Canyons is Runner-Up at PCC Tourney, Starts Season 2-1
|Field Goal %||36.1%||40.7%|
|Pts off Turnovers||8||8|
|2nd Chance Pts||9||2|
|Pts in the Paint||24||24|
|Game Statistics||Canyons||Imperial Valley|
|Field Goal %||31.7%||37.9%|
|Pts off Turnovers||15||17|
|2nd Chance Pts||9||8|
|Pts in the Paint||12||36|
By Jesse Muñoz/COC Sports Information Director
PASADENA — College of the Canyons opened its season with back-to-back wins before falling 67-61 vs. Imperial Valley College in the championship game of the Pasadena City College Sisterhood of Champions Tournament on Saturday.
Canyons (2-1) opened the tourney with a dominating 75-48 win over San Bernardino Valley College during Thursday's first round action. The Lady Cougars saw four starters finish in double figures including a game-high 22 points from Jade Sims.
On Friday, COC was able to outlast Chaffey College 60-56 in the team's first home game, hosting second round action at Lee Smelser Court at the Cougar Cage. The Lady Cougars quickly opened an eight-point first quarter lead and then held on the rest of the way.
Chaffey (1-1) trailed 52-43 headed into the final frame but pressured Canyons until the final buzzer in nearly coming all the way back. Freshman Aaliyah Garcia was able to sink a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to seal the victory for COC.
Garcia finished with a game-high 24 points to go with five assists and three steals. Sophomore Hannah Tolentino was able to get going early and ended her day with 17 points on an 8-of-11 shooting performance. Sims contributed with eight points and four assists also leading the way with nine rebounds.
In Saturday's championship round it was Imperial Valley (3-0) able to come away with a six-point edge over Canyons in the fourth quarter to take the tourney title. IVC received 28 points from Orian Anderson who converted on 16-of-19 foul shots.
The Lady Cougars are back in action 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9 in the opening round of the Moorpark College Invitational vs. the host Raiders. The tourney bracket runs through Nov. 11.
—Photo by Carla Sophia Velasco/COC Sports Information