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Winston-Ellis 30-Piece Powers Huskies to Win Over Beavers

Winston-Ellis 30-Piece Powers Huskies to Win Over Beavers

by Cerwin D Haynes

(photos by Stephen Morales)

 

 

Looking to keep pace with South Coast Conference-North leader Mt. SAC, East LA College (17-6, 4-1) faced a plucky LA Trade Tech squad (9-14, 0-5) still in search of their first conference win. The Beavers played a highly competitive game against the same Huskies back on January 21 (ELAC pulled away late to win 56-46), so perhaps Trade eyed this rematch as a chance to strike a big victory against the #8-ranked home Green.

Except this time, East LA tossed aside any shot of an upset relatively early. A 37-14 second quarter scoring advantage gave the Huskies all the cushion they needed in ultimately knocking off the visiting Beavers 83-69.

For most of their games, ELAC has had a habit of taking a period or two to kick into high gear. In this one, they trailed 19-16 after one quarter as it seemed both teams were feeling each other out. Thankfully for the home crowd, it was the Huskies that took control of sizing things up in the 2nd quarter by sizing up the basket to shoot a blistering 70% (14-20) for the period.

If you're thinking that SCC-North three-point shooting leader Naomi Winston-Ellis likely had a hand in such team marksmanship for the period, you'd be right: after missing her first two shots from downtown in the first quarter, she caught fire, hitting four of her next five from behind the arc. Fellow starter Destyni Heard also found the range, nailing two triples en route to a eight-point, five-rebound, three assist quarter. Freshman F Isabel Arango also found her groove, hitting all four of her shots plus two free throws for a 10-pt quarter while adding four boards and two steals. Adding in a helping of their pattened tough defense (4-15 shooting by Trade), ELAC outscored their LACCD rival 37-13 in the period and hit the locker rooms up 53-32 at the half.

 

With a 26-point lead in the final frame, head coach Bruce Turner gave some extended floor time to his bench. The Beavers did manage to salt away some of the Pack's lead, but never got to mount a serious comeback.

 

HUSKY BITS:

  • Winston-Ellis lead all scorers with 30 points. Her 45.9% marksmanship from three leads the entire SCC and is good for fourth-best in all of California.
  • Four of the five Huskies' starters scored in double figures. Arango (16 pts/13 rebs) and Heard (13pts/12rebs) posted double-doubles in points and rebounds while Delilah Kimble-Gray had her double-double in points and assists (12 and 11, respectfully)
  • Former Huskies' starter Jaidin LaCount started for the Beavers and put up 13 points and 14 rebounds. Unfortunately, she took a hard fall to the back of her head in the fourth quarter and had to be helped off the court.
  • This was the second game of ELAC's Coaches Vs Cancer night, as men's basketball played earlier at 5pm.

UP NEXT

Coach Turner's crew has a week off before they return to the E-rena to host the Lancers of Pasadena City College. Tip-off at 7pm on Wednesday, February 16th.