The MSJC women's basketball team fell behind 2-0 and then scored 13 of the next 15 points to build a lead that they would not relinquish on their way to a 73-59 win over Irvine Valley in the Southern California Regional Semi-Finals Wednesday night.
The Lady Eagles got off to a fast start by using their transition game and some good first half shooting to build a halftime lead of 34-23. Kerah Natividad was a first half spark for MSJC scoring all 8 of her points in the first 20 minutes. In the second half the Lady Eagles pushed their lead out to 57-42 before Irvine Valley made one last run at closing the gap. With just over 7 minutes remaining in the game IVC closed the gap to 6 points, before Tina Fantroy scored 4 straight points to push the Lady Eagles back ahead by 10. From that point on Irvine could get no closer than 8 points down the stretch.
Tina Fantroy led the MSJC offense with a game high 31 points, she also dished out 5 assists. Destiny Melton added a double double for the Lady Eagles with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Faith Fantroy scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and had 8 assists. Sarai Ware came off the bench to add 9 points for MSJC.
The victory improved the Lady Eagles record to 28-2 on the season and advanced them to the Southern California Regional Finals on Saturday. MSJC will host Moorpark College Saturday at 7 pm. Irvine Valley finishes their season at 21-11.
Mt. San Jacinto College’s Sarai Ware scores up under basket. MSJC Eagles won 73-59 over Irvine Valley College in Regional Semi-Final game Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)