South Coast Conference North dominates Crossover Challenge with East Los Angeles and Pasadena City title wins

South Coast Conference North dominates Crossover Challenge with East Los Angeles and Pasadena City title wins

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PASADENA - The 16-team, Crossover Challenge Tournament became an all-South Coast Conference championship finals in the White and Blue Brackets. With state No. 6 ranked East Los Angeles College (Blue) and No. 9 rated Pasadena City (White) winning the respective tourney bracket titles Friday night, the SCC North Division is showing once again why it's the state's strongest conference.

ELAC (17-4) rolled over No. 15 and tourney host El Camino (SCC South), 71-51, as the Huskies were led by Tournament Blue MVP Dominique Godbolt's 13 points and 16 rebounds while All-Tournament selections Jaelynn Curley and Adriana Gonzalez added 12 and six points respectively. ELAC has won seven straight games going into the start of conference play. ECC (13-5) was paced by Jordan Hixon who tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds. 

Pasadena (15-3) upset No. 5-ranked and defending SCC North champ LA Trade Tech, 65-58, behind a record-setting performance by Tournament White MVP Dariel Johnson in the final played at Cerritos College. The sophomore center recorded the Lancers first-ever points-rebounds-blocks triple-double on 28 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks (also a school record) as she rallied her team from a 10-point deficit in the second half. All-Tournament choices Mariah Cathcart and Cosette Balmy each added 16 points in the final. 

For Trade Tech (17-3), Cheyenne Givens scored a team-high 23 points as the Beavers saw a 5-game win streak snapped. 

Another SCC North team, No. 11-ranked Mt. San Antonio, grabbed third place in the Blue Bracket behind a 66-62 win over Canyons. Natalia Shpegel led Mt. SAC (14-5) with 17 points. 

The South Coast Conference all but consumes the top of the SoCal RPI ratings. After No. 1-rated Moorpark, the SCC occupies the next five spots in No. 2 Pasadena, No. 3 El Camino, No. 4 East LA, No. 5 LA Trade Tech, and No. 6 Mt. SAC. Other high-rated SCC schools are Rio Hondo at No. 14 and Cerritos in the No. 16 slot. 

PCC Lancers after their Crossover Challenge White Bracket Tourney win.