After a 76-55 loss to No. 4 seed Pasadena City College in Friday’s Southern Regional quarterfinal, the Irvine Valley College women’s basketball season came to a close.
“I am very happy about this season,” IVC coach Julie Hanks said. “We won 20
games and got into the playoffs.”
The 13th-seeded Lasers finish the season third in the Orange Empire Conference with a 20-8 overall record.
Though the outcome of the game showed an 11-point defeat for the Lasers, things looked very hopeful when they found themselves up by one at halftime despite their 18 turnovers.
After the half, IVC gained a quick 29-26 lead over the defending state champions when freshman guard Ashley Fajardo made two free throws.
For the rest of the half, the Lasers fought hard but could not keep up with PCC. With five minutes left in the game, IVC trailed only by eight but could not keep up with the Lancers who went on a 13-4 run.
The difference in the game may very well have been the turnovers made by IVC. The
Lancers capitalized off of them by scoring 37 points.
Despite the outcome of the game, Hanks is in high spirits of the years to come.
“This was a good year,” Hanks said. “Hopefully something we can build on going into next season.”
Fajardo had 12 points, four rebounds, and two steals for the Lasers. Ivy Melo scored 11points and recorded 3 steals.