MSJC Women's Basketball Takes Title at Hi Desert Classic

The MSJC women's basketball team won three games over the weekend to capture the championship of the Lady Viking Hi Desert Classic in Barstow.tam2013-14.jpg

The Lady Eagles started the tournament with a win on Friday over Porterville College 80-73.  Brittany Neely led a balanced scoring attack for MSJC with 16 points.  Cora Lopez and Johnette Brown both had double doubles in the game as Lopez had 13 points and 14 rebounds while Brown had 12 points and 11 boards.  Tamara Herring also reached double figures in scoring with 12 and Sarai Ware had a team high 10 assists.

In Saturday's semi-final game Brown scored the game winning shot with four seconds left as MSJC defeated LA Pierce 60-59.  The Lady Eagles who led by as much as 8 with under 4 minutes to play before giving away the lead, got a huge play on the game winner when Herring dribbled the length of the floor to find Brown open under the basket.  Neely was once again MSJC's top scorer with 15 points and Herring finished the game with 10.

MSJC played well in Sunday's championship game as they defeated the host of the tournament Barstow College 77-61.  Cora Lopez, who was named the tournament MVP, had a huge game with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the way in the victory.  The Lady Eagles and the Vikings were tied at 50-50 with 12 minutes to go in the game before MSJC out scored Barstow down the stretch 27-11 for the win.  DeShea Wilkes had 12 points in the title game and Herring reached double figures for the third straight day with 10, earning her a spot on the all tournament team.

MSJC is now 5-1 on the season and will have this week off, before playing in the Panther Pride Tournament at Chaffey College December 6-8th.  The Lady Eagles start the tourney in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday the 6th with a 1 pm game against Saddleback.


Tamara Herring scored in double figures all three days in Barstow as the MSJC women's basketball team won the High Desert Classic tournament title.  Herring was named to the all tournament team while teammate Cora Lopez was named the MVP.