By John M. Sherrard
(Walnut, CA) The Mt. SAC Women's Basketball team come up short as the East Los Angeles College Huskies win going away 71-59, despite the valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter Friday night, in a South Coast Conference North game.
The Mounties, who trailed by as much as 12 points early in the fourth quarter, outscored the Huskies, 13-6, to trail by only three points, 57-54, with 4:31 remaining in the game. Maddeline Dopplick scored nine points in the run to lead the Mounties.
That would be the closest Mt. SAC would get as the Huskies outscored Mt. SAC, 14-5, the remainder of the game.
With a convincing 23-point Mt. SAC (24-2, 5-1) win over the Huskies two weeks ago, both teams are now tied for first in conference with four games remaining.
"If you're going to lose, lose now," Mt. SAC coach Brian Crichlow said. "This is a learning tool and East L.A. is a very good team.
"They play hard (ELAC) and got every loose ball and rebound."
With the win, ELAC could leap-frog over Mt. SAC in next weeks' rankings which will go far in the seeding for the playoffs which begin in three weeks.
Dopplick led the Mounties, which lost for the first time in the last 20 games, with a team-high 16 points. She was the only Mountie in double figures, which is unusual for the defending state champions.
Sophomore forward Kali Jones (8 pts, steal, 2 blks) led Mt. SAC with 10 rebounds.
The ELAC win was the first in a few years over the Mounties, including last years' state title game.
After the Huskies took an early first-quarter 6-2 lead, the remainder of the quarter was back and forth with neither team taking more than a two-point lead. The Huskies held a 17-16 lead heading into the second quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same as Mt. SAC or ELAC could manage any kind of run.
The Mounties will travel to Pasadena City College on Wednesday for a 7:00 pm game.
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