MISSION VIEJO, CA — The No. 3 SoCal-ranked East Los Angeles College Huskies won a 74-49 game against the Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes, one of Arizona’s top junior college teams, in the opening round of the Lady Gaucho Classic V at Saddleback College.
Because of the win, the Huskies, 4-0 overall, advance to the tournament semifinals against No. 10 Irvine Valley College tomorrow at 5 p.m. Irvine (3-0) defeated Moorpark College (1-3) 54-52.
In other first round action, No. 5-NoCal ranked San Joaquin Delta (3-1) defeated Santa Barbara City College 76-56 and host Saddleback College (3-1) defeated San Diego Mesa College (1-2) 67-48. Delta and Saddleback meet in the other semifinal game.
The Huskies scored first against Scottsdale, 14 seconds into the game from a freshman guard Farrah Castillo (Rowland High School) layup off an assist from freshman guard Monica Garcia Silva (Garfield HS).
The Huskies led 19-10 after the first period. Garcia scored eight of her team-high 15 points. ELAC answered Scottsdale zone defense with long range shooting that included 3-point swishes from guards, sophomore Tiffani Martinez (Montebello HS) and freshman Sarah Gurrola (El Rancho HS).
The Fighting Artichokes outscored ELAC 15-10 in the second period. ELAC led 30-25 at the half. Garcia scored 12 first half points and Gurrola scored two treys.
More than a minute into the second half, ELAC led 32-25 from a sophomore center Anastasia Tsybaeva (Burbank HS) layup off an assist by sophomore guard Wuanyei Ah-Hing (West Auckland, New Zealand / Massey HS).
In the third period, the Huskies altered their play with more passing, key to outscoring Scottsdale 24-9. Seven Huskies scored, which included a team-high eight points from sophomore guard Ikeba Allen (Gardena HS).
The Huskies outscored Scottsdale 25-20 in the final period.
Martinez overall, scored four 3-point shots for 14 game points. Gurrola added 11 points that included three bombs from beyond the arc. Castillo scored 10 points.
The Huskies had four blocked shots in the game, two from Garcia and one each from Tsybaeva and sophomore guard Allissa Gomez (LA Roosevelt HS). Tsybaeva had 56 blocks last season, then the 13th-best in the state.
The Huskies had 39 rebounds, nine each from Tsybaeva and Gomez. ELAC outscored Scottsdale 32-6 from the bench.
story submitted by Tadzio Garcia