The City College women’s basketball team came up just short in the second round of the post-season

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The City College women’s basketball team dominated No. 18 ranked L.A. Trade Tech 77-59, but had its playoff run cut short in the second round by No. 2 ranked San Bernardino Saturday.

The No. 15 ranked Vaqueros’ Imelda Bealer and Brooke Berry combined for 30 points and 12 steals during Wednesday night’s home affair.

“I had Brooke’s back,” said sophomore guard Bealer. “She had four fouls and I had to step it up as a sophomore. It‘s like we‘re competing for steals—when she gets one, I have to get one.”

Bealer finished with a game-high 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Freshman guard Brooke Berry flirted with a triple-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with eight steals.

“We felt like our old self’s again,” second-year forward and center Lauren Kahn said. “In November and December we played very well.”

Janelle Wong hit 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line and scored 12 of her 14 points that lead to a 38-28 advantage at the end of the first half.

“We’re getting back to the way we played in November and December,” head coach Sandrine Krul said. “We had a few people who were sick tonight and everyone played hard. We just need to tighten up our defense on the drives.”

City College traveled to San Bernardino on Saturday and lost a tight game 51-46. The Vaqs, who lost to San Bernardino earlier this season 80-56, rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit and took a 41-40 lead on a Brooke Berry layup with 5:24 to play despite shooting just 23 percent and getting outrebounded 65-42.

 The Vaqs shot 3-23 from behind the three-point line and 16-71 overall.

“It was a great defensive playoff game,” Krul said. “Nobody watching would have known we were a No. 15 seed.”

Sophomore guard Nanice Kollee led City College with 16 points and four assists off the bench.

The Vaqs’ third leading scorer Lyndsay Bergus missed the game with an ankle injury.

Darshae Burnside of San Bernardino had 12 points, 26 rebounds and six blocks for the Wolverines who only shot 27 percent themselves.

Second year players Wong and Bealer were named to the first-team All-Western State Conference North squad earlier last week.

Wong averaged 10 points and 4.8 steals per game. She had the second-most three-pointers in the 14-team conference making 63 from behind the arc.

Bealer averaged a shade under nine points, led the team in rebounds with 6.3 per game and ranked No. 1 in WSC steals with 4 per game. She also finished No. 5 in assists with 4.2. The team concluded the season with a 21-11 record. 

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