After being down by as many as 12 points in Friday nights game and looking dead in the water in the first half, the state No. 5 ranked Lancers picked up the pace in the second half.

The last time the Lancers saw El Camino’s women’s basketball team, the result was historically bad. The Warriors had given head coach Joe Peron his first loss against them in his 18-year career at PCC.

womenbasketball_simpson_01302014-5513 “Peron gave us a very inspiring speech at half time,” said center Kaitlyn Parks. “We came out strong in the second half and got it going in the end.”

Freshman Kiara Phillips, returning from an injury suffered at the beginning of the season, had a lot to do with the win on Friday. She contributed 13 points to lead all of PCC’s players.

“Phillips is just a natural shooter,” Peron said. “She has been the leading scorer on our team the last three games, and it’s no big surprise. She and Desiree Loving played very well out on the court.”

Loving was playing with the flu and said the game was a blur but she was able to score 12 points while out on the floor. The Lancers leading point guard was visibly frustrated during the game, missing shots that she said should have dropped and missing plays that didn’t develop the way she intended them to.

“Having the flu made it very difficult for me,” Desiree Loving said. “I couldn’t get my mind right. I tried my best, that’s all you can do. Leave it all on the court.”

Peron said that his team would be working on a lot of defense at practices, attempting to make it their consistent style of play.

“The game had its ups and downs,” Kiara Phillips, who sunk three three-point shots. “There were phases when we had mental lapses. I think we need a consistent flow to the game.”

PCC is now 5-1 and in second place in conference play, behind Mt. SAC with a 6-0 record. The Lancers are 16-5 overall.

“I’m starting to see good improvements on defense,” Peron said. “With this team, I feel that only they can beat themselves.”

Peron said that the Lancers were particularly eager to play against Mt. SAC on Feb. 14.

“We’ve beaten every No.1 team that we have faced… Even ourselves,” Peron said jokingly. “We’re waiting to face Mt. SAC. We plan on giving them a kiss.”

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