Vaqueros victorious over Ohlone on Sunday, 2-1 in MTXE Crossover

Ruben Andrade, Staff Writer

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The City College women’s basketball team beat Ohlone College 76-56 Sunday, finishing the MXTE tournament with a record of 2-1. 

The team came out firing on all cylinders and took a 30-10 lead in the first quarter. Local standouts Alondra Jimenez and Sophia Torres, both from Santa Barbara High, scored a combined 39 points throughout the game. 

“We came out rolling making shots and when they see the ball going into the basket everybody feels better,” said Associate Head Coach David Engebretsen. “Last night was tough, we had a rough night shooting the ball so it was nice seeing the ball go through the net, get some threes in there and get to the basket and make some layups.”

Overall, the Vaqueros outshot the Renegades 53% to 30% from the field. Jimenez led the team in scoring with 20 points, adding five assists and three steals. 

“We just had to come out strong, we had a tough loss yesterday so we knew we had to come back stronger today,” said Jimenez. 

The second quarter was no different as the Vaqueros continued displaying solid communication. Jordan Parkhurst a freshman point guard from Dana Point, Calif also had a good over all game.

She ran a strong offense with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists. Parkhurst scored six points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a comfortable 47-24 lead. 

“Just stick to what we do, stick to what we know and we got it done,” said Parkhurst.

“A lot of our offense starts with our defense,” said Engebretsen. “When we get into transition and we don’t have to think about running sets we can just play flowing in transition that’s when we’re in business.”

City College ended the third quarter with a 60-39 lead. 

With five minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Vaqueros seemed to get confident and let their foot off the gas. Ohlone college started making shots cutting the once 30-point lead in half to 15 with five minutes to play. 

“Sometimes there’s tendencies when you have a big lead to lose focus here and there,” said Engebretsen. “At the end of the day, we got the win and feel good going 2-1 in our home tournament.”

Looking to improve to 3-1, the team will now focus its attention on Thursday night when it battles San Diego City College at 7 p.m. in the Sports Pavilion. 

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