Lady Eagle Basketball Team Splits Final Two of Lions Club Tourney

The MSJC women's basketball team wrapped up their weekend going 2-1 in the San Jacinto Lion's Club Tip-Off Tournament, beating Antelope Valley on Saturday and falling to Palomar on CarlaJohnsonLayup-forlionsclub-17.jpg

The Lady Eagles had a slow start on Saturday night in the tournament semi-finals before rallying to out score Antelope Valley 38-16 in the second and third quarters on their way to a 68-45 win.  Delacy Brown led the offense with 22 points while Britney Thomas had a big game with 19 points and 19 rebounds to go along with 3 blocked shots.  Marissa Williams added 6 points and 6 rebounds while both Maddie Morrow and Kaila Gower had 7 rebounds a piece.

Sunday's championship team featured the Lady Eagles and Palomar, two perennial powers in the State, who entered the season as the #2 and #4 ranked team in the pre-season CCCWBCA poll.  MSJC took control of the game in the second quarter building a lead that reached 19 points, before a strong comeback by the Comets cut the lead to 5 at the half.  The Lady Eagles would continue to hold on to the lead until the 4:21 mark of the game when Palomar connected on a three point basket off a missed free throw to take their first lead of the game at 61-60.  MSJC had chances, but could not get a key basket down the stretch and the Comets held on to win 69-66.  Thomas led the Lady Eagle offense with 24 points she also had 15 rebounds, Carla Johnson added 13 points and Morrow added 11 points and 6 assists.  MSJC out rebounded Palomar 61-37, but couldn't convert on many of their offensive boards.

With the loss MSJC falls to 2-1 on the season while Palomar improved to 4-0.  The Lady Eagles return to action on Thursday when they take on Irvine Valley in the first round of the Saddleback Tournament.  Tip-off Thursday is set for 3 pm.

MSJC's Carla Johnson scores 2 of her 13 points Sunday in the Championship game of the San Jacinto Lion's Club Tournament, but it wasn't enough as the #2 ranked Lady Eagles came up short against #4 Palomar 69-66.  (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).