Ventura 35, El Camino 40
Pasadena City College
Ventura made just two field goals in the
second half, scoring just 10 points, turning a 25-16
halftime advantage into a 40-35 defeat to El Camino College
in the opening round of the Rose City Classic at Pasadena
City College. The Pirates move into the consolation
semi-finals on Friday Dec. 9 at 2:00 pm against Imperial
Ventura (8-4) struggled offensively from the start,
needing four minutes of game time before Sandy
Perry hit a break away lay-up to give VC its
first points. The Pirate defense was strong once
again, holding the Warriors (5-6) to 24 percent shooting
(7-29) in the first half. Tina
Stetson hit a bucket midway through the half,
giving VC a 13-12 advantage. The Pirates built that
lead up to 11 points before El Camino scored to close the
half, making the score 25-16 at intermission.
In the second half, what had been a bad dream all season
became a nightmare for the Pirates. The VC offense,
which could be best described as anemic at times,
flatlined as Ventura failed to make a single field goal
Kolbeck hit a shot with 12:20 remaining in the
game. Until that shot, VC had missed 11 consecutive
attempts along with committing seven turnovers. The
Kolbeck shot tied the game at 27, and that would be as
close as the Pirates would get for the remainder of the
contest, as they would not hit another field goal for 11
minutes of game time. McKena
Richardson hit a driving lay-in with 1:32
remaining to give the Pirates their second, and final,
made basket of the half. VC's offensive woes
also transferred to the free throw line as the Pirates hit
just six of 14 charity attempts in the second half.
Despite the offensive disappearance, Ventura was in the
game until the final minute before El Camino pulled away
for the 40-35 win.
Kolbeck led VC with 11 points and eight rebounds while
Perry scored nine points, all in the first half.
Stetson pulled down 13 boards while Katie
Killebrew pulled down six.
The Pirates will attempt to regroup on Friday Dec. 9
against Imperial Valley in the consolation semi-finals of
the tournament. A win in that game would give VC
another game on Saturday. The Pirates return home against defending
state champion Cypress College on Dec. 15 at 7:00 pm.