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The Lancers improved their mistakes on defense and spread the ball around as they beat Los Angeles Trade Tech College easily, 59-46, on Friday night. They improved to 4-4 in the SCC-North and 17-11 overall.

Women’s basketball coach Joe Peron likes his team’s chances against any opponent they are placed against. Defense has been a topic to work on throughout the season, and he feels it has elevated.

“We play really good basketball with everybody we play,” Peron said. “Our defense has picked up the last three games. We are understanding now at the end of the season, but beginning of the post season, how to play great defense.”

Chy’annea Hodges, who also played for PCC’s volleyball team in the fall, looked very active on both sides of the court this game, compiling 11 points and 4 steals. Regerina Baker was also active on both sides as usual, putting up 14 points and 17 rebounds with seven on the offensive side.

“Coming from volleyball season, I was still in volleyball mode so it did take me time [to get comfortable],” Hodges said. “After a while, it came along and my skills came back to me.”

The Lancers played great together on defense with their communication, helping one another, and making sure shooters are marked. And on offense, they set screens for each other and moved well without the ball. As soon as LA Trade Tech decided to try a full court trap, the Lancers were prepared and knew how to get out, which is something they lacked in the beginning of the season.

Judith Espinoza, who scored 12 points and handed out 8 assists, and Emily Thach, who added 12 points while shooting 57 percent from the field, were both bothered by injuries in the second half of the season, but they both looked unaffected by it.

“I feel since Mt. SAC, we’ve improved our defense,” Thach said. “We talk a lot more, we’re helping a lot more, we’ve been rebounding more, and stopping their second chances. If we keep that up, then they won’t have many shots to take and it would lower their percentage.”

PCC is ranked No. 10 in Southern California and travel to El Camino College to play the No. 7 ranked Warriors on Friday, Feb. 27 for a 7 p.m. game. The Warriors are 20-8 overall and 8-0 against conference opponents.

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