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Lady Vikings at Hancock Tournament
SANTA MARIA • The Barstow Community College women’s basketball team continued its tournament schedule last weekend, taking part in the Allan Hancock Tournament.
Action began last Thursday as the Lady Vikings notched their eighth win of the season, beating Marin College in a nip-and-tuck match, 54-53.
The game was a back and forth one from the opening tip. The Lady Vikings came out a little sluggish, but maintained striking distance throughout and had enough in the tank to end up with the victory.
As the final quarter wore down, Barstow trailed by three points with 40 seconds to go. The Lady Vikings got two huge defensive stops off their press to get a layup, which drew a foul for two free throws, which they hit. They needed one more defensive stop with six seconds to go up by one and came through with a deflection to half-court that seized the victory.
“The ladies were a little down today with the four-hour roadtrip and losing two straight games, so they just wanted to get back into the win column,” said Lady Vikings head coach Tim Woods. “This team made some progress today, as they came out flat and still found a way to win. They displayed toughness after things weren’t going their way and they just kept fighting to get this victory.”
Megan Miles led Lady Vikings with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds, and BreAnna Fraser backed Miles up scoring 10 points and dishing off four assists. Jasmin Cruz scored nine points, and Ebony Black-Smith chipped in with six.
“These ladies battled today, and against a team that was scrappy,” said coach Woods. “By us competing with this type of action, it showed us as a coaching staff and a team that we had to scratch and claw to get this victory today.”
The win made Barstow 8-4, and set up a game against the host team Allan Hancock College on Friday in one of semifinal games for the right to advance to the championship. That match went even better than Thursday’s, as Barstow won, 64-60.
The Lady Vikings came out ready to play from the opening tip, as the game went back and forth in a close first half. With three minutes left until halftime, Allan Hancock (7-3) went on a 12-2 run to close the half leading, 37-28.
The second half didn’t start well, as Barstow was outscored, 13-0, in the first seven minutes. After a timeout, the squad started to wake up and closed the gap with a 16-0 run and maintained striking distance with about nine minutes to go. The last eight minutes were a battle, with the Lady Vikings ending up on top.
“During the timeout down 22 points, I just told the ladies we have been here before and down the same amount a few weeks ago,” said coach Woods. “Let’s chip away at the lead by the eight-minute mark and get the deficit under 10 points.”
Ebony Black-Smith led the Lady Vikings with a double-double, a game-high 26 points, along with 18 rebounds and four assists. Tichina Savoy had 12 points, and Miles scored 11 points and four rebounds. Fraser chipped in with six points and Jasmin Cruz with five.
“The ladies came out with some confidence today, and were focused from the start,” coach Woods said. “This team made another step today, as they were down 22 points with 13 minutes left, and displayed toughness to overcome adversity and win. For them not to quit after being down by 22 says a lot about this team and the maturing process. I am very proud the way they responded.”
The only loss of the tourney came the next night. Barstow played Cuesta College for the championship, and lost, 69-56.
“The ladies came out sluggish today; they were ready to play but I know they were a bit tired,” coach Woods said. “The team battled, competing with three-quarters of gas in the tank, but they displayed mental toughness and played a good undefeated Cuesta team well.”
Black-Smith led the Lady Vikings with 17 points and three rebounds, while Miles had 15 points and nine rebounds. Savoy had nine points, Audrey Donald chipped in with five points, and Cruz had four before fouling out of the game.
Barstow ended up taking second place in the tourney. Black-Smith and Miles were named to the All-Tournament Team.
“As a team these ladies went through some adversity, for them being just emotionally drained. I am very proud the way they responded today and throughout the weekend,” said coach Woods. “It is just a good vibe about this team, as they are growing together and trying to take on the challenges that are ahead of them, as we get close to conference play.”
The Lady Vikings (9-5) will play this weekend in the Antelope Valley Tournament in Lancaster.