After losing to Mt. Sac, the women’s basketball team took on LA Trade Tech Friday and secured a dominant 85-46 victory over the visiting Beavers.
“It was more like a redemption for us,” sophomore guard Skai Thompson said. “We had just lost to Mt. Sac and we were angry.” Thompson finished with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Head Coach Joe Peron credits the team’s defense for the 39 point victory. “[It took] us coming back together and playing some defense for the entire game.”
Sophomore center Kaitlyn Parks agreed that defense was the game winner.
“Defense is our main key to our team,” Parks said. “Defense makes offense easier to execute on, so if we have good defense, then we have good offense.”
Parks recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, helping the Lancers dominate inside the paint.
The Lancers’ defense racked up 55 rebounds, 20 steals, one block, and forced the Beavers to turn the ball over 37 times.
Peron was happy with the team’s offense as well.
“Our team is really well-balanced,” Peron said. “I think our score was balanced, too. [There was] quite a few people in double figures.”
Peron praised sophomore point guard Desiree Loving and Parks. Loving contributed four points, three rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a defensive output.
Another player that earned some praise from Peron was freshmen guard Kiara Phillips.
“I was glad to see Kiara Phillips getting the double digits tonight. [She has] been off for a month but she’s getting back in the groove.” Peron said.
Phillips lead the team with 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist in her third game back from an early season injury.