Women's Basketball Team Takes Second at State
The MSJC women's basketball team beat Santa Rosa Junior College on Saturday 63-58, but were tripped up in the state title game on Sunday losing to Mt. San Antonio College 54-41 at Consumes River College in Sacramento.
The Lady Eagles won their state semi-final game Saturday night behind strong defense and a second half run that propelled them to victory. Tina Fantroy scored 23 of her game high 30 points in the second half to help MSJC erase a 12 point deficit. Fantroy also added 9 rebounds and 6 steals for the Lady Eagles. Kerah Natividad added a double double with16 points and a team high 10 rebounds. Gina Fernandez helped keep the Lady Eagles in the game early with all 8 of her points in the first half. Faith Fantroy finished the game with 6 points and 6 assists.
In Sunday's State Championship game both MSJC and Mt. SAC struggled for offense in the first half and went to the locker room tied at 17 a piece. In the second half the scoring picked up some as the Mounties built a 38-30 lead with just over 9 minutes to play. Tina Fantroy then scored the game's next 10 points to give MSJC the lead one last time at 40-38 with just under 6 minutes to play. The Lady Eagles then went cold and did not make another field goal in the game as Mt. SAC scored 16 straight points down the stretch for the win. The Mounties shot 18 for 19 from the foul line in the game compared to the Lady Eagles 7 for 18 performance. Tina Fantroy again was the game's top scorer with 24 points. Natividad and Destiny Melton both grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
Tina Fantroy and Melton were named the the All Tournament Team for their efforts in the two games. The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 30-3 overall record. The 30 wins are a new school record and this was MSJC's first appearance in the state title game. Mt. SAC finished the year 34-0 and won the State title for the second straight season and 6th time in the last 10 years.
Tina Fantroy (right) scored 54 points in two games at the State Final Four in Sacramento as she led her team to a state runner-up finish, she was named to the All Tournament Team. MSJC team members (left) gather after their victory over Santa Rosa in the state Semi-Finals. (photos courtesy of Jason Boggs CCCAA).