play as they host Pasadena City College Wednesday.  Tip-off is at 5pm.


MT SAN ANTONIO (61)- Danielle Pecon (25), Morgan Mason (17),
Arielle George (5), Leticia Galarza (4), Tatiana Parish (3), Ashley Burchfield
(3) Rachel Williams (2) Shawlina Segovia (2)

CERRITOS COLLEGE (58)-Andrina Rendon (15), Marissa Rendon (14), Armelia Patterson (11), Talor Hixon (9), Regina English (4), Angela Pena (2), Dershawna Staves (2), Diamond Roberts (1)

Darnell Taylor’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with no time remaining helped lift the Saddleback Gauchos over the Mt. SAC Mounties 66-65 Wednesday evening in a non-conference matchup.

Taylor finished with 19 points and five rebounds, including 10 of the final 12 points of the game, but his shot at the buzzer proved to be the stake in the heart of the Mounties who used a 6-0 run of its own to get into position to win the game.

Aaron Brevard added 11 points and two rebounds, while Darren Henchanova tallied nine points- all from behind the arc-along with two rebounds. Alex Worthen-Harris added seven points, including an emphatic dunk which help the Gauchos take a 53-50 lead late into the second half.

Trailing 54-57, Mt SAC’s Darnell Martin stepped up, scoring six unanswered points culminating on a put-back dunk to take the 59-57 lead.  Lavelle McDade
would score the next four points to make the score 65-63 and would make an
important stop as Saddleback threatened to score.

McDade finished with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Garrett Nevels added 11 points, while Ashton Robinson and Corey Allen each tallied 10 points, including three 3-pointers for Robinson.  Overall, Mt. SAC converted 10 shots from behind the arc.

Mt. SAC bounced back Friday night to defeat San Diego City College to get back on the winning track.

Mt. SAC (9-5) begins conference play Wednesday as it hosts Pasadena City College.  Tip off time is 7pm.


SADDLEBACK (66) – Darnell Taylor (19), Aaron Brevard (11), Darren Henchanova (9), Alex Worthen-Harris (7), Miles Green (6), Carlton Hayes (6), Devin Golston (4),  Josiah Thropay (2), Everett Osborne (2)

MT. SAN ANTONIO (65) – Lavelle McDade (13), Garrett Nevels (11), Ashton Robinson (10), Corey Allen (10), Darnell Martin (8), Earvin Ware (5), Taj Spencer (4), Jeffery Nibo (3), Chaz Thomas (1)


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January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm