Thomas scores 24, grabs 14 rebounds to pace Mt. San Jacinto into state semifinals

Thomas scores 24, grabs 14 rebounds to pace Mt. San Jacinto into state semifinals

Tournament Central

VENTURA, Calif. - Brittney Thomas put together a monster game of 24 points and 14 rebounds, had a couple of assists, and a block and a steal, as Mt. San Jacinto claimed the final semifinal berth on Saturday at the California Community College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship with a 65-46 win over College of the Sequoias on Thursday night.

The Eagles (30-2) will square off against Sierra College (30-1), which beat Irvine Valley, 94-75, to earn a spot in a semi at 3 p.m. Merced (27-5) and Fresno City (27-5) will meet for the fifth time this season in the first semifinal at 1 p.m.

COS was trying to be the fourth NorCal team and the third Central Valley Conference team - joining Merced and Fresno - in the semifinals but the Eagles, the south's second seed, outscored the Giants in every quarter to pull away for the win.

Thomas' s double-double was supported by a 14-point effort from Delacy Brown. The Eagles also went 17 of 19 (.895) from the line and held a 45-35 advantage on the boards.

Good defense by the Eagles and cold shooting by the Giants resulted in a 2-for-18 shooting start for COS and a 13-6 lead after the first quarter for Mt. San Jacinto. The Eagles outscored the Giants, 21-12, in the second quarter with Thomas collecting six points and four rebounds in the period. A 9-0 run, sparked by a trey and two free throws from Madeline Morrow and four points from Thomas, turned a five-point lead into a 22-8 advantage midway through the period.

Mt. San Jacinto, which 30-18 at halftime, continue to stretch the lead in the second half. The Eagles put up a 25-17 scoring advantage in the third quarter. They led 45-22 at one point in the third before taking a 55-35 lead into the final period.

Shae Sanchez scored 13 points, Michal Sasson scored 12 and Dejanee Gill added 10 for the Giants, who were held to 29% shooting. Zharia McCollum and N'Dea Jones each grabbed five rebounds for COS.