Southwest College Lady Cougars nip Hancock College, 63-61
The Lady Cougars will travel to Pasadena City College to play in the President’s Roundball Classic next Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 9-11
(Far left) L.A. Southwest College Lady Cougars Tamera Lampkin, and Anais Ben Said (No. 11), clamp down defensively against the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs. Photo: Samai Granger
Women’s hoop squad wins first home game; play next in PCC’s President’s Roundball Classic, Nov. 9-11
By E.J. GRANGER, Contributing Writer
SOUTH LOS ANGELES – Last Friday, Nov. 3, the L.A. Southwest College Lady Cougars basketball team won their first home game against the Allan Hancock College Bulldogs, 63-61.
With tension in the air after a loss to West L.A. College, days earlier, team leaders agreed to pick up the defensive intensity in their Friday game against Allan Hancock College. It was a united effort on defense to make a statement that the team was together and here to play.
Team co-captain and sophomore Ronnesha Harvey, off a 12-point performance against West L.A., sparkled against Allan Hancock College with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.
Of the victory, the Inglewood-Morningside High School product said, “We kept our word and as a team we all showed up to play defense. We didn’t want to miss any assignments this game. Allan Hancock is pretty good at shooting the ball and so we wanted to apply the pressure.”
Allan Hancock College defeated LASC, 53-36, last season, but the Bulldogs faced a much different team this year, as the Cougars defense forced Allan Hancock to commit 33 turn overs.
Sophomore shooting guard Tamera Lampkin forced half of the turnovers with gritty defensive play, and added 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 steals. The Lynwood High School graduate also was 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
In her second year with the Lady Cougars team co-captain Cassandra Raya, from Banning High School in Wilmington, was 4-for-10 from 3-point range contributing 12 points. Raya also pulled down 4 rebounds and dished out 3 assists to help her team to victory.
Karessa Fields, who led the Lady Cougars’ season opener against West L.A. with 25 points, owned up defensively during the game and contributed 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field, collected 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals. The Victor Valley High School alum was 2-for-6 from the free throw line.
Kayla Mason, a freshman from Westchester High School contributed 4 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist, and 1 blocked shot in her second game as a collegiate basketball player.
Anais Ben Said, international student-athlete from Monaco, France, contributed six points on 2-for-7 shooting, along with 2-for-6 in free-throws. Ben Said, did not go out hustled as she pulled down 12 rebounds and added 4 steals.
The Lady Cougars will travel to Pasadena City College to play in the President’s Roundball Classic next Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 9-11, at Hutto-Patterson Gymnasium, where they will face off against L.A. Pierce College at 6 p.m.