Women's Basketball

Women's basketball team upended by Long Beach City

Women's basketball team upended by Long Beach City

Irvine Valley's women's basketball team fell to Long Beach City in its own tournament for the second straight season.

Last year it was in the finals of the Irvine Valley Tournament, which Long Beach City won for the first time.

Friday night, the loss came in the semifinals.

Long Beach City, ranked No. 1 in the state, defeated No. 20 Irvine Valley, 60-48.

Long Beach City, which improved its record to 7-0, advanced to the tournament championship on Saturday where it will face No. 7 Pasadena City at 4 p.m.

Irvine Valley, which saw its record slip to 5-4, will face Rio Hondo in the third-place game at 2 p.m.

The Lasers were chasing Long Beach City most of the night.

Long Beach City took a 23-8 lead on a basket by Antoinette Davis with 8:06 left in the first half.

And Irvine Valley fell behind, 26-10, after a three-pointer by Long Beach City's Abbey Goodsell with 6:18 left in the half.

The Lasers out-scored Long Beach City, 18-5, the rest of the half.

Two free throws by sophomore guard Jasmine Kennon with 14 seconds left pulled the Lasers to within 31-28 at halftime.

Irvine Valley got within two points at 33-31 after a free throw by freshman forward Alexis Casillas with 17:46 left in the game.

But Long Beach City had too much. The Vikings went on a 14-4 run over the next six minutes. A basket by Crystal Cockerhan put the Vikings ahead, 47-35, with 11:50 to go.

Irvine Valley didn't get closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Long Beach City was paced by Shakeena Benton, who had 14 points. Symphony Logan came off the bench with nine points and Abbey Goodsell, Jasmine Williams and Darshana Taafua each contributed eight points. Taafua also had a game-high 14 rebounds.

Long Beach City out-rebounded Irvine Valley, 44-37, including 19-9, on the offensive end.

The Lasers, who shot just 34.0 percent from the field in the game and 28.6 percent in the second half, got 10 points off the bench from freshman center Breanna Turner. Freshman guard Jay Sneeden and freshman forward Alexis Casillas each added eight points.

The Lasers also hurt themselves with 25 turnovers in the contest.

In other action on Friday, Pasadena City defeated Rio Hondo, 68-54, to move into the tournament championship.

Pasadena City (6-2) helped hold Rio Hondo to just 26.7 percent shooting from the field in the game.

Rio Hondo got to within 29-26 at halftime, but the Lancers out-scored the Roadrunners, 39-28, in the second half.

Kaitlyn Parks had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Desiree Loving added 15 points, nine assists and three steals for Pasadena City, which is playing in the IVC Tournament for the first time.

Rio Hondo was paced by Bianca Garcia, who finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Shelvena Turner, who had 12 points and five assists.

In consolation games on Friday, San Diego City came back to beat El Camino-Compton, 66-63.

San Diego City outscored El Camino-Compton, 35-28, in the second half.

The stat line of the day was turned in by San Diego City's Alex Warren, who finished with 26 points and 25 rebounds. She added five blocks.

Jenesis Hayes chipped in 14 points and five assists for the Knights.

Compton got 19 points from Shamica Cheatham and 14 points from Trina Armstrong and 10 points and 14 rebounds from Jessica Phillips.

El Camino bounced back from a tough loss to Irvine Valley on Thursday with an easy 82-33 victory over Imperial Valley on Friday afternoon.

El Camino led, 45-18, at halftime and cruised from there.

Shontalene Trudeau scored 18 points with seven rebounds, five assists and six steals for El Camino.

Sydney Chase finished with 13 points and Brittany McIntyre had 11 points.

Imperial Valley, which committed 39 turnovers, got 13 points and six rebounds from Ana Rodriguez.

El Camino plays San Diego City in the consolation final on Saturday at 12 p.m.​

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