Lady Eagle Basketball Team Wins Championship at Chaffey Tourney
The MSJC women's basketball team won their third straight tournament of the season as they won three games over the weekend at the Panther Pride Tournament held at Chaffey College.
The Lady Eagles opened the tournament on Friday with a 78-50 win over Skyline. MSJC jumped out to a 30-13 lead after the first quarter and led 52-28 at the half on their way to victory. Delacy Brown led MSJC with a game high 26 points. Randi Johnson added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the win while Crystal Malveaux had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists. Nokomis Cabrera came off the bench to add 9 points for the Lady Eagles.
In Saturday's semi-final game MSJC defeated previously unbeaten LA Trade Tech 72-65. The Lady Eagles once again started quickly building a 23-12 lead after one quarter, but never could pull away as Trade Tech narrowed the gap to five at the half. Malveaux and Brown both had 17 points in the victory with Brown pulling down 11 rebounds and Malveaux 7. Randi Johnson also had a double double with 12 points and 11 boards. Kristian Dewitt came off the bench to hit double figures in scoring with 10.
Sunday's championship game saw the Lady Eagles have to make their first comeback of the season as they fell behind Saddleback by seven at the half before rallying to win 67-60. Johnson and Malveaux both had double double's in the game as Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Malveaux scored 12 and grabbed 10 boards. Brown added 18 for MSJC and Jaquel Quest added some much needed defense in the second half to help secure the victory.
For their efforts over the weekend Brown earned All Tournament honors and Johnson was named the tourney's MVP.
The Lady Eagles are now 9-0 on the season, and will be back in action on Saturday night when they host Bakersfield College. Saturday's game will tip off at 5 pm.
MSJC's Randi Johnson averaged a double double over the weekend to help the Lady Eagles basketball team to three wins and the Championship of the Chaffey Panther Pride Tournament. For her efforts Johnson was named MVP of the tournament. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).