SRJC 43, Los Angeles Valley 66
In their first action in nearly three weeks, the Bear Cubs made the five hour drive south to Visalia to take on the Monarchs of Los Angeles Valley College, ranked #8 in the South, in the first round of the 16- team College of Sequoias Tournament. Jenny Eggers made the first shot of the game on the Bear Cubs' opening possession. But the Monarchs' leading scorer, Rebecca Islas, who came into the contest averaging nearly 27 points and 11 rebounds per game, dropped in a shot 17 seconds later. After four minutes of play, the Monarchs held an 11-8 lead with Islas accounting for nine of her teams' points and Eggers all eight of her teams'. The Bear Cubs missed their next six shots, failing to score until Mireya Lopez converted a 3-point play on a drive to the basket, which made their deficit 11-17 with 1:58 on the clock. During the remaining time, Britta Irvine added a 3-pointer and the Monarchs a field goal to make the score at the end of the quarter 19-14 in favor of the Monarchs.
Jenny Eggers started the scoring in the second quarter within 30 seconds by swishing a 3-pointer. The Monarchs made their first basket at the 7:51 mark and added another 41 seconds later. Neither team scored again until the Monarchs made a 10-footer with 4:52 on the clock. With 4:33 left, Kylie Oden, who had been sitting on the bench with two fouls with over six minutes left in the first quarter, sank her first shot—a 3-pointer—making the score 20-25. Oden swished another 3-pointer 91 seconds later in answer to a Monarchs' field goal. The Monarchs scored five points in a row to stretch their lead to 33-23 with 2:04 left. Angel Bernardi scored the last points of the quarter on a low post move to put the halftime score at 25-33.
Jenny Eggers scored the first four points of the third quarter on back to back inside shots. The Monarchs added two free throws 10 seconds later. Angel Bernardi banked in a close shot on a cut to the basket and an assist from Eggers at the 7:39 mark. The Bear Cubs missed their next 10 field goal attempts, only making three out of four free throws, to fall behind 34-49 with 1:01 remaining. Britta Irvine finally hit a field goal with 43 seconds on the clock. The Monarchs made their own field goal 15 seconds later, and Irvine sank a 12-footer at the buzzer to make the score 38-51.
In the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, Jenny Eggers made one of two free throws and a field goal, and Britta Irvine a baseline shot with a toe on the 3-point line, to get the score to 43-60. The Bear Cubs missed all nine of their remaining shots and never made it back to the free throw line, while the Monarchs tacked on six more points to result in a final score of 43-66.
The Bear Cubs made only 28% of their shots (17 out of 60), while the Monarchs were successful on 45% (25 out of 56) of theirs. Two Monarchs scored in double figures: Rebecca Islas with 26 points and 15 rebounds and Farrah Castillo with 16 points, including 4 out of 6 from beyond the arc.
Jenny Eggers was the only Bear Cub to tally more than 9 points, as she totaled 19. Britta Irvine made one 3-pointer and three field goals for 9 points. Kylie Oden made two out of four 3-point attempts to finish with 6 points. Angel Bernardi also tallied 6 points and Mireya Lopez 3. Oden was the top rebounder with 8. Destiny Grayer led in assists with 5.