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'Worst half' dooms Glendale Community College women's basketball versus Los Angeles Valley

Basketball: First-place L.A. Valley too much for host Vaqueros in 93-65 conference loss.

January 29, 2014|By Emin Avakian, Special to the Glendale News-Press

GLENDALE — It was a forgettable second half for the Glendale Community College women’s basketball team and one that ultimately led to a blowout loss to Los Angeles Valley College in a Western State Conference game Wednesday evening at home.

The Lady Vaqueros were outscored by 24 points in the second 20-minute frame by the Monarchs, who came into the contest undefeated in conference play and in first place. They will stay on top of the standings and extended their winning streak to seven games in the process after defeating Glendale, 93-65.

Despite trailing the entire way, GCC ended the first half strong, but the aggressive play faltered and the momentum wasn’t sustained. Valley, meanwhile, played consistently on both ends of the court and used an 8-0 run to start the second half to pull away from Glendale and cruise to a conference win.

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“We didn’t come out ready to go,” Lady Vaqueros Coach Carrie Miller said. “We went away from what was working. We were taking care of the ball in the first and attacking, but we stopped doing that in the second half.

“It’s the worst half we’ve played all season.”

Glendale (12-10, 3-3) didn’t hit its first field goal in the second half until Elsie Mejia’s jumper at the 14:10 mark. The nearly six-minute drought allowed the Monarchs (19-5, 6-0) to stretch a slim four-point margin at halftime into 59-42 advantage when the freshman guard put in two of her nine second-half points and team-high 22 in the game.

The field goals were few and far between thereafter, as the Lady Vaqueros managed eight in the half and depended on the free throw line for 13 of their 29 points. Valley never let up and saw its lead balloon to as many as 33 points.

“Solid man-to-man defense,” said Monarchs Coach Monica Hang, when asked to attribute the dominating play, especially in the second half. “We were focused on every possession. On offense, we wanted to score every time and on defense, we wanted to make stops.”

Hang, a former GCC head coach, received balanced scoring, led by Ajai Ford’s 16 points, followed by Myangel Johnson’s 15 and 12 apiece from A’Jaee Foster and Chelsea Rhamdeow. Johnson added 16 rebounds.

As a team, the Monarchs outrebounded Glendale, 54-27, and relentless guard penetration aided in the team shooting 50.8% from the field.

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