With the two best players on the PCC women’s basketball team not on the court Friday night against ECC Compton, the Lancers would need a solid game from the reserves. Not only did they deliver one, but they eased to a 62-39 victory over the Tartars.
With freshman point guard Judith Espinoza sidelined with a shoulder injury and freshman forward Regerina Baker out on a personal leave following the death of her uncle, the Lancers would need someone else to carry the team during the game.
None other than coach Peron’s niece, Hope Peron, took advantage of the starting point guard position, putting up 10 points and dishing out six assists.
Freshman guard Kyrstin Nakamura had the hot hand throughout the game, knocking down five shots behind the arc and led the team with 16 points.
Freshman guard Ivet Satorian was one of the few bench players who helped the Lancers come away with the victory.
“Collectively we all played together. That is how it should be. We did everything our coach told us to do. We executed and took the W,” said Satorian. “It’s a big win considering these next two games are going to be tough. We hope to finish the season off with a few more wins and hopefully go to the playoffs.”
This was a great win for the Lancers, but there is more to it than that. Head coach Joe Peron reached a career milestone with his 450th career win. In his 19th season at the helm of the PCC women’s basketball team, Peron has another accolade to add to his success here at PCC.
“I’m happy,” Peron said. “We’re just one win closer to the next one.”
In regards to the game, coach Peron was impressed with his team. “We moved the ball and that helped us a lot,” he said. “When we do that, we get a lot of better shots. We gave the other girls a shot and we are happy with that.”
The Lancers improved to 3-2 in conference play and have an overall record of 16-9. They now look to build on this win as they host East Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.