The women’s basketball team traveled 189 miles north to the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and finished with two wins and two losses during the Tom Gilcrest Invitational over the weekend.
The four-game tournament was the longest tournament that Pasadena has participated in in recent memory.
Fresh off a 93-46 win over Desert, the Lancers were high on spirit and looking to build on the momentum of their second largest margin of victory on the season.
PCC defeated Sacramento City College 58-54 in their first game of the tournament. The Lancers were led by freshman forward Jolene Robinson who scored 8 of her 11 points in the first quarter alone allowing the Lancers to go on a 11-4 run in the first three and a half minutes of the contest.
After spending the first seven games of the season as the back-up to Krystin Nakamura, Robinson was inserted into the starting line-up for defensive purposes for her height and long arms.
Despite losing a 13-point lead and trailing by three at halftime, Pasadena capitalized on Panthers turnovers by cashing in 24 points on their mistakes.
The tweaked starting lineup proved to be paying dividends as the Lancers scored 34 of their 58 points inside the paint and forced 29 turnovers.
Five of Pasadena’s 13 steals on the game were in the fourth quarter, which proved to be the difference maker.
PCC then ran into a bump in the road and fell to San Joaquin Delta on the second day of the tournament, 64-58.
“We lacked intensity and were inconsistent,” said center Kailyn Gideon.
Despite being undersized against the opposition, the Mustangs were able to make baskets at a high percentage. Three starters reached double figures in points.
The Lancers, on the other hand, were struggling to get shots to fall in. The starters combined for just 9 field goals on 37 shots. Pasadena’s best player, freshman point guard Judith Espinoza shot 1-for-11 from the field and had 10 of the team’s 18 turnovers.
“This is the worst game I have ever played in my basketball career,” said Espinoza.
The only bright spot was Chy’Annea Hodges who posted 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.
As Pasadena progressed in the 16-team double-elimination tournament over the weekend, the Lancers faced Ventura and avenged their 68-61 loss in late November by beating the Pirates, 62-57.
Unlike their game versus San Joaquin Delta, PCC had better shot selection as they attempted fewer three pointers and were able to convert their shots at a high rate.
The Lancers played as a cohesive unit and kept their composure.
Pasadena led by 9 points at the half and had a 39-28 lead to start the second half before Ventura went on a surge with a 16-4 run to close out the third quarter.
With 1:26 remaining in regulation and Ventura clinging on to a 57-56 edge, Pasadena made a shot on the next possession to regain the lead.
The Pirates then collapsed and sunk their own ship as they committed a pair of turnovers and then, missed a shot and crucial free throws in the waning seconds of the match.
PCC concluded the tournament with a 50-46 loss to Cerritos on Sunday as their attempted comeback from a 11-point deficit with 6:27 left to play in the fourth fell short.
The Lancers were as dry as a desert from three-point land, missing all 11 shot attempts and were overwhelmed by the Falcons bench as they poured in 25 points.
Coach Joe Peron took the blame upon himself for the loss and said that he should have drawn a better play with Pasadena down by one with 28 seconds to play.
“I called the wrong play down the stretch and I apologize to the team for that,” said Peron.
Pasadena will look to rebound on Dec. 17 when they take on Victor Valley.