After a challenging start to the new year for both squads, the Mounties basketball teams were both able to bounce back in a big way this past week. The men got two much needed wins after falling short against El Camino on January 4, while the women continued to compete in the Crossover Challenge Tournament and getting a huge offensive boost from freshman guard Natalia Shpegel. Here is everything that happened this week in Mountie sports.
The women lost 66-59 on Wednesday to El Camino. Natalia Shpegel put up 23 points, eight rebounds, and four steals but did not get much help from her teammates in the scoring department. Tiana Douglas tied her for the team lead in rebounds with eight, while Aujanae Mayes had four assists, and Mya Victor made key plays on defense with a couple of blocks. The team bounced back on Friday in the Blue Bracket of the Crossover Challenge Tournament, with a close 66-62 victory over Canyons. Shpegel led the way again with 17 points. Jade Hughes was big on the boards with 14 of them. Mayes was dishing again with six assists this time, as well as three steals. The team is now 14-5 and will play at LA Trade-Tech on January 23.
The guys pulled away with a 63-61 win against El Camino on Wednesday. Cyree Dunnell made the game-winning layup with 18 seconds remaining. Those points were two of his 20 to lead the team. Israel Mansker had eight rebounds and Daniel DeJoya had three assists. They also beat LA Southwest on Friday in a shootout, 80-75. Joseph Gonzalez had a big night with 24 points. Shallamar Poole had 15 points and eight rebounds. DeJoya had 14 points and eight assists. Dunnell also had 14 points with three steals. It was a solid week for the Mounties, which they hope gets them on the right track. They are now 7-8 and will play on Wednesday, January 16 against LA Harbor.