Four Hancock College regulars didn’t play as much as they usually do. When they were in there Saturday, they couldn’t score consistently enough.
Neither could the rest of the Bulldogs. Oxnard defeated Hancock 64-55 in a sloppy Lady Bulldog Classic championship game between Western State Conference rivals at Hancock’s Joe White Memorial Gymnasium.
The Condors (9-2) snapped the Bulldogs’ winning streak at two games. Hancock (3-8) was in the championship game of its own tournament for the first time since 2000.
Usual Hancock starting guards Ashley Bonenfant and Jozza Ray did not enter the game until well into the first half. Denee Lane and Brittany Garcia, usually two of the first Hancock players off the bench, also entered later than usual.
“I wanted to use a different lineup, give a different look,” Hancock coach Sheri Bates said.
“We’ve been experimenting with some different lineups during the year.”
The Bulldogs made it interesting with their full-court press late. They trailed 56-44 with 2:05 to play and then forced four consecutive turnovers.
Bonenfant (16 points Saturday) scored nine of Hancock’s last 11 points. She made it 60-53 with a three-pointer with 29.7 seconds left. The Bulldogs came no closer.
Tournament MVP Arlene Cortez helped wrecked Hancock’s chances with a strong game inside. The 5-10 sophomore center led four Condors in double figures with 19 points. She also grabbed seven rebounds.
“Oxnard is a very strong team, very balanced,” said Bates. “They don’t have one shooter who just shoots inside or one shooter who just shoots outside. They have players who can do it all.”
Monterey Peninsula beat East Los Angeles 66-52 for third place Saturday. Saddleback shellacked Las Positas 77-32 for the Consolation championship.
The All-Tournament Team included MVP Cortez and Stephanie Hernandez of Oxnard; Bonenfant and Chrissy Bessermin of Hancock; Monterey Park’s Rochelle Welsh and Saddleback’s Johnondra Patterson.
Hancock committed 23 turnovers Saturday. The Bulldogs were just 20-for-65 from the field and were 8-for-27 in the first half. They trailed 29-20 at halftime.
“We weren’t patient enough,” said Bates. “We rushed things, didn’t work enough for the good shot, unlike our last game.” Hancock got to the title game by beating Monterey Peninsula 80-69 Friday night.
Both teams seemed to rush things in the championship game. Oxnard overcame 26 turnovers. The Condors were 26-for-61 from the field, thanks mainly to Cortez going 8-for-12 from there.
Shaniqua Perkins hit five of her nine shots from the field and put in 13 points for Oxnard. Hernandez and Nicole Tauaau, who made some timely defensive plays in the second half, added 10 points each.
Oxnard out-rebounded Hancock 37-27. Perkins both pulled down seven rebounds. Teammate Coco Bradley had six. Bessermin snared seven rebounds for Hancock.
“I am very happy with the performance our team had this weekend,” Bates said.
“The players are stepping up, becoming more cohesive as a unit. We’re recognizing more things on offense, playing smarter defense.”
Hancock plays host San Mateo in the San Mateo Tournament next Friday.
Monterey Peninsula 66, East Los Angeles 52
Welsh put the Lobos ahead for good, 38-36, on a three-pointer with 15:34 to play and then Monterey Peninsula pulled away late.
The Lobos (7-3) outscored the Huskies (6-5) 16-6 the last 6:25.
Welsh, who scored 24 points Friday night (her total was incorrectly listed as 21 in a story the next day), scored 24 again Saturday.
She snared 18 rebounds and made half her 14 shots.
Natasha Ray had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Lobos. Stefanie Robb contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Annie Mahaney pulled down seven rebounds.
DaChell McBride led the Huskies’ scoring with 11 points. Miriam Hernandez grabbed 11 rebounds.
Saddleback 77, Las Positas 32
The Gauchos (7-5) put the Hawks (2-7) out of contention early with their superior quickness. Saddleback led 39-17 at halftime.
Patterson tossed in 16 points for the Gauchos. Audri Sargent scored 15 points and Christina WIlliams had 11. Patterson pulled down eight rebounds.
Stephanie Klinko (11 points) was the only Hawk in double figures.
Crystal Florida and Marreesha Lynch snared eight and seven rebounds respectively.