The Lancers women’s basketball team defeated visiting Cerritos College, 59-42, Wednesday with a dominating performance on defense.
“We’ve been focusing on defense so much in practice that we executed that well,” sophomore guard Tyler Crockom said. Crockom led the team with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists, and one steal.
Although the Lancers were outrebounded by the visiting Falcons, 44-32, they pressured the Falcons mercilessly up and down the court. With their full court pressure defense, the Lancers’ recorded 14 steals and forced the Falcons to turn the ball over 29 times.
Sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks echoed Crockom’s comments. “Our defense was amazing,” Parks said. “We’ve been working on that a lot in practice this week.”
Parks finished the game with seven points, three rebounds, and two steals.
With 16:41 remaining in the first half, the Lancers took the lead, 6 to 4, and never looked back.
Sophomore forward Brandi DuBose received a hard pass under the basket and made the pivotal shot that started a 6-1 Lancers run. Crockom followed with an inside shot for two points to help extend the Lancers’ lead. In a one minute span, the Lancers propelled their lead to 10 points, 17-7.
Sophomore guard Skai Thompson was a force on defense, recording a team-high five steals, 11 points and four rebounds in the victory.
“We came out hard and gave it to them as soon as possible to set the tone,” Crockom added.
Head Coach Joe Peron said that he was pretty satisfied with the Lancers’ performance in first half, but he wanted to raise the level of hustle in the second half. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen for the Lancers.
After leading at halftime 38-19, the Lancers would only score 21 points in the second half and commit five times as many turnovers.
“I think (our play) went down from the first half,” Peron said. “The second half wasn’t up to par.”
“We have to learn how to execute games, finish games, and keep driving up their throat,” Parks said.
The No. 5 ranked Lancers will look to keep their four-game win streak alive as they head to Long Beach to play the No. 3 ranked Long Beach City College Vikings on Friday. Tip off begins at 5 pm.