Lady Eagles Basketball Team Wins High Desert Classic

The MSJC women's basketball team won three games over the weekend at the Barstow High Desert Classic, including a win in Sunday's Championship game as they defeated Cuesta 55-50 to take the title.barstowtourneychamps.jpg

The Lady Eagles got off to a strong start on Friday defeating Porterville 79-47.  In that game five MSJC players scored in double figures led by Erin Stanford with 17.  Stanford also had 9 assists and 4 steals in the victory.  Sarina Johnson added 13 points and Johnette Brown, DeShea Wilkes, and Suzie Castro-Larsen all had 10.

In Saturday's semi-final game the Lady Eagles downed Los Angeles Pierce College 67-55.  Johnson led the way this time for MSJC with 17 points while Brown added 14.  Wilkes finished the day with 9 points and 11 rebounds and Genaya Wilkinson came off the bench to provide a spark scoring 8 points and hauling in 14 rebounds.

Sunday's championship game got off to a slow start as neither team could find the shooting range in the first half and the Lady Eagles went to the locker room with a 18-13 lead.  The offense picked up in the second half as Brown scored 13 of her team high 15 points in the second half to help MSJC build the lead to as much as 11.  Cuesta came all the way back and tied the game with just over 3 minutes to go, before the Lady Eagles made some key plays down the stretch to pull out the 55-50 victory.  This is the third year in a row the Lady Eagles have been champions of the High Desert Classic.  Johnson was named MVP of the tournament for her play in the three games, while Stanford and Brown were both named to the all tournament team.

The wins improved the Lady Eagles record on the year to 5-1, while Porterville is now 4-2, Pierce is 1-4, and Cuesta is 4-2.  MSJC will have Thanksgiving week off before playing Irvine Valley in the first round of the Panther Pride Tournament at Chaffey on December 5th.  The game on December 5th is set to tip-off at 3 pm.

The MSJC women's basketball team won three games over the weekend to capture the championship at the Barstow High Desert Classic.  Sarina Johnson was named tourney MVP while Erin Stanford and Johnette Brown were named to the all tournament team.