Community college women’s basketball playoff draw

Here is the playoff rundown for Southern California:

Wednesday’s games
No. 17 Palomar (16-11) at No. 16 Santa Ana (14-14)
No. 18 Moorpark (16-12) at No. 15 Cypress (16-13)

Friday’s games
No. 9 Orange Coast (18-10) at No. 8 Cuesta (22-7)
No. 13 Canyons (13-14) at No. 4 Pasadena (21-7)
No. 10 Saddleback (19-10) at No. 7 San Bernardino Valley (18-6)
No. 14 East Los Angeles (17-11) at No. 3 LA Valley (25-5)

Saturday’s games
Santa Ana-Palomar winner at No. 1 Ventura (27-3)
No. 12 Mt. San Jacinto (23-6) at No. 5 Long Beach (24-4)
Cypress-Moorpark winner at No. 2 Mt. SAC (25-4)
No. 11 Irvine Valley (18-10) at No. 6 Chaffey (21-7)

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Chaffey women bounce back with win

By Michelle Gardner


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The Chaffey womens basketball team appears fully recovered from a 71-57 shellacking at the hands of San Bernardino Valley College last week. The Panthers (21-6, 9-3) bounced back with a 73-66 win over College of the Desert on Saturday and remain tied for third with Foothill Conference play winding down.

Chaffey has four games remaining – road games at Antelope Valley (15-12, 9-3) and Rio Hondo (15-11, 5-6) and home games against Mt. San Jacinto (19-9, 11-2) and Victor Valley (1-22, 0-11). The Panthers are two games behind frontrunner SBVC and tied with Antelope Valley a game and half behind second-place Mt. San Jacinto.
The Panthers beat three of those four foes in the first round of conference play, the loss coming to Mt. San Jacinto 68-57.

SBVC is the top team, no question about that, coach Gary Plunkett said. After that it is very close. All four of us are going to make the playoffs it is a question of who finishes where. We could be as high as second or we could be fourth. This is a crucial stretch of games.

The team was going through some adversity in the last two weeks that resulted in the dismissal from the team of one player. It carried over into last weeks game but Plunkett thinks his team is back on track.

That was probably just the kind of game we needed to get us refocused, Plunkett said. We came back Saturday and played a very solid game. We were back to playing Panther basketball.

The loss to SBVC knocked the Panthers out of the top 20 state poll but they are still ranked No. 12 in the South.
The good news for Plunkett is that the squad includes just two sophomores – guards Christina Warren (13.7 ppg, 5 rpg) and Jessica Thorpe (4.1 ppg).

The team has several talented freshmen, most notably guards Keisha Mackall (12.2 pg, 3.8 apg) and Tamesha Jackson (12.9 ppg, 3.8 apg), forwards Aundria Anderson (10.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and Zipporah Brown (5.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg).

Were kind of where SBVC was last year, Plunkett said. Last year they had freshmen and all those girls are back and you can see how much better they are with that experience. Were building that this year.

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Student-athlete profile – Christina Warren, Chaffey College basketball

Chaffey College
The lowdown:
The 5-foot-9 sophomore guard has helped the Panthers to a 9-2 record ad No. 16 state ranking. Is averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 steals. Has scored more than 20 points three times with a high of 26 coming against Cerro Coso. Best rebounding effort was 10 against Cuesta. Averaged 11.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.8 steals as a freshman, earning first-team all-conference honors. Was MVP of two tournaments during the regular season.
Age: 19
Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga
High school: Los Osos, 2006
Major: General ed
Favorite athlete: Brittani Smith (a former teammate at Chaffey)
Favorite team: Chaffey Panthers
Role model: My mom
Cant miss TV show: Americas Next Top Model
Most embarrassing moment: Falling in front of everyone at practice
Person most influential in your athletic success: My little sister Cierra
Celebrity you most want to meet: Chris Brown
Favorite Food: Cookie Dough ice cream
Favorite movie: Rush Hour 2
Last good book you read: Addicted
Other hobbies: Shopping
Favorite vacation spot: the beach
Whats in your CD player/iPod: Lloyd
Pre-game ritual or superstition: Eat a lot and drink a smoothie.
Best advice anyone has given you: Dont ever give up when things get tough, continue to push yourself to be the best you can be.
What do you want to be doing in five years: Finishing school.

– Compiled by Michelle Gardner

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