The MSJC women's basketball team picked up wins on Thursday and Friday, but came up short on Saturday afternoon in the Championship game of the Gaucho Classic hosted by Saddleback College.
The Lady Eagles opened the tournament with an easy win over Compton College. After struggling in the first quarter MSJC went on to out score the TarTars 60-24 over the last 30 minutes to win 71-34. Haylei Janssens led the offense with 20 points while Kaelee Kelly had a double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. De'Adra Ross came off the bench to grab 11 rebounds in the victory, Alyza Lopez also had a solid game off the bench with 6 points and a team high 4 assists.
In Friday's semi-final game it was Kelly who led the way for the Lady Eagles as they picked up a hard fought 52-48 win over previously unbeaten LA Trade Tech. Kelly finished the night with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Madeline Gray didn't put up big numbers in the game, but was the team leader on defense to help ensure the victory while Alyssa Walton nearly had a double double with 8 points and 11 rebounds. MSJC was able to survive a tough night shooting as they out rebounded the Beavers 65-42.
In Saturday's championship game MSJC could not overcome another poor shooting performance despite another strong advantage on the boards (56-39) as they lost to Moorpark 64-50. Serena Hickey was the lone Lady Eagles to reach double figures in scoring as she recorded 16 points. Janaya Smith and Britney Neely each came off the bench to add 7 points while Walton grabbed a game high 14 rebounds. MSJC could never find their rhythm on offense and shot just 26% for the game. Janssens was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Lady Eagles are now 4-2 on the year and will have this week off before heading to Rancho Cucamonga to play in the Chaffey Panther Pride Tournament November 29th through December 1st. They will open that tournament with a game against Skyline College at 3 pm n the 29th.
MSJC's Kaelee Kelly had a pair of double doubles over the weekend at the Gaucho Classic to help her team win two games, before losing in the tournament championship game. The Lady Eagles are now 4-2 on the season and have a week off before taking on Skyline November 29th. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC).