A Three-point Surge

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - December 31st, 2015


Cora Chan (Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

Cora Chan (Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

By Kaci Mexico
December 30 2015

Led by junior Cora Chan with 17 points, the # 2 Warriors’ (12-1) success from the three-point line along with their highly effective defensive pressure amounted to their second victory of the Westmont Women’s Basketball Holiday Classic Tournament. They defeated the Cascades of Fraser Valley of British Columbia (4-6) by a score of 71-46.

The game began with back and forth scoring for the first four and a half minutes (5-5) until Westmont went on a seven-point run to take their first substantial lead of the game (12-5). Senior Krissy Karr initiated the run with a jump shot, junior Aimee Brakken added a jump shot as well as the subsequent rebound, and junior Lauren McCoy topped it off with a layup.

By the end of the first period, six Warriors had scored to contribute to the team’s 24-13 lead.

In the second period the Warriors pulled even further ahead when they went on a 14 point run to finish out the half. The run consisted of four consecutive three-pointers – one by Brakken, two by Chan, and one by Karr. Junior Aysia Shellmire finished with a layup. The half ended with the Warriors leading 42-17

Westmont also excelled defensively as they held Fraser Valley to only four points in the second period.

Additionally, they outrebounded the Cascades 21 to 11 in the first half.

Fraser Valley made up some ground when they went on an eight-point run, followed by a six-point run to outscore Westmont in the third quarter 14-11. Kayli Sartori was responsible for every point in the eight-point run – she made a jump shot, two layups, and two free- throws.

However, the Warriors got the last word when Kayla Sato ended the third period with a three pointer followed by a steal that she converted into a layup; an immense individual effort that represented the strengths that the Warriors had exhibited in the game thus far – defensive tenacity and offensive consistency. The period ended with a score of 53-31.

True to form, the Warriors finished strong with an 11-point run in the fourth period. In this run Brakken and senior Karlie Storkson had back-to-back three-pointers, sophomore Morgan Haskin made two free-throws, and Chan finished with a three-pointer.

Ten Warriors played more than five minutes each, over the course of the game and the Warriors showed the depth of their bench by ending the game the way they ended the first half – with a 25-point lead.

The Bulk of the Warriors’ success came from their consistency at the three point line. Westmont, who usually averages 36.6 percent from three-point shooting range, averaged 55.6 percent in tonight’s game – due, in part, to Chan who was 5 for 6 from the three-point line. The Cascades were held to 1 of 20 from three-point range.

Overall Westmont had a 56.5 shooting percentage and Fraser Valley shot at 35.8 percent.

For the second game in a row, four Warriors scored in the double digits: Chan had 17 points, Shellmire had 13 points, and Storkson and Brakken each had 11 points.

In an earlier game on day two of the Holiday Classic Tournament, # 19 The Master’s College (10-2) defeated Johnson and Wales (Colo.) (9-9) 87-69.

The Warriors and The Master’s College, who are both in the Golden State Athletic Conference, each went 2-0 in the tournament.

The Warriors will not play again until January 5 when they will kick off the new year with a game against Biola in La Mirada at 5:30 p.m.